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Crossroads Chamber Music Festival 2019

8 September 2019 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm AEST

$30 – $200

A brand new string quartet, musicians of international acclaim, a stunning hand-crafted Kawai grand piano and a beautiful setting.

Crossroads Chamber Music Festival is in its twelfth year and will be presented by Festival Director Charmian Gadd on 7 & 8 September at Greenway Memorial Chapel and Garden.

This will be Charmian’s last festival, and she will announce her successor for 2020 and beyond at the festival, as well as a brand new string quartet.

Come and celebrate this extraordinary musician and her love of chamber music with six concerts over two days, including 2 solo piano recitals, 3 string chamber music concerts and a brass ensemble featuring Sydney Symphony Associate Principal Trumpet and Co-Patron of Crossroads Chamber Music Festival, Paul Goodchild and Sydney Brass, which comprises some of the finest orchestral brass players in Australia.

This musical gem is the best-quality chamber music festival between Sydney and Townsville.

Born and bred on the Central Coast, Charmian has enjoyed an international career which has spanned Europe, the US and Asia. The London Times wrote: ‘If ever a woman was born to play concertos it is this Australian violinist Charmian Gadd.’

Charmian was decorated in a number of prestigious international competitions, including winning Diplomes d’honneur at the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky competitions and prizes in Vienna and Philadelphia. She also played under Yehudi Menuhin in the Bath Festival Orchestra and with Sir Neville Marriner in St Martins in the Field.

As part of her vibrant musical life on the Coast Charmian is Patron of the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music and Symphony Central Coast.

Charmian has hand-selected the groups who will appear at the festival.

Sydney-based Acacia Quartet is returning after being received to great acclaim at the festival in 2018 to open the festival.

Concert 2 is presented by Australian piano soloist Phillip Shovk present Mussorgsky’s Pictures at An Exhibition.

While Concert 3 is presented by Paul Goodchild and Sydney Brass, a group which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary and was initially founded by Paul’s father, late Sydney Symphony Principal Tuba, Cliff Goodchild. Cliff began his music journey at Kincumber Boys’ Home on the NSW Central Coast.

The Sunday program opens with Concert 4 featuring the original players in Charmian & Friends, a much-loved chamber music quartet.

Concert 5 will be presented by another Aussie concert pianist, living abroad and working internationally Tony Lee.

The finale, Concert 6, will feature the Caro Quartet, a Sydney-based string quartet which comprises members of the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra.

Come and enjoy this smorgasbord of musical delights!

Morning tea will be provided each day.

Lunch can be purchased for $15.



Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens
460 Avoca Drive
Green Point, New South Wales 2251 Australia
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