2018 is the fifth year of the annual Sydney Baroque Music Festival. For this event, the SBMF has been accepted as Artist in Residence at Bundanon Trust. We will spend the week of January 29th to February 4th in Illaroo, NSW, intensively workshopping and rehearsing a program of baroque music for a final public performance in Sydney.
This residency is the most effective way to realise our ambitions for the future of the SBMF. We will have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in an intensive rehearsal period, away from the distractions of day-to-day commitments.
The SBMF is an orchestral training program tailored for pre- and early-career professionals. The festival is an important stepping-stone from university study into a professional performance career.
For this festival, we will be mentored by members of the Muffat Collective, period instrument specialists who have graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague in the Netherlands.
They bring with them the leading practices and expertise from the most dynamic baroque orchestras and ensembles of central Europe, and we can’t wait to work with such passionate and inspirational musicians.
The Sydney Baroque Music Festival is one of the only baroque orchestral workshops currently operating in Australia. On top of that, it is the only workshop that is free for musicians to attend. It is so important to keep this festival accessible to the musicians for whom it is intended, and to provide them with the kinds of opportunities so common across North America and Europe. Currently, the young baroque performers of Australia are spread out across the country, with extremely limited opportunities to learn and perform the important orchestral repertoire of the eighteenth century. The SBMF is one such way to remedy this, to prepare musicians for the expectations of professional orchestras.
The support that we receive from this Australian Cultural Fund campaign is crucial to the running of the festival. Without this funding, the Sydney Baroque Music Festival will not be able grow and develop as an organisation contributing to the future of period performance in Australia.
Donations received through this campaign will cover tuition for all participants, as well as venue hire for the Sydney concert, tutor fees, sourcing sheet music, instrument transport, and providing food for the week at Bundanon Trust. The result of this campaign will be a high-quality public showcase of Australia’s young baroque talent.
With your help, together we can nurture and develop the Australian baroque music scene.
For more information or a chat, please email Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org, she’d love to hear from you!