Sold out Chamber Music Festival ready to serenade Evandale

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Recorderist Genevieve Lacey rehearses with Tasmania’s Van Diemen’s Band ahead of the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival this weekend. photo: Toby Frost

With tickets completely sold out for the inaugural Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival this weekend, historic Evandale will be buzzing with world class musicians, Tasmania’s finest produce and visitors from around the state and across the strait.

Tasmania’s first chamber music festival now joins a growing list of unique arts and music festivals now thriving in the state’s north, including Junction Arts, Ten Days and Mona Foma.

With artists including recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, harp soloist Marshall McGuire and the Tinalley String Quartet, regarded by many as the finest of their generation, the festival has drawn significant attention from the Australian classical music community.

For Festival Director Allanah Dopson the rapid ticket sales and strong national interest all point to a long term future for the new festival.

“I have been blown away by the level of interest, and I never would have predicted we would have people signing up to waiting lists just to have a chance of attending,” said Ms Dopson.

“With everything now falling into place, we’re all excited for a fabulous weekend of world class music, engaging personalities and the best in Tasmanian food and wine.”

Performances will begin on Friday evening with the Tinalley String Quartet at Clarendon House and conclude with an intimate harp performance by Marshall McGuire at the 80 seat Harland Rise Barn on Sunday afternoon.

While Ms Dopson’s attention is firmly focused on ensuring the success of the various events and performances over the weekend, plans for a 2018 festival are already well into gear, with more performances, more big names and more tickets firmly on the cards for the future.

As another highlight of the thriving Tasmanian arts and cultural scene, the sell-out festival will be a welcome economic boost to the north, with tourism investment predicted to increase exponentially as the festival grows in years to come.

The Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival received a $20,000 grant from the Tasmanian Government courtesy of Events Tasmania to make the inaugural event a reality.

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