Canberra International Music Festival

2 to 12 May 2019, various venues
Tickets on sale from 19 November 2018 a

Bach as you’ve never known him and as you’ve always known him awaits CIMF audiences in 2019.

The festival opens with didgeridoo player William Barton playing with the Ntaria Choir from Hermannsburg near Alice Springs, singing Bach, as they have been doing for 120 years. Taught by Lutheran missionaries, they sing Bach hymns and chorales with soul in their own languages, Western Aranta and Pitjantjatjara.

With a concert by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa, CIMF 2019 kicks up its heels in the Llewellyn Hall with stunning music and acrobatics. There’s music from Africa,jazz, French marimba, Taiwanese Marimba player Ching Chen Ling performing The Well Tempered Clavier with mallets! – and the list goes on.

There are 23 concerts and something for everyone from the traditional to the innovative.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with festival director, Roland Peelman.