Pre Festival Event

Sunday 23 April
Armidale Choral Society - conductor Robert van Gend
Vivaldi Gloria and Bach Chorales
(entry by $20 donation)

3pm Armidale Uniting Church


Thursday 27 April

1. Catgut and Quills -  Gamba and Harpsichord

Shaun Ng and Anthony Abouhamad perform solo and duo works by J S Bach, Telemann, Muffat and Marais and a new work by Benjamin Thorn

7:30pm Armidale Uniting Church


Friday 28 April

2. Double Suites - Cello and Percussion

Cellist Rachel Scott (Bach in the Dark) plays Bach cello suite no. 1 and is joined by percussionist Ben Sibson playing  range of different drums in suite no. 3 to highlight the dance aspects of the music.

12:30pm Armidale Uniting Church


3. La Follia

Alana Blackburn, Joanne Arnott (Australian Recorder project) and Anthony Abouhamad (harpsichord) perform virtuosic dance inspired music from the baroque, includig works by J S and W F Bach, Braun, Telemann and  Vivaldi,  igniting curiosities from all audiences, throwing the stigma of ‘primary school instrument’ out and making way for new approaches to early music performance.

7:30pm Armidale Uniting Church


Saturday 29 April

4. The Peasant Cantata

A dramatised version of the cantata that explores the vagaries of dealing with the taxman.

Free event

10:30am Hanna’s Arcade


5. Cello and Guitars

Cellist Rachel Scott is joined by guitarists Duo Agostino with works by J S Bach arranged by Janet Agostino and reimagined by Richard Charlton with some Villa Lobos and Koehne thrown in.

12:30pm Armidale Uniting Church


6. Armidale Organ Crawl

An ambulatory concert featuring four organs (St Mary and Joseph, St Peter’s, St Paul’s, Uniting Church) featuring Lena Schmalz, Heather Moen-Boyd and Anthony Abouhamad. Like a pub crawl but with an organ recital in each church rather than a beer in each pub.

2:30pm starting in St Mary and Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral.


7. Bach and the Edge of Sky

Baroque jazz fusion brilliantly performed by Warwick Dunham, Stephen Tafra, Stephen Thorneycroft and friends.  Music that appeals to body, mind and soul. The hit of previous festivals.

7:30pm Armidale Uniting Church


Sunday 30 April 

8. Heroic Marches and Recorders

Telemann’s Heroic Marches and Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 1 in  new arrangements for recorder quartet. And a new work by Matthew Minter.

Joanne Arnott, Alana Blackburn, Benjamin Thorn and Robert Manley.

12:30pm Armidale Uniting Church


9. 2 + 2 = 4 Guitars

Guitar duos EphenStephen, and Duo Agostino perform as duos and then combine as a quartet. Original arrangements by both groups, including works by Bach, Rameau, Scarlatti, Handel, Praetorius, Machado, Houghton Charlton, Vivaldi and O'Carolan.

2:30pm Armidale Uniting Church


10. Festival Evensong

Bach’s sacred music performed in the context for which it was written.  Including Mache Diche, mein Herze, rein, from the St Matthew Passion and arias from Cantatas 4 and 82. Featuring David Watson, Heather Moen-Bord and St Peter’s Choir.

5pm St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral

2023 Festival Program

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