World pre­miere to open fes­ti­val

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - GIL­LIAN WILLS

THE Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic kicks off tonight with the world pre­miere of a string quar­tet by the fes­ti­val’s com­poser- in- res­i­dence Matthew Hind­son.

The piece will fea­ture at the open­ing night con­cert Be­gin­nings at Townsville Civic Theatre at 7.30pm.

The nine- day fes­ti­val fea­tures 30 con­certs and spe­cial events with the world’s finest cham­ber mu­si­cians per­form­ing in var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions.

This year’s fes­ti­val is spe­cial as it marks the fi­nal of­fer­ing from artis­tic di­rec­tor, Lon­don- based Aus­tralian pian­ist Piers Lane, who has been at the helm since 2007.

For the fes­ti­val’s opener Deputy Dean of the Syd­ney Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic and this year’s com­poser- in- res­i­dence Matthew Hind­son has com­posed String Quar­tet No. 5 which will be per­formed by the Gold­ner String Quar­tet.

Hind­son said it had been a “dream as­sign­ment” writ­ing for a quar­tet like Gold­ner as no mat­ter what he wrote or how tricky it was to play, it would be bril­liantly ex­e­cuted.

Hind­son’s piece sounds in­trigu­ing, com­plex, yet invit­ing.

“There’s a tune­ful lit­tle riff I hope will get stuck in peo­ple’s heads. The riff some­times hides in the tex­ture and some­times sings out front. Some of it is blue­grassy with driv­ing rhythm and showy string writ­ing. My faster mu­sic flirts with techno,’’ he said.

For Hind­son, mu­sic is not about a com­poser demon­strat­ing how clever he or she is. It’s about what they want to say and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

“This fes­ti­val has given me a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity to say some­thing new. I’m thrilled my String Quar­tet is to be given a world pre­miere in Townsville,” he said.

Hind­son’s track record as a na­tional and in­ter­na­tion­ally feted com­poser is im­pres­sive.

He’s worked for many of Aus­tralia’s flag­ship or­gan­i­sa­tions such as The Syd­ney and Queens­land Sym­phony Or­ches­tras and fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing the award- win­ning Aurora which he ini­ti­ated.

Glob­ally, Hind­son’s mu­sic has graced Euro­pean, Asian, the United States and Cana­dian con­cert plat­forms. Some of the world’s best dance com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing the San Fran­cisco Bal­let and Birm­ing­ham Royal Bal­let, have chore­ographed bal­lets to his mu­sic.

For tick­ets and fes­ti­val pro­gram de­tails visit afcm. com. au.

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