Australian World Orchestra to host Chamber Music Festival in the Highlands

Christina Leonard, the Chamber Music Festival's artistic co-director. Photo: Supplied.

Christina Leonard, the Chamber Music Festival's artistic co-director. Photo: Supplied.

The Australian World Orchestra is set to grace the Highlands with an intimate Chamber Music Festival next weekend.

Musicians from the Highlands and afar will perform two concerts – the soulful evening ‘Serenade’ and the thrilling jazz and tango ‘Fandango!’. 

Artistic co-director of the event, Christina Leonard, said she had gathered some of Australia’s finest classical musicians for the event, including Australia composers Ross Edwards AM and Ann Carr-Boyd AM.

“It’s a really fun, really beautiful event. Everything is top notch,” she said. 

The musical director, who is also a performing musician in her own right, said she “loved” the process of curating the music, which gave her the opportunity to “find beautiful tunes and push them in a new direction to give them a new life.”

She has been able to do this, for example, with the music of Ann Carr-Boyd. 

“I found that some of the pieces that she [Ms Carr-Boyd] has written really lend themselves to accordion, but she has never used [it]. So we have included that in the program.”

Ms Leonard also said the clarity and the sound of the venues, particularly the one at Robertson, was “unbelievable”.

“I’ve included a lot of solos, duos and trios so you can really hear the sounds of each of the players,” she said. 

The first concert will be held at the Robertson Hotel on Saturday, November 25 at 7pm and the second at Hopewood House on Sunday, November 26 at 11am.