Music Festival

The Meriden Music Festival will bring together some of Australia’s finest composers, conductors, performers and musicians for an exciting series of masterclasses, workshops and performances. The extraordinary talent that has earned Meriden's musicians numerous accolades and awards will be showcased in three performances for the public.
 

The following events are open to the public:

Concerts

Stage and Rock Bands Monday 25 June 6pm
Choral and Strings Wednesday 27 June 6pm
Orchestra and Concert Bands Thursday 28 June 6pm

Note: Meriden’s Parents and Friends Association will provide food and refreshments prior to the performance on Thursday 28 June. Please order your selection when booking your tickets.

Masterclasses

Cello with Tim Nankervis Monday 25 June 1.15pm
Violin with Emma Jardine Tuesday 26 June 10.30am
Clarinet with Mark Walton Thursday 28 June 8.30am

Venue

Concerts and Masterclasses will be held in Wallis Auditorium, Meriden Senior School Campus; enter via Margaret Street, Strathfield

Bookings

Bookings are essential. All concerts and masterclasses are free of charge.

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Music Festival Schedule of Events

To download the full schedule of Music Festival events click here.


About our Special Guests

Paul Jarman is a widely acclaimed Australian composer, performer, musical director and educator. Paul is well known as a lyricist and composer of choral music, a world music multi-instrumentalist, and a facilitator of community inspired collaborations. Read more

Dr Rob McWilliams has worked with thousands of aspiring musicians in his role as Education Outreach Clinician for Yamaha Music Australia. A highly respected conductor and musician, Dr McWilliams holds a PhD in Music/Music Education (conducting focus) from the University of Minnesota. Read more  

Rachael Beck is one of Australia's leading performers and educators whose talents span stage and screen as an acclaimed vocal artist and actress. She is widely remembered for her award-winning role as Belle opposite Hugh Jackman in Beauty and the Beast, which won the 1996 ARIA Award for the Best Australian Soundtrack/Cast/Show Release. Read more 

Emma Jardine has performed as recitalist and chamber musician across Europe, UK, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia. Emma played for several years with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and also as soloist with the Camerata Menuhin. She has been engaged as Guest Principal and Guest Associate Principal Second Violin of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Read more

Tim Nankervis has won numerous awards for cello performance and chamber music and as a member of the acclaimed Seraphim Trio. He is a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and is also an active chamber musician. In 2011 and 2015 he performed with the renowned Australian World Orchestra. Read more

Mark Walton is a highly respected and popular figure in the Australian and New Zealand musical scene and widely acknowledged as a virtuoso clarinet and saxophone performer, inspiring teacher and appealing composer. For many years, Mark held the position of Chair of Woodwind and then Chair of Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Read more

Ray Cassar is widely admired as one of Sydney's finest trumpet players, and regularly performs with the music industry's leading artists. He often performs live on national television, most recently as lead trumpet with The Voice house band 2017. He regularly performs at jazz festivals, jazz clubs, and major concert venues around Australia and abroad, with ensembles ranging from big band to full orchestra. Read more