2017 Season

Saturday, 14 October and Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Sydney Chamber Music Festival 2017 presents


Outstanding Australian Soprano‘ Amelia Farrugia, UK violinist Andrew Haveron ‘one of the most sought after of his generation‘ and ‘glorious‘ Swiss-Australian flautist Bridget Bolliger, are among this year’s line up of artists who will perform at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum in the Sydney Chamber Music Festival 2017.

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Amelia Farrugia | SOPRANO
Meredith O’Reilly | ACTOR/PERFORMER
Verna Lee | HARP
Anthony Heinrichs | FLUGELHORN
Bridget Bolliger | FLUTE
Andrew Haveron | VIOLIN
Tobias Breider | VIOLA
Teije Hylkema | CELLO

Concert 1 – “The Little Star“

Saturday 14 October 11am to 11.30am

Meredith O’Reilly in ‘The Addams Family’ 2014

Meredith O’Reilly ACTOR/PERFORMER, Bridget Bolliger FLUTE

Helpmann nominated music theatre performer/actor Meredith O’Reilly and flautist Bridget Bolliger will bring to life some exciting (and maybe, a little bit spooky) tales for the young and young at heart, with flute, voice and storytelling.


Concert 2 – The Phantom of the Opera

Saturday 14 October at 7pm

Amelia Farrugia SOPRANO, Verna Lee HARP,  Anthony Heinrichs FLUGELHORN

One of Australia’s best loved sopranos, Amelia Farrugia, will join flugelhorn specialist from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Anthony Heinrichs, and harpist Verna Lee, in an evening of operatic joy with music by Gounod, Faure, Puccini, Bellini, Massenet and Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

This fascinating combination of instruments will also include Baroque music by J.S. Bach to calm your soul as well as a triple harp concerto for you to discover…. and a taste of Haydn.



“Intrada” for solo Flugelhorn – Otto Ketting (1935-2012)

Three pieces from Luz y Notre for baroque triple harp – Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz (1626-1677)
Folias | Marianos | Xacaras

Meditation from Thais – Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
Adaption for flugelhorn and harp.

Fantasie on a theme by Haydn for solo harp – Marcel Grandjany (1891-1975)

Musetta’s Waltz from “La Boehme” – Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
“O mio bambino caro” from “Gianni Schiocchi” – Giacomo Puccini.
“Ch’il bel sogno” from “La Rondine” – Giacomo Puccini.

Cello suite no.1 in C – J.S Bach (1685-1750)
Transcribed by David Cooper
Minuet I | Minuet II | Gigue

Ave Maria – Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

Three songs by Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924)
En Priére | Les Roses d’ispahan | Notre amour

Variations on a theme from “Norma” – Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835 )
Arrangement for Flugelhorn and harp by J.B. Arban

From “Phantom of the Opera” – Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948), and “My Fair Lady” – Frederick Loewe (1901-1988)
“All I ask of you” | “Wishing you were here” | “I could’ve Danced all night”


Concert 3 – ‘Ghostly Masters’

Sunday 15 October at 7pm

Chamber music for Flute and Strings.

Bridget Bolliger FLUTE,  Andrew Haven VIOLIN, Tobias Breider VIOLA,  Teije Hylkema CELLO

Flautist Bridget Bolliger joins Sydney Symphony Orchestra concert master Andrew Haveron on Violin, alongside returning festival artists Tobias Breider (principal violist with the SSO) and Teije Hylkema (principal cellist with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra).

Experience some of the finest chamber works by Mozart, Reger, Rossini, Martinu, Ysaÿe.
Don’t miss this concert’s world premiere performance of ‘Unquiet’ by Australian composer Jim Coyle, commissioned by the Sydney Chamber Music Festival.



Flute Quartet No. 1 in D Major , K285 – W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Allegro | Adagio | Rondeau

2Solo sonata for violin, “Ballade”, Op. no. 3 – Eugene Ysaye ( 1858-1931)

Serenade for flute, violin and viola. Op. 141a – Max Reger ( 1873-1916 )
Vivace | Larghetto | Presto

“Unquiet” for flute, violin and viola – Jim Coyle (1968 – alive and well!)
Commissioned for the Sydney Chamber Music Festival’s 10th Anniversary 2017.
Art works inspired by the theme of Phantoms by senior art students from St. Lukes Grammar School.
World Premiere performance.

Solo cello suite Nr. 2 in D minor – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude | Allemande | Courante | Sarabande | Minuet 1 | Minuet 11 | Gigue

Three Madrigals for violin and viola – Bohuslav Martinu (1890 – 1959)
Poco allegro | Andante | Allegro

Flute Quartet Nr. 2 in A minor – Giacchino Rossini ( 1792-1868)
Allegro | Andante | Rondo. Allegro


Composer Jim Coyle was commissioned by Sydney Chamber Music Festival to write a new work for flute quartet on the theme of ‘Phantoms’. The work is entitled ‘Unquiet’ and reflects, in part, the feeling of the presence of another composer in the creative process. In this case, the composer is Benjamin Britten about whom Jim is currently writing his doctoral thesis. This barely perceived and not unwelcome presence has been part of Jim’s work as a composer for several years and ‘Unquiet’ makes allusion to several of Britten’s works.

The premiere performance will also feature artworks from year 11 students at St Luke’s Grammar School, Dee Why which have been guided and curated by artist and educator Coco Elder. The sixteen participating young artists have each created three works on the theme of ‘Phantoms’ reflecting a variety of artistic styles from cubism to expressionism to pop art and beyond, thus themselves invoking the phantoms of earlier artists. This exciting multi-media performance is one of a number of top-line events scheduled for this year’s Sydney Chamber Music Festival.



CLICK HERE to read more about the artists performing in our 2017 season.


CLICK HERE to read the Director of the Manly Art Gallery&Museum’s letter, celebrating ten years of the Sydney Chamber Music Festival.


Download a FLYER for this year’s festival.

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