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Genevieve Lacey

Tasmania’s first ever chamber music festival will bring some of the world’s finest musicians to the state’s north for a romantic spring weekend of fine food, wine and captivating musical performance. 

Set among the exquisite halls, churches and barns of historic Evandale, the boutique weekend festival will begin on Friday 27 October 2017 with limited tickets still available.

The extraordinary talent making the journey to the inaugural Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival will include recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, and the Tinalley String Quartet, regarded by many as the finest of their generation.

For festival director and owner of Handmark Gallery, Allanah Dopson, organising a chamber music festival in Tasmania has been a long-held dream. 
“This is something I have always wanted to do in Tasmania,” said Ms Dopson. 

“I have experienced fantastic classical music events all over Australia, but there is perhaps no location more fitting than the beautiful, Georgian landscape of Evandale.

“We have assembled not only talented and passionate musicians, but interesting and engaging personalities, which we hope will add to the overall intimacy of the weekend.
 
“With a healthy supply of our state’s best food and wine, Tasmania’s first chamber music festival is shaping up to be an unforgettable experience.” 

Renowned harp soloist, Marshall McGuire, known for his work with the English String Quartet and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, has planned a very special performance for the festival. 

Mr McGuire has performed to audiences of thousands, but this spring, will play to just 80, inside a tiny, undiscovered venue known as the Harland Rise Barn.

Festival attendees will also be treated to a three course, wine matched lunch in the restaurant of Josef Chromy Vineyard, following a recital from internationally celebrated pianist, Piers Lane. 

Joining Piers Lane will be ABC Classic FM’s Christopher Lawrence for an exclusive conversation over the gourmet lunch. 

Tasmania’s Van Diemen’s Band and Geniveve Lacey will bring a powerful Italian Baroque performance to the Fall’s Pavillion, with recorder concertos by Sammartini and Vivaldi.

In an official statement welcoming the event to Evandale this spring, Premier Will Hodgman recognised the festival as a strong addition to Tasmanian tourism. 

“The festival adds to our thriving arts and cultural scene which attracts thousands of visitors to our island state each year,” said Premier Hodgman.

The Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival received a $20,000 grant from the Tasmanian Government courtesy of Events Tasmania to make the inaugural event a reality. 

Tickets for individual performances are available via http://www.taschamberfestival.com.au.

Limited release passes to the entire festival weekend have already sold out, with high demand from event subscribers.