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#CIMF19: Canberra’s festivaL milestone.

25 years of adventures in music.

No need to go to Leipzig. The music of J.S. Bach was alive in Australia’s cool little capital. The essential and the unexpected collided in glorious counterpoint, with artists from around the world amongst Canberra’s natural and cultural treasures. With a host of concerts and events from breakfast to bedtime, the 2019 Festival showed Bach – and the capital – in a new light.

“This is no simple trotting out of classics, but a wide-ranging exploration of Bach, his legacy and resonances… [The opening concert] set out Peelman’s far-ranging vision in spectacular fashion”

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE, 4 May 2019

CIMF 2019 was our best festival yet, and 2020 will be even better.

1-10 May 2020. Click on the button below to be the first to know.


CIMF a finalist in two categories: 2019 Art Music Awards

  • Instrumental Work of the Year: for Mary Finister’s Ignis - performed by James Wannan (viola d’amore) and Christopher Pidcock (cello) at CIMF 2018

  • Award for Excellence by an Organisation.

Stalin’s Piano by Robert Davidson, which was commissioned by the Festival and premiered at CIMF 2017, is also a finalist for Instrumental Work of the Year for a subsequent performance.

The annual Art Music Awards is the only event in Australia that specifically acknowledges achievements in the fields of composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian art music. Download press release (PDF).