Canberra’s festival milestone. 25 years of adventures in music.

No need to go to Leipzig. The music of J.S. Bach is alive in Australia’s cool little capital. The essential and the unexpected collide 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 shows Bach – and the capital – in a new light.

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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 Ladies 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.


A premiere like no other

The 25th Canberra International Music Festival roars into life with the spectacular world premiere of English Baroque, a new chapter in celebrated collaboration between the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa.

Join us for this dazzling experience of contemporary circus and enchanting English masque and theatre music where the concert hall is transformed, exploding with sound, colour and movement.

★★★★ “Go see it.” – Sydney Morning Herald