Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival

Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival

June 16, 2021 - June 20, 2021

The Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival is a culturally diverse and innovative festival, celebrating classical music from across the region. Experience the Sunshine Coast like never before, with classical performances scattered from beach to hinterland. This three day festival is one you won’t want to miss, filled with nine inspiring live performances in the most breath-taking spaces the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

The innovative festival will immerse audiences in the sounds of live music set to excite, soothe, connect, challenge and inspire, showcasing dynamic Australian and local artists weaving music, storytelling, dance and song together against dramatic and innovative backdrops.

Artistic Director Louise King has curated a program around the theme of Distance + Intimacy | Hope + Regeneration and each event is designed to celebrate the region’s natural and ancient landscapes through artistic collaboration, cultural exchange and evocative music.

Concerts will be held across the Sunshine Coast, including at the natural amphitheatre of the Sculpture Gardens in the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, by the river under the stars at Cotton Tree, in historic hinterland halls with soaring acoustics and, of course, at the Kings Theatre, The Events Centre Caloundra.

The Festival will reach a crescendo on Saturday 19 June 2021 with the Chamber Music Gala, ‘Songs of Sky, Bush & Moon’, in a night of glamour and sophistication featuring three headline artists - Eric Avery a Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Bandjalang and Gumbangirr artist, songman, violinist and composer, Karin Schaupp classical guitar, international soloist and Sofia Troncoso soprano OQ Principal Artist.

A significant aim of the Festival is also to support the arts community at a very challenging time, providing stages for them to celebrate classical music for avid audiences. Every ticket will count towards reigniting our arts scene and supporting talented regional artists.

Program 2021

Double Bill: Nature Spirit and Homegrown (Wednesday 16 June - Eudlo Hall)
In this special pre-festival concert, enjoy the rare opportunity of hearing stunning music presented in the intimacy of Eudlo Hall, one of Sunshine Coast region’s most charming small halls.

Beats and Loops (Thursday 17 June - Sol Bar)
A festival fringe event, Beats + Loops highlights Australia’s experimental new music scene, exploring the fun space between a sit-down concert and a club gig.

Bird Song (Friday 18 June - Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden)
This morning garden concert, Bird Song, celebrates the natural amphitheatre and bush-setting of the Sculpture Garden at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha.

Song of the Black Swan (Friday 18 June - Cotton Tree Park)
Experience the evocative sounds of dusk, echoed and shaped by ancient and contemporary songs featuring Chris Williams, Wakka Wakka man on Didgeridoo, Headline Artist Eric Avery, a Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Bandjalang and Gumbangirr artist, with First Nations singer, Lydia Fairhall, singer-songwriter and Worimi/British/Punjabi/Swiss woman in support.

Green Bushes (Saturday 19 June - Palmwoods Memorial Hall)
Enjoy a toe-tapping, energetic celebration of folk-infused music from Ireland, England, Australia, Denmark and Scandinavia.

Southern Cross Dreaming (Saturday 19 June - Palmwoods Memorial Hall)
This afternoon concert Southern Cross Dreaming features Festival Headline Artist Classical Guitarist, Karin Schaupp, in an intimate solo recital with Acetaria Woodwind Quintet as support act.

Songs of Sky, Bush and Moon (Saturday 19 June - The Events Centre)
In a spectacular night to remember, this Gala concert is inspired by the beauty of the natural landscape and splendour of the sky, bush and moon.

Sonic Safari (Sunday 20 June - Buderim War Memorial Hall)
Harness the power of music to inspire and engage with this interactive musical concert designed for children, parents, grandparents and carers.

Heartland (Sunday 20 June - Buderim Sound Shell)
This family-friendly event is designed to be a rousing finale to our inaugural festival and showcases a range of festival performers and community acts at the Buderim Sound Shell.

Red Chair is the Lead Producer for the inaugural Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival.