Chamber music to play on thanks to festival funding

Marshall McGuire performing in the Harland Rise Barn at the 2017 Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival. Picture: supplied
Marshall McGuire performing in the Harland Rise Barn at the 2017 Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival. Picture: supplied

A Tasmanian classical music festival has secured funding to ensure it continues to run for the next three years.

The Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival was first held in October 2017, and will return to the Northern Midlands in the coming months.

With $100,000 in funding from the state government through Events Tasmania, the event will continue to delight music-lovers for the foreseeable future.

Tasmania Chamber Music Festival director Allanah Dopson said the funding would allow an increase of interstate visitors to the festival, and also increase the length of their stay.

It would also help the festival to attract international performers to the state, she said.

“We are blessed to have such wonderful scenery and historic buildings as well as thriving arts, food and wine scenes in Tasmania,” Ms Dopson said.

“Showcasing the magnificence of the Northern Tasmanian Midlands to visitors from across [Bass Strait] and around the world through the joy of chamber music has been a long-held dream of mine, and it is an honour to be able to continue doing so with the support of the government and Events Tasmania.”

The festival transforms the historic buildings of the region into backdrops for attendees to experience world-class chamber music alongside some of Tasmania’s best food and wine.

Ms Dopson said the inaugural festival in 2017 was met with “enthusiastic praise from attendees, artists, and critics alike”.

While the funding would help the festival grow in size and reputation, Ms Dopson said the weekend of food, music, and wine would still remain a “boutique event”.

Musicians performing at this year’s festival include the Tinalley String Quartet, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, Erin Helyard and Jacqueline Porter with Emma McGrath, and Umberto Clerici. Music played will range from Debussy, Schubert, Bach, to Mozart.

The festival will run across major sites throughout the Northern Midlands, such as Evandale, Woolmers Estate, Brickendon Estate, and Longford’s Christ Church.

Tourism Minister Will Hodgman said last year’s inaugural event brought together “world class chamber music with wonderful scenery, produce, and historical architecture of the Northern Midlands”.

Ms Dopson said she was grateful to the state government and Events Tasmania for believing in the value of the festival, and for their confidence in Tasmania’s artistic sector.

Tickets are still available for single concerts at the 2018 Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival.

For more information or for tickets, head online to, phone 6323 3666, or visit Launceston’s Princess Theatre.

  • The Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival will take place on October 26 to 28 in the Northern Midlands.