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The Albury Chamber Music Festival has announced its 2022 program, entitled The Year of the Voice, with 10 concerts across three days in November in the beautiful town on the border of NSW and Victoria.

Artistic Directors, mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell and conductor and percussionist Mario Dobernig, have gathered together some of Australia’s finest music-makers including Andrew Goodwin, Andrea Lam, Yi Wang, David Drury and John Bolton-Wood, as well as Russell and Dobernig themselves, who will perform at for the festival, which takes place 4–6 November, 2022.

Sally Anne-Russell and Mario Dobernig.

Sally Anne-Russell and Mario Dobernig. Image supplied

Dobernig said in a statement, “Sally-Anne Russell and I are looking forward to presenting world-class music and musicians in exquisite settings and to connecting like-minded music lovers through music and social events.”

Performance highlights include David Drury performing on a Letourneau Pipe Organ at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, a solo piano recital by Andrea Lam – including Australian composer Matthew Hindson’s Sad Piano Piece, which Lam recently revealed to Limelight she has recorded for release in 2023 – a performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, starring Russell and Goodwin, and Goodwin and Lam teaming up to tackle Schubert’s stunning, haunting Winterreise.

Pianist Andrea Lam. Photo © Keith Saunders.

Pianist Andrea Lam. Photo © Keith Saunders.

The festival is also engaged with the musical community of the region. Thirteen-year-old piano prodigy Nikki Jian, recipient of the 2021 Albury Chamber Music Festival Prize, will perform a solo piano recital including Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 27 No 2, Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata and Rachmaninov’s Vocalise, arranged for piano. Father Peter MacLeod-Miller leads the Festival Advent Service at St Matthews on the Sunday morning, incorporating instrumental and vocal works by JS Bach.

A three-day festival pass gets you into all 10 concerts, plus a three-course dinner as part of the Opening Gala celebrations. And in an initiative that this writer hopes becomes standard at all concerts nationwide, the festival will pause for scones and a walk around the grounds of the heritage-listed Adamshurst mansion immediately prior to the final concert.

Held annually since 2016, the festival strives to bring world-class chamber music to Albury and the wider region surrounding the NSW/Victoria border. It makes full use of Albury’s exquisite late 19th-century architecture, with concerts held in St Matthew’s Church, the Adamshurst ballroom, the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) and the Albury Club.

The 2022 Albury Chamber Music Festival runs 4–6 November in Albury, NSW. More information.

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