What composers contribute to a music festival

Sally Beamish and Stephen Johnson were invited to the Australian Festival of Chamber Music as much for their musical insights and performances, as for presenting new work.
Sally Beamish's Carnival Samba: Floreant. Opening Applause, AFCM Photo: Andrew Rankin

Accomplished and prolific British composer and musician, Sally Beamish, was invited to be this year’s composer-in-residence at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) by Artistic Director, Jack Liebeck. She has been a composer-in-residence at other festivals, but was delighted to accept this invitation.

She tells ArtsHub: ‘I was absolutely thrilled. It is always exciting to hear quite a few of your pieces played together. Additionally, I have twice planned to come to Australia and it hasn’t happened, due initially to illness and then cancellation because of COVID. It’s lovely to be here now.’ 

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals. Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.