Season Preview: Your guide to the arts in 2022After cancellations in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID, the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival has today announced its first line-up since 2019, with a bumper program running from 19 to 23 October. Making the most of Tasmanian landscape in spring, this year’s festival is based in and around the Meander Valley and the village of Westbury in Northern Tasmania.

Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival

Last staged in 2019, the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival returns with a bumper program in 2022. Photo supplied

“When we made the difficult decision to call 2020’s festival off, we vowed to return more special than ever in 2021. After not being able to do that, we’ve doubled down for 2022,” said Festival Director Allanah Dopson. “The magic of the festival lies in intimate performances held in stunning, character-filled venues.”

The five days are being segmented into two separate festivals, with Festival 1 running from 19-21 October, and Festival 2 running 21-23 October. Both festivals feature the same artists performing the same works for the most part, although there are a few alterations to the repertoire.

“We’re also excited to bring the festival to Westbury for the very first time, showcasing more of the beauty of northern Tasmania with its stunning historic venues, renowned food and wine and picturesque rolling countryside, all tied together with world class chamber music,” said Dopson.

The festival(s) kick off with the Goldner String Quartet (violinists Dene Olding and Dimity Hall, violist Irina Morozova and cellist Julian Smiles) performing Schumann’s textured String Quartet in A Major. Afterwards, they will be joined by esteemed pianist Piers Lane for Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Major.

Claire Edwardes

Claire Edwardes will perform at the 2022 Tamanian Chamber Music Festival. Photo supplied

The second concert of the festival features acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes performing a solo recital of eclectic works on various percussion instruments, ranging from JS Bach’s O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded arranged for solo marimba, to Matthew Shlomowitz’s Hi Hat and Me for solo hi hat and Ella Macens’ Falling Embers for vibraphone. Later, harpist and broadcaster Genevieve Lang will perform an intimate recital of selected solo harp, interspersed with personal stories and anecdotes from her career and life in music.

The Goldners return for a very different program, turning their attention to some of Australia’s most celebrated composers of chamber music, including works by Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, John Peterson and Paul Stanhope.

Baritone David Greco and pianist Erin Helyard bring their well reviewed interpretations of Schubert’s two greatest song cycles Die Schöne Müllerin (20 October) and Winterreise (22 October), tracking the romantic composers’ five-year long syphilitic decline through his writing. Drawing on some of the earliest interpretations of the works, these performances bring a refreshing light to these well-trodden works.

David Greco and Erin Helyard

David Greco and Erin Helyard will perform two different concerts at the 2022 Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival. Photo © Ken Leanfore

The final performance of the festival will see Piers Lane return to perform a solo recital of works from two Romantic period titans, Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Sonata in E Minor, and Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor and selections from Christmas Tree Suite. Afterwards, Lane will join the audience for lunch in the picturesque Culzean Gardens. 

“We’re delighted to be able to help fill the void left by the absence of music and experiences of this type in Tasmania for artists, patrons and tourism operators alike with a program filled with some of the nation’s best artists,” said Dopson

“With experiences of this type extremely hard to come by over the past 12 months, we’re expecting demand to be particularly high this year and I would encourage everyone to get in quickly to avoid disappointment.”


150 passes are now available for each festival. More information about the program and tickets can be found at taschamberfestival.com.au

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