Since 2012, Wilma Smith has been bringing together musical friends from all over Australia and around the world in new and lively combinations to play an eclectic range of music from favourites to commissions and world premieres.
A feature of Wilma & Friends concerts is the energising combination of renowned musicians with rising stars of the new generation. The 2017 season is a great example – all three groups showcase some of the finest established soloists/chamber musicians from Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne playing alongside brilliant young virtuosi associated with ANAM, Yale University and the Royal Northern College of Music. It’s safe to say these are one-off designer groups!
This year also features a specially commissioned work by one of our young performers, Andrew Leathwick, pianist, who will wear both hats for its premiere in October.
Chamber music is an immersive experience for players and listeners alike. The intimacy and intensity of small-group music-making in a sympathetic space and acoustic nourishes us all. Speaking of sympathetic space, Wilma & Friends concerts are undoubtedly enhanced by the exceptional acoustic qualities and audience comforts of Ian Roach Hall at Scotch College. Such a room becomes part of the instrument and inspires performers. In addition to the main series at Scotch, Wilma & Friends will be opening the Castlemaine Festival, performing at Beleura House and Garden, the Hobart Town Hall, and all around New Zealand at the invitation of Chamber Music New Zealand.
We are very lucky in Melbourne to have such a wealth of performer/entrepreneurs and supporting patrons who work together to keep this amazing art form alive and well. By presenting the next generation of chamber musicians in professional engagements with established colleagues, Wilma & Friends, with the help of generous donors, can provide opportunities for symbiotic musical cross-fertilisation. Together we can play a part in ensuring our favourite art form continues long into the future.
All donations to Wilma & Friends will go directly towards the costs associated with artists and this year’s commissioned work. W&F is grateful to the ACF for this platform through which arts patrons can team up with arts performers to bring us all the soulfood that puts the living into life.
For information about concert dates and details, please visit the Wilma & Friends website http://wilmaandfriends.com.au/ and for New Zealand readers, date and program information for our New Zealand tour can be found on the Chamber Music New Zealand website.