The changing face of chamber music in Australia

Chamber music is increasingly being played by small-scale orchestras at festivals around the country, while enjoying a popular resurgence.

Mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell is the new co-Artistic Director of the revitalised Albury Chamber Music Festival, sharing the leadership with conductor, Mario Dobernig. Together they are preparing for their first festival, themed ‘The Year of the Voice’. Running 4-6 November, the festival will offer 10 concerts over three days across three venues.

Launched in April 2022, Albury Chamber Music Festival offered an ‘immersive concert pass’ and sold out its first concert series in just over two weeks. The Festival put a second series on sale, which is selling briskly, and has already made budget for 2022.  

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Suzannah Conway is ArtsHub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer. Suzannah is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She has been writing reviews and music articles for over 15 years and regularly reviews classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals.