CIMF 2017 Festival program now online!

The Canberra International Music Festival 2017 program is now online! Festival fans can get in early to secure the best seats in the house, as well as take advantage of discounts by purchasing a Festival Pass or choose their own adventure with a Five Concert Pass.

The iconic Canadian Brass  

The iconic Canadian Brass

Venezuela's Simón Bolívar Quartet

Venezuela's Simón Bolívar Quartet

This year’s theme is Revolution: A Music Adventure from the Barricades of Time. In the words of Artistic Director Roland Peelman, “The vibe for the 2017 festival is Revolution, not because some people have described Brexit or the United States election as a revolution, but because one hundred years ago in Russia, amidst the ravages of war, a real and extraordinary revolution did take place. It gives us a chance to ponder the nature and the circumstances of radical change, not only in the political arena but in life itself. There is going to be so much to listen to, and so much to talk about.”

Storyteller William Yang

Storyteller William Yang

Momentous events and cataclysmic changes form the backdrop to the 2017 Festival. Over eleven exhilarating days, see and hear how the great milestones in our history provide the context for over twenty five musical experiences. From amidst Canberra’s most iconic buildings we look out onto a world of music: Mozart and Shostakovich both receiving special attention, but also Bach, Handel, indigenous artists and composers such as Robert Davidson, Elena Kats-Chernin and Andrew Ford. Most importantly, we bring the world to Canberra in the form of renowned performers such Canadian Brass, Israeli clarinetist Orit Orbach, two dynamic string quartets from France and Venezuela who both make their first appearance in Australia, musicians from Singapore, China, the United States, and more.

A vibrant fusion of thought-provoking conversation, some culinary adventures on the side, and over twenty expertly curated concerts with charismatic performers from around the globe – that’s the Canberra International Music Festival: 27 April to 7 May 2017, an annual treat for Australia’s cultural enthusiasts!

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For more information about the 2017 Canberra International Music Festival, please contact Marketing Coordinator Krista Vincent on 6182 0023 or

Two new faces for the Canberra International Music Festival

Krista Vincent

Krista Vincent

The Canberra International Music Festival welcomes two new key staff with the hiring of Production Manager Rachel Gould and Marketing Coordinator Krista Vincent. Rachel and Krista bring a wealth of arts sector experience as well as an international perspective that will strengthen and enhance the festival team. These two new positions are made possible in part by substantial public investments following the success of the 2016 season. Defying industry trends, the 2016 Festival enjoyed record attendance with sell-out concerts and attracted over 6,400 attendees with its reputation for excellence and sense of adventure.

Rachel Gould is well known in Canberra, where she has worked as a professional musician and arts administrator for the past 10 years. Graduating from the ANU School of Music with a BMus Performance degree in clarinet, Rachel has performed with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and also worked as the Orchestra Manager for the Canberra Pops Orchestra. Rachel has a strong background in event management, working as the Production Manager of the 2008 Pacific School Games Opening Ceremony, Operations Manager of the National Folk Festival (2009–12) and delivered hundreds of events in 2013 as part of the Centenary of Canberra team. More recently Rachel has been working for Musica Viva in an outreach role and is regularly seen backstage at Llewellyn Hall as a stage manager for various local and touring productions.

I’m thrilled to be returning to CIMF, which I have had a strong association with over many years. In fact I’ll be returning to the production manager role which I held from 2005–08 with then Director Nicole Canham. It’s amazing to see how much the festival has grown and flourished over the years, and I can’t wait to be part of what is shaping up to be a very exciting 2017 program.” Rachel Gould, Production Manager.

Marketing coordinator Krista Vincent comes to us by way of St. John’s, Newfoundland. With over 20 years of performing experience throughout Canada and Europe, Krista holds music and ethnomusicology degrees from McGill University, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and Memorial University of Newfoundland. She spent eight years in the Netherlands, working with leading composers and internationally renowned groups including Martijn Padding, Leine Roebana and ZT Hollandia. In Canada, Krista worked as a collaborative pianist and was artistic director of the Ora Ensemble, creating performance events that blended elements of new music, visual art and performance theatre. For the last two years, she held the role of General Manager of the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival.

I am so impressed with the vibrancy and sophistication of the music scene here in the ACT, and look forward to working with the staff and volunteers in attracting many more new music lovers to the wonderful adventure that is the Canberra International Music Festival.” Krista Vincent, Marketing Coordinator.

The upcoming 2017 Festival, titled Revolution: A Music Adventure from the Barricades of Time, will span 11 music-filled days and nights between 27 April and 7 May. Artistic Director Roland Peelman brings together a program of expertly curated performances that tell the story of major societal upheaval throughout history, told through the powerful, provocative, and oftentimes transcendental music these events have inspired. More information about the 2017 Festival, including complete schedule and ticket information, will be announced in December. For all the latest news, stay tuned to, join our mailing list, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

On behalf of the entire CIMF Team, we warmly welcome Rachel and Krista. We are delighted to have you with us!

We're hiring - Marketing Coordinator

Are you passionate about music and want to take the next step in your marketing career? The Canberra International Music Festival is looking for a new part-time Marketing Coordinator to help spread the word about the 2017 Festival. The Marketing Coordinator will be responsible for delivery the Festival's 2017 Marketing Plan and there is the opportunity to expand the role into a management position depending on the successful candidate's experience. Applications close on the 21 October. Read more.

New Faces and New Funding for the Canberra International Music Festival

The Canberra International Music Festival is strengthening its team after a record number of people attended the 2016 Festival. This week the Festival announced the appointment of a new General Manager and substantial investments from the Australia Council for the Arts as well as the ACT Event Fund. Having earned a reputation for excellence and a sense of adventure, the Festival is preparing the way for the 2017 Festival, earmarked for 27 APRIL to 7 MAY 2017.

A record number of people attended the 2016 Festival with sell-out concerts and over 6,400 attendees, an increase of 9% over the previous year. At a time when the classical music industry in Australia is experience a downturn in audience numbers, this increase is a testament to the Festival’s growing popularity and Canberra’s maturing arts scene.

The Festival’s success in attracting new music lovers has been recognised by the Australia Council for the Arts in a very competitive market. Its recent announcement that the Festival has been successful in receiving Project Funding has been strengthened by the ACT Government’s renewed commitment from the ACT Event Fund. These funds arrive at an auspicious time and will allow Roland Peelman and the team to continue building the Festival.

“This Festival has come of age, and in a sophisticated city such as Canberra, the music Festival can connect with the age, the many strands of thought and experience. We are so grateful that the people of Canberra can make a Festival like this possible, both for our audiences here and our visitors.” Roland Peelman, Artistic Director.

The Festival is delighted to welcome Gavin Findlay as its new General Manager. Gavin is well known in Canberra’s musical community having been Director of Canberra Youth Music from 1997-2002. He originally studied tuba and played with the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra for eight years before moving into arts management and later the Australian Public Service. For the last two years he has been President of MusicACT, campaigning successfully to improve ACT Government policy and regulation to better support live music and cultural events.  A noted multi-instrumentalist, Gavin appears regularly on stage with groups such as the Canberra Wind Symphony and electronic group Ample-Sample. For Gavin, working with the Festival was an opportunity too good to miss:

“I’m over the moon to be appointed to the role at such an important moment in the Festival’s history. It’s obviously already a very well-run organisation and I am really looking forward to working with Roland and drawing on all my skills to maximise our potential in every aspect of the operation.” Gavin Findlay, General Manager.

The Canberra International Music Festival will release more details about its 2017 program in November this year, visit and stay tuned for more details.

For more information about the 2017 Canberra International Music Festival, including interviews and high resolution images, please contact Miranda Borman, the Festival’s Marketing and Communications Consultant, on 0434 100 571 or