SEMF is seeking funds so that it is artistically sustainable over the coming years through a Support A Chair Program. The donations will be used for guest artist fees and travel expenses. The 2017 line up is one that Festival Directors Howard Penny and Chris Howlett are extremely excited about –
“We have been so fortunate in being able to invite Lukas Hagen, the leader of the legendary Hagen Quartet, one of the very few benchmark ensembles in the world, exclusively to SEMF. Also one of the most dazzling international exponents of her instrument, Concertgebouw principal flautist Emily Beynon will bring wind magic to this year’s festival, alongside brilliant young clarinettist Lloyd Van’t Hoff, winner of last year’s ABC Young Performers’ Awards. We’re looking forward to SEMF first-timer Chris Moore’s own unique blend of spectacular playing and irrepressible personality, and… Paul Wright is back! So with Ian and Tobi, without whom SEMF is simply unthinkable, that’s quite a team of artists.”
In the shortest time SEMF Heathcote has established itself as one of the premiere boutique festivals in Australia, and now sells out well in advance.
To bring the SEMF experience to a wider audience the Bendigo weekend was successfully launched in 2015 and will continue to grow in scope over the years. It aims to provide the very best chamber music, food and wine across two weekends where every detail is important.