Adam Chamber Music festival in full swing

Artists rehearsing in the "sound shell" created in Nelson's Theatre Royal under the direction of  Marshall Day Acoustics ...

Artists rehearsing in the "sound shell" created in Nelson's Theatre Royal under the direction of Marshall Day Acoustics to transform it into a chamber concert venue.

The Adam Chamber Music Festival is ready to go.

It's been months in the making, taken hours of organising, with emails flying around the world and endless rehearsals. Finally, the musicians are arriving in town, the crew are finalising schedules and the purpose-built sound shell at the Theatre Royal has been constructed. 

The Adam opens with a Gala Dinner on Thursday evening, followed by the Grand Opening Concert on Friday. The festival is bursting with world class concerts along with free workshops and masterclasses.

The festival's 10 days are crammed with a myriad of concerts including the New Zealand premiere of opera Iris Dreaming created and sung by soprano Joanne Roughton-Arnold. The festival finishes on a high note with a Grand Finale concert on Saturday February 11.

Outside the concert venues, quartet The Troubadours will perform at public venues including the Alma Turner Library, the Nelson Provincial Museum and also a spot of busking on the street.  They are also giving two free concerts at Nelson Cathedral on February 10 and 11, both at 6.30pm.

There are opportunities to meet and chat with the musicians including internationally-acclaimed pianist, Hungarian Denes Varjon and a chance to meet the members of the Goldner Quartet.

The festival is not just for the adults, with festival manager Bob Bickerton spreading his passion for music at the popular free Kids' Concert at the Suter Theatre on Saturday at 11.30am.

This interactive concert includes participation from the audience,  with a range of instruments that include Maori Taonga Puoro, the Irish harp, the Breton bombarde and the kudu made from an African antelope horn.

This year East St Cafe is the festival place to go from 10pm for after show chats and late night music. Jazz exponents Ed Ware, Paul Dyne and Noel Clayton play on Friday, then from Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11. And if you're lucky, other artists performing in the festival just might make an appearance.


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