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Crossroads Chamber Music Festival

9 September 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEST

 TICKETS: Single Ticket: Adults $45, Concession $ 35+; Subscription 4 Concerts: Adults $ 140, Concession $ 120

The finest chamber music festival between Townsville and Sydney: Celebrating the String Quartet

The Central Coast Crossroads Music Festival is a friendly, unique event presenting four inspiring concerts over two days to celebrate the String Quartet.

The Festival will present a spring extravaganza for classical music lovers. Presented at the Greenway Chapel, a sub-tropical forest setting where a passing cockatoo has been known to contribute some dubious audience participation.

Now in its ninth year, the event promises the finest chamber music festival between Townsville and Sydney.

“Created especially for this Festival, I am proud to have inspired the formation of the Central Coast based Quartet, Dan Russel’s Phoenix Collective String Quartet”, says Charmian Gadd Artistic Director, Crossroads Festival of Chamber Music.

Saturday’s concert 2 will be previewed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s trumpeter, Paul Goodchild at 2.30pm. Paul will play a new piece in honor of his father Cliff Goodchild. A tuba player, Cliff grew up in St Joseph’s Home for the boys at Mary McKillop’s Convent at Kincumber. Cliff eventually became a member of Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In keeping with Charmian’s philosophy of musicians of all ages playing, she and 16-year-old Sebastien Hibbard, a recipient of the Central Coast’s Concerto Competition and a Sydney Conservatorium Rising Star will perform in Concert 3 one of the most sacred pieces of the chamber music repertoire – the slow movement of the Shubert two cello quartet.

Two established professional Quartets will also join the Festival. The Acacia Quartet and the Caro Quartet.

Formed by members of the Opera Australia Orchestra, by sheer coincidence two members of the Caro Quartet are children of Sydney’s legendary Suzuki teachers, Yasuki Nakamura, violin and Takao Mizushima cello.

Experience the finest chamber musicians celebrating the String Quartet on the Central Coast performing in various combinations exclusively in the beautiful semi-tropical surroundings of the Greenway Chapel with a fantastic line-up of Artists.

The Crossroads Chamber of Music Festival is presented under the guidance of Charmian Gadd.

Artistic design by Francesca Bell.

Supported by the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music with funding from the Department of Education under the Regional Conservatorium Grants Program.

Festival Information

Concert # 1 | SAT 8 SEPT | 11.00 AM         Concert # 3 | SUN 9 SEPT | 11.00 AM
Concert # 2 | SAT 8 SEPT | 2.30 PM         Concert # 4 SUN 9 SEPT | 3.00 PM

Concert #1   |   SAT 8 SEPT   | 11.00 AM

Charmian Gadd & Friends   |   Phoenix Collective String Quartet

Repertoire Artists
A dedication to “Papa” Haydon, the father of the string quartet, featuring Haydn’s “The Lark”, Mozart’s “Dissonant” and other Quartet movements. Charmian & Friends

Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden”


Dan Russell & Eva Li (violins)

Ella Brinch (viola)

Caroline Otto (Cello)

Concert # 2   |   SAT 8 SEPT   |   2.30 PM

Paul Goodchild   |   Acacia String Quartet

Repertoire Artists
A new composition in honor of Paul Goodwin’s his father Cliff Goodchild Paul Goodchild (trumpet)

Haydn’s Quartet Op77 No1

Elena Kats- Chernin’s “From Anna Magdalena’s Notebook”

Beethoven’s Op18 No.6.


Acacia String Quartet

 Concert # 3 SUN 9 SEPT 11:00 AM

Repertoire Artists
A look at instruments and their timbres and ‘colours’ and a few master works written for smaller combinations leading to the quartet & quintet format.

Works by Mozart, Kodaly and the slow movement of Schubert two cello quintet.

Charmian & Friends with guest

Sebastien Hibbard (cello)


A prizewinning young quartet from Sydney Conservatorium playing a Mendelssohn quartet


Young Quartet, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Concert # 4 SUN 9 SEPT 3.00 PM

The Caro Quartet

Repertoire Artists
Quartet by Karol Szymanowski

Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet

String Quartet by Maurice Ravel

Guest clarinet Peter Jenkin


 After each concert join the Festival team in the Chapel Gardens for drinks and complimentary nibbles.



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