Bellingen gears up for festival

ONE festival is behind us and another ready in the wings as the spotlight shifts to the Bellingen Music Festival.

Think nightclubs, think glitter and lace and you’ve got the picture for Ilythian, one of the star acts of the festival.

Keen to change the somewhat dry image of classical music, these women reportedly leave audiences and critics speechless.

In Ilythian’s world it’s all about the fine arts taking centre stage with the boundaries between entertainment, virtuosity and creativity becoming obsolete.

Group leader and composer Chloe Charody challenges: “How far can we take this? Open your minds – let’s go!”

She is joined on stage by pianist Lindsay Gilroy, violinist Sonja Schebeck and fellow soprano Simone Easthope.

Drawing on French and Russian music from the early 20th century, the ensemble is among the finest talent Australia has on offer.

Ms Charody already has two symphonies, two operas, string quartets, ballets and numerous chamber works to her name.

The group’s current circus-opera, The Carnival, opened recently on London’s West End and willl be touring extensively this year.

The Bellingen Music Festival is on May 28 and 29. For more information, go to

Tickets are available online and also from the Waterfall Way Centre.

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