Tyalgum alive with sound of music

Anthony Garcia, Auntie Delmae Barton and William Barton. Photo Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music.

Anthony Garcia, Auntie Delmae Barton and William Barton. Photo Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music.

Luis Feliu
A world premiere performance of a musical piece dedicated to the beauty of the north coast, called The Green Cauldron, is one of the highlights of this weekend’s Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music.
The piece, featuring didgeridoo, cello and guitars, to be performed at the historic Tyalgum Hall on Saturday  from 7.30pm, was specially commissioned by the festival organisers for this year’s event.
It features one of Australia’s most celebrated didgeridoo players, William Barton, and renowned Australian classical guitarist Anthony Garcia.
The two, along with William’s mother, the composer and traditional Aboriginal songwoman Aunty Delmae Barton, the Brew Guitar Duo of Matthew Withers and Bradley Kunda, and Dutch cellist Teije Hylkema will perform the piece described as ‘a vivid evocation of the Tweed Valley’s luscious landscape’.
The theme of the this year’s festival is the history of the piano and, appropriately, a Steinway Grand concert piano has been brought to Tyalgum from Brisbane especially for the three-day event.
It will be used in the village hall, famed for its acoustic qualities, for several of the festival’s concerts, including tomorrow night’s gala opening performance at 7pm titled Archduke, featuring three works by three musicians from three countries: Australian violinist Anna McMichael, cellist Teije Hylkema and Israeli pianist Arnan Wiesel.
Other highlights in the program include the world premiere of the piece called Mythical Creatures with composer Paul Kopetz and the Lunaire Collective, the Young Virtuosi, featuring pianist Stefan Cassomenos and the Camerata of St John’s.
Performers from around the world, all experts in their musical fields, will mingle with locals as the village and hills around Tyalgum come alive with the sound of music this weekend.
Festival organisers and Tyalgum community organisations have collaborated to present ‘a complete weekend getaway experience’, including a village market and a free community concert set for 12.30pm on Sunday  at the Tyalgum Public School.
The St John’s Anglican Church will also hold a Sunday morning service featuring a choir of area school children.
The festival’s artistic director, Jenni Hibbard, said many of the concerts should prove popular, even with people who do not regularly listen to classical music.
‘The program we have put together will appeal to all ages and tastes, so I really encourage everyone to show up,’ Ms Hibbard said.
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