Helfgott set to shine

HE has tickled the ivories on most of the world’s leading concert stages but David Helfgott loves nothing more than performing at home.

That’s just what he’ll be doing this weekend as the headline act for the inaugural Bellingen Music Festival.

The virtuoso pianist has spent the past month at home rehearsing on his grand piano which is seemingly propped up by two huge vases containing his colourful collection of pens gathered form around the world.

Mr Helfgott will take to the stage of the Bellingen Memorial Hall tonight and tomorrow night as part of a program put together by Camp Creative and which features some of the leading lights of Australian classical music.

With artists of the calibre of Claudia Douglas, Niki Vasilaksis, Emma Jane Murphy, Mark Walton, David Howe, Anthony Garcia and William Barton, the festival promises to be an aural delight.

Tickets cost $60 for today’s program, with performances running through until 8 pm.

Tomorrow’s program ($70) begins at 10.30am and there are eight performances through until 4pm.

Tickets are available at the Memorial Hall box office.



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