MUSICAL MASTER: Michael Askill is one of the stars of this year's Tyalgum Music Festival.
MUSICAL MASTER: Michael Askill is one of the stars of this year's Tyalgum Music Festival.

Tyalgum fills with the sound of chamber music festival

IT'S that time of year again when the historic Tyalgum Hall will fill with the sound of chamber music as part of the award-winning Tyalgum Music Festival.

And heading up an impressive guest list for the event, September 6-8, is one of Queensland, Australia and the world's most loved percussionists, Dr Michael Askill.

Collaborating with some of the world's leading musicians and choreographers including Australian's Graeme Murphy and Meryl Tankard, Dr Askill is also a former artistic director of Synergy Percussion.

Before embarking on a successful independent career, he was principal timpanist with the Melbourne Symphony and then principal percussionist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Dr Askill was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Percussive Arts Society in 2016.

He heads an impressive program for this year's festival held in and around the Tweed Valley village, says co-artistic director of the festival, Dr Anna McMichael.

She said this year's artists included leading Australian soprano Greta Bradman; the virtuosic Tinalley String Quartet; Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo; Camerata String Quintet led by Brendan Joyce; a unique collaboration between Tibet's Tenzin Choegyal, cellist Katherine Philp, and Grammy Award-winning flautist Tim Munro leading a Roving Opera throughout the village.

"Combining fine music, leading artists and new experiences, Tyalgum Music Festival sees the entire village become an energetic hub of vivid live music and art," Dr McMichael said.

"From the kaleidoscopic opening gala, featuring Strauss's stunning Four Last Songs for soprano and piano quintet, the Tyalgum adventure weaves through immersive Renaissance brass in-the-round, sumptuous French Romanticism, enthralling contemporary improvisation and more."

She said the weekend was aimed at being both immediately approachable and welcoming for any music lover and yet inviting a new adventure around every corner.

"These virtuosic and enthralling performances are accompanied by a uniquely warm and vibrant community atmosphere," she said.

"Across events such as nibbles and drinks at the opening gala, communal afternoon tea at the closing, improvised musical 'conversations', and pop-up events throughout the village, everyone is welcomed into the Tyalgum family."

Tickets: 4mbs.com.au or (07) 3847 1717. The program is on tyalgumfestival.com.au.


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