The 18th Bangalow Music Festival 2019 (BMF), proudly owned, operated and presented by Southern Cross Soloists (SXS), one of Australia’s most formidable and long-running chamber music ensembles, has been nominated for a 2020 ART Music Award. APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre announced the finalists for the 10th Art Music Awards – an annual event celebrating achievements in the fields of composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian art music yesterday. The 18th BMF under the theme of Conversations through Chamber Music was held over three days, where peerless musicians explored musical heritage across nine curated concerts in beautiful Bangalow’s A&I Hall from Friday August 9 to Sunday August 11, 2019. The 18th BMF played host to over 30
internationally regarded and young up and coming artists, with 15 featured artists across nine curated concerts.

The 18th BMF was a resounding success and has received acknowledgment of this via the nomination in the category of Excellence in a Regional Area. The ART Music Awards (#ArtMusicAwards), will be virtual in 2020 with 278 nominees holding out for 13 awards. The 2020 Art Music Awards will be presented on Tuesday September 8 at 7pm AEST and will be streamed live on the APRA AMCOS YouTube channel www.youtube.com/apraamcos.

BMF and SXS are so grateful to all the amazing musicians, community supporters and festival team who all contributed to the success of the 18th BMF 2019, including artists of repute, Karin Schaupp, Chris Dragon, Amalia Hall, Vicky Sayles, Orava Quartet, NZ Chamber Soloists, Xenia Puskarz-Thomas and many more.

BMF and SXS Artistic Director, Tania Frazer said of the nomination, “Southern Cross Soloists are so honoured to have received this nomination from the APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards for the 18th BMF, 2019, particularly as we are not able to hold BMF 2020 due to the COVID-19. 2019 marked our 18th consecutive festival in Bangalow, which has grown into one of Australia’s most acclaimed classical music festivals. Each year BMF showcases a glittering array of soloists from both Australia and abroad.

BMF has grown from strength to strength due to the close relationship between SXS and the people of Bangalow and its surrounds, including Rebecca Zentveld’s from Zentveld’s Coffee Plantation, Mary O’Connor from Bangalow Real Estate, John and Carol Griffiths from ADFAS Byron Bay, Grant Rasheed from Ninbella Gallery along with Wendy Cohen, the lovely ladies of the Bangalow CWA and the tireless team at the Bangalow Herald as well as many more wonderful supporters. This nomination honours both the 18th BMF and its artistic program as well as all the amazing community support for Southern Cross Soloists to present the festival each August in this gorgeous township.

We are so disappointed that this year’s festival was unable to go ahead (it would have been this weekend: Aug 13-16), but we are looking forward to delivering our 2021 festival, August 12-15, 2021. Learn more at www.southernxsoloists.com/bangalow