Our 2018 season enjoyed a wealth of media coverage, both from local media outlets and nationally. Here are just some of the highlights as featured in Limelight Magazine, Canberra Critics Circle, and City News, the latter who once again took on the ambitious project of reviewing the 2018 program in its entirety!
Woodward looked exhausted as he walked off, but graciously returned for two short encores. Sometimes music reviewers have the privilege of hearing something quite exceptional. This was one of those occasions.
Review by VINCENT PLUSH, The Australian, May 9, 2018
Twenty-five years ago, a group of music lovers in Canberra banded together to stage a small-scale festival in embassies, small halls and their houses. This past fortnight, the Canberra International Music Festival has presented a program of astonishing breadth and high performance standards.
Our popular Talk of the Town series is back in 2018, with three intimate chats in the serene setting of Gorman Arts Centre, as well as a special masterclass at the ANU School of Music! Ask that burning musical question. Hear the story that drives exceptional artists to pursue a path less travelled. Listen to world-class musicians as they demonstrate their craft.
FRIDAY 27 April, 2:00pm | Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre
Meet two major protagonists of the violin: New York based Tim Fain of Philip Glass fame and Cecilia Bernardini, Dutch-Italian specialist of baroque and classical violin. A discussion on versatility, virtual reality and the rewards and challenges of classical music in the digital age.
MONDAY 30 April, 4:00pm | Larry Sitsky Room, ANU School of Music
Be a fly on the wall at this Roger Woodward masterclass and gain a rare insight into the working methods of a master pianist. With young pianists Rachael Shipard and Aaron Chew.
TUESDAY 1 May, 2:00pm | Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre
Two home grown Australian quartets: Orava Quartet reflecting on their first ten years share stories with the freshly-minted Pietra Quartet.
THURSDAY 3 May, 2:00pm | Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre
Four international festival artists call Amsterdam home: celebrated fortepiano specialist Keiko Shichijo, flautist and composer Ned McGowan along with Adrian Brown and Susanna Borsch from Dapper’s Delight. All four have carved out a unique creative pathway in a very competitive environment.
Tickets for all three events just $10.00. Light refreshments and a short performance included in the ticket price for the three Gorman House events. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at www.cimf.org.au
Celebrated harp soloist Alice Giles AM has received her antique 18th century harp just in time for its Australian debut at the Canberra International Music Festival. The harp was made in Paris by Godefroi Holzman around 1785. Decorated with ebonised lacquer and guilt Chinoiserie and a painted soundboard after the style of Watteau, it has been lovingly restored to perfect playing condition by the London based antique harp expert Michael Parfett.
"This autumn, you'd be hard pressed to find a more cultural experience than the Canberra International Music Festival: ten days of bliss for the eyes, the ears… and tastebuds. The Festival has it all: from medieval bards to baroque excellence, from classic refinement to contemporary discoveries, interspersed with gallery visits, forums, discussions and culinary tastings. Indeed, the mix of international guests with something to say, Australians at the top of their game, eager young musicians and senior artists with a lifetime of experience creates a heady brew.
"Music making may be the centrepiece of the Festival but the experience is all encompassing. Come see for yourself between 27 April - 6 May, the 24th Canberra International Music Festival."
Roland Peelman, Artistic Director
Discovery and re-discovery make the Festival experience so wonderful. So why not treat yourself and take in more than just one event at CIMF2018? Here are some recommendations to get you started:
If you like Israel in Egypt, you'll love Il Ritorno
Wednesday, 2 May at 6:30pm
One of the great pillars of Italian opera, Monteverdi’s Il ritorno is a study in humanity and compassion. Featuring Chloe Lankshear, soprano; Kate Howden, mezzo-soprano; Tobias Cole, countertenor; Dan Walker, tenor; Andrew Fysh, bass - along with an all star cast of Festival artists.
If you like The Trout, you'll love Classsic Souvenir
Sunday, 29 April at 6:30pm
Beethoven's Sonata op. 96 is characteristic of his late style: ineffable beauty and restrained exaltation. Performed by Cecilia Bernardini and Keiko Shichijo, two of Europe’s most respected performers on historic instruments of the early 19th century.
If you liked Antiqua Forma, you'll love I Bassifondi
Saturday, 5 May at 11am
Led by Roman lute/theorbo player Simone Vallerotonda, I Bassifondi – freely translated as “the wrong side of the tracks” – have recently shot to fame with irreverent and catchy versions of guitar music from the 16th and 17th century.
For the full Festival line-up, visit cimf.org.au/2018-whats-on/
The Canberra International Music Festival is set to explore new directions with the award of an Australia Council for the Arts Professional Development Grant to its newly-appointed Program Manager Alex Raupach. Along with project funding from the Australia Council for the Arts for the 2018 Festival, the grant is testament to the Festival’s leadership position in the Australian music and cultural landscape. Against industry trends, Festival attendance has been growing year after year with the 2018 Festival, to be held 27 April – 6 May, anticipated to attract record interstate attendees to the nation’s capital.
Alex is well known to Canberran audiences for his commitment to the local jazz community. A graduate of ANU School of Music and prolific composer and musical collaborator, he has relocated from Melbourne to work as Program Manager for the 2018 Festival and to assist in planning for the Festival’s 25th anniversary in 2019, under the mentorship of Artistic Director Roland Peelman.
Rounding out the vibrant new team are Artist and Media Coordinator Lilly Hannock and Production Coordinator Isaac Dugdale. The diverse talents that young professionals like Alex, Lilly and Isaac bring to the organization is necessary for the Festival’s continued growth and future development, as it seeks to reach new audiences and test new program ideas.
Artistic Director Roland Peelman is delighted with the expansion of the Festival team:
"The new blood at Festival Headquarters reflects the new wind blowing through Canberra and optimism about the future of the arts in Canberra. If Alex, Lilly and Isaac are anything to go by, our Festival will be in good hands. We are lucky to be able to draw on such a talented group of people and bring imaginative thinkers with a diverse range of experience and expertise into the festival fold. This is how we transform the Festival into a vehicle for the 21st century and centre of attraction for the nation.
"Alex isn't one to blow his own trumpet, but I very happy to do it for him, as well as for the bright young team at CIMF. Watch this space!"