With more than 40 events from breakfast to bedtime, the 2019 Canberra International Music Festival shows Bach – and the capital – in a new light.

The 25th Canberra International Music Festival revels in the ever-deepening artistry of baroque specialists from Australia and Europe, including Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Bach Akademie Australia directed by Madeleine Easton and rising star Korneel Bernolet. International heavyweights such as Brodsky Quartet, Quatuor Voce and Vyacheslav Gryaznov join forces with some of Australia’s most charismatic artists: Kristian Winther, Andrew Goodwin, Natalie Peluso and many more.  

But the majesty of Bach’s musical architecture also insires new and unexpected pathways. Enter the Ntaria Choir, ‘keepers of song’ from Hermannsburg, NT, and intrepid musicians like Dan Tepfer, saxophone quartet and Trio SR9.

Bach is alive in Canberra. And so is the 2019 composers’ collective-in-residence: Jess Green, Bree van Reyk and Nick Wales. Along with Moya Henderson, Ella Macens, Chris Sainsbury and Michael Dooley, they compose new work for our 25th Anniversary.

And then there is a literary touch. Helen Garner joins the Festival for the performance of Andrew Schultz’s chamber opera on her novella, The Children’s Bach.