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Classical music stikes a chord

Success: Pianist David Howie and clarinettist Mark Walton wowed the audience at the inaugural Bellingen Music Festival.
Success: Pianist David Howie and clarinettist Mark Walton wowed the audience at the inaugural Bellingen Music Festival.

THE financials are still being tallied but it seems certain that classical music will again resonate through the streets of Bellingen.

Such was the response to last weekend’s inaugural Bellingen Music Festival that president of Camp Creative Peter Nance believes there is strong support to expand the program and add it to the town’s burgeoning schedule of annual events.

“We really didn’t know what to expect but by the end of the last performance on Sunday, we knew that we had struck a lot of the right chords with classical music lovers,” Mr Nance said.

“The Memorial Hall was close to capacity on Saturday night and we didn’t hear anything but praise for the artists and the concept of the festival.”

Mr Nance said the team at Camp Creative was now keen to hand over the reins.

“The festival was presented by Camp Creative, but we’re hoping a separate committee will now take over and grow the event. We’ve already had expressions of interest from some people with the necessary expertise and experience so I’m confident for the future,” he said.

“We know there were structural issues with ticketing and pricing but I’m sure we can overcome those and build the festival into major for the town.”

Mr Nance said a meeting would be held before the end of the month to shore up the festival’s future.



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