20 September, 2023
Chamber music festival to feature five concerts
THE Atherton Tablelands Chamber Music Festival is on again this year and will feature five concerts.
To be held on 22-24 September, the event is an artist-led festival directed by violinist Khalida De Ridder and Danish classical guitarist Simon Thielke.
The two musicians freelance around the globe and share a common goal to make regional Far North Queensland thrive with live music.
Khalida said she and Simon began a series of concerts in Atherton back in 2016.
“We studied together at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and despite having vastly different upbringings (Simon in a European city, myself in the Australian bush) we found we were very much on the same page in wanting the Arts to be accessible to all people,” she said.
The 2023 festival takes place this weekend at St Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Atherton Performing Arts Theatre.
There will be five concerts featuring local, interstate and internationally acclaimed musicians including Katie Miller-Crispe (Sydney), festival String Quartet, the NQ Chamber Orchestra and local talent Jean Plushke closing the festival with a piano recital.
On Sunday morning and before the closing concert, there will be a ‘Developing and Sustaining Professional Arts Practice in Regional Australia’ public forum/workshop, supported by Tablelands Regional Council Regional Arts Development Fund.
There is also a chance to meet and talk with Paul Kludsky, a local violin luthier about to make international waves with his craftsmanship. He is one of the first luthiers of significance to research and use Australian timbers to create professional grade instruments.
Sessional tickets are available at Uptown Music in Atherton, online via trybooking.com or at the door (unless sold out prior) with a very limited number of Festival Passes also available.
For details check the website www.athertoncmf.com