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Full program launch on 12 Nov and tickets will be available for purchase from 19 Nov.



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Celebrating 25 years
2-12 May 2019

Artistic Director Roland Peelman and the festival team are hard at work creating a program that will ensure our 25th anniversary is the best Festival yet.

“To celebrate CIMF's first 25 years and prepare for the next quarter century, the music of J.S. BACH is our central focus. Bach as a universal figure in music. Bach as an anti-fashion icon. Bach as a master of counterpoint and a potent symbol for today’s multiplicity of voices.  

“The 2019 Festival will rejoice in the ever-deepening mastery of baroque specialists from Australia and Europe, their quest to reveal the intricate fabric of Bach’s perpetual musical flow, their dedication to his sound and sense of structure. And yet, the majesty of Bach’s musical architecture is not exclusive to the harpsichord or the gamba. For more than two hundred and fifty years now, musicians have found new pathways to the music of this Leipzig Cantor and we expect the digital age to shed new light again on Bach’s mighty oeuvre. Be it through the eloquence of an 18th century period performance, the passion of the 19th century Bach-revival, the composure of 20th century cool, or the latter-day Bach, re-discovered, re-imagined and re-mixed, our 2019 Festival might just add something to the great Bach traditions. But above all, we want to give you young Bach, the improviser who, on the spot, could take a musical idea further than anyone had thought possible. The Bach who failed to impress those town councillors in Leipzig in 1723, but has convinced every generation since.”

Roland Peelman, Artistic Director