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Festival Experiences

Make the most of your musical experience by including some of these additional activities into your Festival plans.


Join Artistic Director Carl Vine at the ever-popular In Conversation sessions, where Festival artists are interviewed about their life and work. Take the opportunity to ask your own questions – there are always some surprising insights into the extraordinary world of music!


Expand your musical knowledge through talks, instrument demonstrations and presentations from top music experts. Enrich your enjoyment of the music you hear onstage as we delve more deeply into the lives of the music makers.


Between concerts, indulge in fine food and wine at the various dining options on offer. Be entertained by pop-up musical performances while sharing a meal with old friends, or meeting likeminded new ones. Dining packages are now on sale.


Attending the final concert of the Festival? Celebrate a superb weekend of fine music by joining us in the foyer following the Sunday afternoon concert, as the Festival musicians, audience, students and staff come together to say farewell. This has become a favourite event for artists and audiences alike – and the perfect way to round off your Festival experience.



Friday 26 April – 3.45pm-4.30pm – Recital Hall West

Inside the Music – Schubert and the Trout Quintet

In this talk, Dr David Larkin, senior lecturer in musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, delivers an informative exploration of Franz Schubert’s famed Trout Quintet (to be heard in Concert 4). Celebrating 200 years of performance in 2019, the Quintet takes its name from a song by Schubert, whose theme he borrowed for a memorable instrumental movement. As he unpacks the history and context of the piece, Dr Larkin will be joined onstage by soprano and Sydney Conservatorium of Music student, Chloe Lankshear, performing the famous song.    

Saturday 27 April – 1pm – 1.45pm – Recital Hall West

Inside the Music – Edgar Meyer in conversation with James Valentine

In demand as both a performer and composer, Edgar Meyer has formed a role in music unlike any other, seamlessly moving between classical, bluegrass and jazz and collaborating with some of the world’s finest musicians. In this special interview, Edgar will be joined by broadcaster, musician and writer, James Valentine, as together they discuss Edgar’s lifelong dedication to double bass.

Sunday 28 April – 10.30am-11.15am – Recital Hall West

Inside the Music – All About the Double Bass with Benedict G. Puglisi and Kirsty McCahon

Atelier Puglisi is Melbourne’s famed workshop for stringed instruments (especially double bass), and the professional home of luthier Benedict G. Puglisi. In a rare visit to Sydney, he is joined by leading Australian performer and educator, Kirsty McCahon, for an engaging talk which features demonstrations of both historic and brand new instruments – including one which will have its very first notes played.