2 June, 2023
Warren Chamber Music Festival back for 2023
By Harriet Gilmore
The Warren Chamber Music Festival
was held over the weekend, offering an
incredible musical experience usually
only reserved for the city and big music
The three unique concerts in
Warren and Collie, included performances
by the world renowned Goldner
String Quarter, celebrating their 29th
concert season this year, as well as a
selection of incredibly talented musicians
including Peter Clark, Alexandra
Partridge, Katie Yap, Anna Tomasyshyn,
Collie’s very own Frances and Nick
Evans and the spectacular SING Warren
Almost 500 people attended the three
concerts, with opening night held at the
recently opened Warren Museum and Art
Gallery, a performance in the CWA hall
in Collie on Saturday and the final performance
at the Catholic church on
Many locals attended the events as well as many from afar, who travelled to the area just for the festival, from places including Bathurst, Orange, Byron Bay, Caboolture QLD, Wagga Wagga, Nyngan, Coonamble, Gilgandra, and Dubbo.
“The festival was a huge success in so
many ways,” said artistic director of
Warren Chamber Music Festival Frances
“Each concert was breathtakingly beautiful. The Goldner String Quartet lived up to their international reputation by leaving audiences spellbound by their amazing connections with each other as musicians, and with the audience,” said Frances.
A great delight for all involved in the
festival was discovering the absolutely
superb acoustic of the Warren Museum
and Art Gallery in the opening concert of
the festival on Friday.
Clark said during his preconcert address
he believed the museum was one of the
best acoustic venues in NSW, after hearing
the incredible sound during practice
earlier in the day. Many of the 70 plus audience who
attended opening night agreed, with
Warren mayor Milton Quigley saying the
performance was absolutely incredible.
Local vet Erica Kennedy said she was blown away by the show which sounded amazing in the space, while Val Soulsby said, “we are so lucky to have someone like Frances [Evans] putting on such a high calibre performance in our little town.”
Another great highlight of the weekend
was local musician turned farmer
Nick Evans performing two movements
of the Weber Clarinet Quintet in the
Collie CWA Hall concert on Saturday.
After performing with energy and finesse
the audience erupted into cheers and
deafening clapping. His performance
was truly moving and inspiring. We’ve
had reports he’s already back to checking
sheep and building fences!
Sunday’s performance at the Catholic
church included the world premiere of a
new work by Australian composer Fiona
Loader, written specifically for the SING
Warren choir, string septet and piano for
the Warren Chamber Music Festival.
Composer Fiona Loader said “this
piece was written to tell a story about the
incredible grit and determination of the
people of central and far west NSW rural
areas who have endured so much adversity
in recent years, and who have achieved
incredible things despite the hardships
of drought, floods, dust storms,
mouse plagues and storms. The people of
this land are truly inspiring, and the love
of their own land is deeply touching.”
Artistic director Frances Evan had
many thanks to offer when speaking to
The Gilgandra Weekly on Monday.
“I must express deep thanks to Peter
Clark, who delivered two engaging and
thoroughly enjoyable pre-concert chats.
Everyone who attended was absorbed
mind, body, and soul!
“I would like to acknowledge committee
members Rod Sandell, John
Burke, Phil Leman, Marieanne Noonan
and Nick Evans for their support and
work leading up to, and during the festival.
We all contribute in different ways to
make a magical weekend possible for our
town. A special mention goes to Audrey
and Jeremy Weston, John and Sue Burke,
and Sue and Frere Green for hosting
some of our esteemed guests with incredible
warmth and generosity. The festival
committee worked hard to make the
musicians feel at home and welcome in
our community. That certainly occurred.
All the musicians expressed their joy in
being involved in the festival,” said Mrs
“Lastly, I’d like to thank the community
for attending the concerts and showing
deep appreciation for the musicians
and their outstanding performances,
expressed by no less than five standing
ovations across the weekend,” she said.
The Warren Chamber Music Festival, in just its second major event, is being recognised as one of the nation’s most unique and intimate rural chamber music festivals. The committee look forward to curating the next festival, to be facilitated in 2025.