“It has been my great privilege to direct the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival for the last six years.”
In 2014 we celebrated the Festival’s twenty-fifth anniversary in a program dedicated to memory. This year, we turn our gaze to the next twenty-five years, with a program inspired by visions. We examine the visual in music, but more critically, the visionary: the forward-looking, the innovative, and the revolutionary.
The Festival has always championed young musicians, but this year in the spirit of looking forward, we make it a special focus, proving that our musical future is indeed in safe hands. We welcome two exceptional young Australian ensembles – the Arcadia Wind Quintet from Melbourne and the Orava String Quartet from Brisbane – alongside rising stars from the Melba Foundation, and the winning duo from the Mietta Song Competition, Tabatha MacFadyen and Alex Raineri.
We also welcome back dear friends from recent years, the best and the brightest in their own fields, including guitarist Slava Grigoryan, clarinettist Paul Dean, and singer Robyn Archer. There is, I confess, something of an emphasis on the piano, reflecting a personal bias (call it a parting indulgence).
A separate programming strand focuses on the Great American Songbook, providing diverse snapshots of twentieth-century life.
We’re delighted to introduce our next Artistic Director, Iain Grandage, over the course of the weekend. Please join him for lunch, as he invites you into his own visionary world.
I’ve loved every minute of directing the Festival. It’s been a privilege to collaborate with my fellow musicians, and with the Festival’s distinguished board and administrative team, to keep the founding vision alive. I’d also like to acknowledge Paul Kathner, whose distinctive sets have been such a crucial part of the Festival’s vision. Above all, it has been a great joy to get to know you, our audience and supporters, the true custodians of this event.