Excitement building for Tyalgum Music Festival

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Virtuoso cellist Louise King

THE COUNTDOWN is on for the Tyalgum Music Festival which will bring a variety of art, music, song and poetry to the tiny village of Tyalgum from Friday, September 8 until Sunday, September 10.

The Tyalgum Music Festival promises a unique mix of ticketed concerts featuring high calibre musicians alongside fun, free outdoor community music events and village pop-up concerts.

The festival will welcome an inviting and inspiring line up of artists, including festival favourites Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, Camerata, the sublime Lyrebird trio and acclaimed tenor Andrew Goodwin.

The virtuosic Australian Brass Quintet will join the festival for the first time along with the award winning pianist Daniel de Borah and flamboyant cellist Louise King.

Special new events not to be missed this year include a Shooting Stars concert for young artists, Michael Askill’s meditative installation ‘Gongs in the Caldera’ and percussion extravaganza ‘Vibrations in a Landscape’ directed by Vanessa Tomlinson and Eric Griswold.

The creative ambience of the village will be highlighted with art exhibitions by local artists, outdoor sound installations and the Saturday village market.

The village has undergone a transformation since last year’s festival with a new courtyard between the store and post office, new footpaths through much of the village, a new park (which will open this Saturday, September 2 from 10am) and street gardens tended to by a great team of volunteers.

The historic Norco Butter Factory will be reborn as The Buttery and will host a wonderful selection of paintings and illustrations by local artist Patricia Maria Fair through the weekend.

This fine setting will also host a special free guest performance at noon on Saturday, September 9  of virtuoso cellist Louise King, renowned for her heartfelt musical delivery and commanding presence.

There will be a number of exciting free events across the weekend including a free percussion event ‘Gongs in the Caldera’, to be held at The Buttery on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10.

Visitors can discover the mystery and beauty of gongs and singing bowls in this unique collection by gong artist Michael Askill.

‘Vibrations in a Landscape for 20 Percussionists’ is another great free event to be held on Sunday, September 10 at the Bruce Bartrim Oval.

The event features a musical performance, kinetic sculpture and ephemeral environmental artwork all in one, featuring a team of 20 percussionists performing an organically unfolding choreography of sound and movement by Erik Griswold and Vanessa Tomlinson, from 1pm to 1.45pm.

Across the road from the Tyalgum Hall at Jasna Gallery, artist Jasna Spiranovic will exhibit a fine showing of her recent works through Saturday and Sunday of the festival weekend.

The event is supported by the Tyalgum Hotel, Flutterbies and General Store with the hotel and Flutterbies also featuring free music and entertainment throughout the entire weekend.

The weekend will finish with a bang during the closing gala concert (ticketed event) on Sunday, September 10 from 2.30pm at the Tyalgum Community Hall with performances from the Australian Brass Quintet, with their exciting arrangement of Bernstein’s West Side story and Andrew Goodwin and Daniel de Borah with sublime Schubert Lieder.

For the full program and tickets visit https://www.tyalgumfestival.com.au