Crossroads Chamber Music Festival returns


The Crossroads Chamber Music Festival returns to the Central Coast from September 8-10.

Fresh from playing at King Charles’ coronation, Australian violinist Madeleine Easton will headline the festival, presented by Central Coast Conservatorium of Music.

Bringing together local and international chamber musicians for a weekend of performances, this year’s festival will feature an exciting program of five concerts featuring one of Australia’s foremost concert pianists Phillip Shovk, violinist and Bach Akademie founder Easton, the Phoenix Collective Quartet and Central Coast’s Concertante Ensemble chamber orchestra.

“Chamber music is at the heart of music making, it is passionate dialogue and conversation embodied in music,” Easton, who is artistic director for the event, said.

“The Crossroads Festival of Chamber Music has, at its heart, the desire to present music of the highest international standard right here on the Central Coast.

“This year’s festival presents a feast of chamber music over three days in and around Gosford, taking you on a journey through music and time.”

The festival will launch with a special gala opening night at Central Coast Conservatorium in Mann St at 6pm on Friday, September 8, featuring an intimate violin and piano recital by Easton and Shovk.

On Saturday there will be two concerts held in the Robert Knox Hall.

In the morning, at 11am, Shovk will present works by Scarlatti, Schubert and three pieces arranged by legendary American pianist and composer Earl Wild, including Three Etudes on Gershwin songs.

In the afternoon, the Phoenix Collective take to the stage at 3pm with a program that will include Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major (The Lark) and Dvořák’s ‘American’ String Quartet.

On Sunday Bach Akademie will present Bach on Sunday in the historic St Mary’s Chapel at Gosford for a morning concert at 11.30am.

The festival will finish with a closing concert at Gosford Anglican Church featuring the Concertante Ensemble at 3pm.

“I am so looking forward to performing in the newly renovated Robert Knox Hall at the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music,” Easton said.

“It is now a state of the art acoustic (space) which the whole region can be proud of and will truly showcase the talents of the internationally recognised artists that the Crossroads Festival of Chamber Music will present.

“The stunning St Mary’s Chapel, which dates back to 1853, will also provide a beautifully intimate setting for our Bach on Sunday concert.”

The festival takes place on Sunday 10 September. Tickets are available at https://www.trybooking.com/CKVKL

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