Chamber music alliance commits to strengthening artform

Building opportunities for its member ensembles, Chamber Music Adelaide also grows audiences by presenting performances in unusual locations.

Given Adelaide’s reputation as a festival city, the creation of Festivals Adelaide – a coordinating body for the city’s 11 major festivals – makes absolute sense. But why an alliance of chamber music ensembles?

Because, as it turns out, Adelaide has a plethora of chamber music ensembles, and a decade ago they were all in direct competition with one another – which is hardly conducive to growing audiences or cultivating opportunities for the artform.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts