Chris Howlett

Festivals, Events & Exhibitions

Bendigo Chamber Music Festival 2021

Our vision is to create a large scale, world class classical music festival that celebrates chamber music, community spirit and the City of Greater Bendigo.

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Co-directors Chris Howlett and Howard Penny unite to bring their love of chamber music to life in this regional festival.

The 2021 festival will be based on three pillars:

Mainstage performances
Community engagement programs
In-depth educational programs

The main program will include 14 concerts and will combine the very best Australian and emerging artists. The program, curated by Chris and Howard, will combine familiar chamber music works with those less frequent on the concert stages.

The community engagement program will bring together community choirs and/or orchestras from around Australia with local Bendigo groups for an intensive rehearsal period and mainstage performance. It will also see world class international artists work with local community groups in workshops, side by side projects as well as public and private masterclasses.

Howard and Chris both have a strong passion for education and this is reflected in BCMF’s large scale, in-depth educational program.

Festival donors enable Chris and Howard to deliver the vision of the festival. These donations

– Bring the highest quality artists from around the world to Bendigo

– Help enrich the community, through a program that offers opportunity for local community groups to work with world class musicians.

– Bring musical joy to the lives of over 800 local children in both primary and secondary school through the educational program.

To find out more please visit our website or call Chris Howlett 0408 339 145.

Sanguine Estate Music Festival is held in Bendigo and Heathcote in February of each year.

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