The Sydney Chamber Music Festival (SCMF) is held every year in the beautiful surrounds of the Manly Art Gallery and Museum.
In the festivals held since 2008, SCMF has offered its audiences the opportunity to hear some of the best Australian and international musicians playing fine classical and contemporary works, in programs drawn from a wide diversity of musical and cultural traditions.
Who Are We?
The Sydney Chamber Music Festival, founded by Bridget Bolliger, is devised, and orchestrated by an independent group of chamber music lovers. SCMF is a not for profit, incorporated association and is managed by a volunteer Committee of Management. Various members of the Committee take on specific responsibility to ensure a high quality and smooth functioning Festival event. The Committee is assisted by many other volunteers on the days of the festival.
Board of Directors
President: Penny Bell
Secretary: Michael Hedger
Treasurer: Bruce Hein
Operations Manager: Anthony Heinrichs
Artistic Director: Bridget Bolliger
Advisor Ex Officio: Akky van Ogtrop
GUY NOBLE | Conductor
Guy Noble knew he wanted to be a musician from the age of 8. As a boy, he sang as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony and with the Australian Opera. He studied the piano in Sydney and toured with the Australian Youth Orchestra to the BBC Proms in London, playing in Stravinsky’s Petrouchka.
He has talked about music (as host of ABC Classic FM’s Breakfast Show), recorded it (9 CDs for ABC Classics), and conducted it all over the country and abroad (Sydney Symphony, West Australian Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic and Malaysian Philharmonic).
Noble has been able to work with such wonderful performers as Harry Connick Jr, Dianne Reeves, Ben Folds, Clive James, the Beach Boys, the Pointer Sisters, and in great musical theatre shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Sunset Boulevard and Gypsy.
PENNY BELL, President
MICHAEL HEDGER, Secretary
Michael Hedger has been a Secretary of the Sydney Chamber Music Festival since 2008. He has worked in the arts scene of Sydney for 20 years and has long been an arts advocate and a member of several key arts committees.
He is the Director of the Manly Art Gallery and Museum and was previously the Manager of Cultural and Information Services at Manly. Before this he was the Manager of Visitor Services at the National Maritime Museum, from 1999 – 2003 the Director of the Campbelltown Arts Centre and before this the Deputy Director of the British Council, Australia. He was the art reviewer of The Newcastle Herald, an arts lecturer and teacher.
BRUCE HEIN, Treasurer
ANTHONY HEINRICHS, Operations Manager
BRIDGET BOLLIGER, Artistic Director
Australian-Swiss flautist Bridget Bolliger made her solo début with the Sydney Symphony performing Ibert’s Flute Concerto at the age of 15.
She relocated to Switzerland for her tertiary studies graduating with a Masters Degree in Performance from the Basel Music Academy under Professor Peter-Lukas Graf. Bridget then embarked upon a busy and varied career in Europe and South America appearing as soloist and chamber musician with many leading international orchestras and ensembles.
Her countless performances of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto have involved collaborations with some of the world’s most renowned harpists – including
Marielle Norman and Elena Zaniboni. She has held Principal Flute positions with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra and the Sao Paulo Symphony and has appeared as guest Principal Flute and soloist with the Basel Symphony, Philharmonia Zürich, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and many others.
Upon her return to Sydney in 2004, Bridget became a passionate advocate of Australian music and performed frequently at the Huntington Estate Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. She was founding Director of the New Sydney Wind Quintet and Founding Artistic Director of the Sydney Chamber Music Festival – this Festival celebrates 11 years under her successful stewardship in 2018.
She has recently formed a key musical partnership with pianist Andrew West; in 2016, they gave their début recital in the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House and collaborated on Bridget’s latest album – entitled Timeless. Her earlier recordings of premiere Australian works have received unanimous acclaim from celebrated music journals such as Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and Limelight Magazine; these include Quintopia, The Laughing Moon (by Ross Edwards) and Dancing Shadows (the complete music for flute and piano by Miriam Hyde).
An esteemed teacher and chamber music coach, Bridget has tutored and given masterclasses worldwide – at the Jugend Musik Schule (Rorschach), Australian National Academy of Music and the Universities of New South Wales, New England and Sydney. She has also assisted Michel Debost at the Oficina de Música de Curitiba and features on playwithapro.com -the newest international online teaching podium.
Bridget Bolliger is a Powell Artist.
AKKY VAN OGTROP, Advisor Ex Officio
Akky van Ogtrop (MA Sydney University) works as an art historian, curator and Approved Valuer for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. As a director and manager of major arts events including the Biennale of Sydney, ARTiculate Campaign, Sydney Art on Paper Fair and Sydney Contemporary, Akky has proven experience as arts administrator and creative manager with extensive contacts and national and international project experience and as an organiser, speaker and facilitator of national and international symposia, workshops and discussion panels.
Apart from her expertise as a public program, event manager and art historian Akky works as curator with art museums, galleries and contemporary art spaces, presenting exhibitions by Australian and international artists. She is the Curator for PAPERContemporary 2018.
Akky is presently serving on various boards, including:
President of the Print Council of Australia, President of the Walter Burley Griffin Society, Board Member Dutch Link and Foundation Member of the Art Gallery of NSW.
Akky is the immediate past President of the Sydney Chamber Music Festival.