About The Festival

Music means so much to me, as it does to many. It absolutely feeds the soul and I can’t imagine life without it.

Organising a classical music festival in Tasmania has been a dream of mine for quite a while.

Living in Tasmania for 16 years and for 8 of these, regularly travelling to Handmark Gallery, I just love turning off the Midlands Highway and meandering into the beautiful village of Evandale: the water tower, two beautiful churches, the Main Street with its lamp posts, Evandale Antiques and the Falls Pavillion and then there is the wonderfully imposing Clarendon down the Nile Road.  These buildings need to be celebrated.  Music needs to be celebrated and shared and made even more perfect in a gorgeous setting and natural acoustic.

For the inaugural Festival, I very much wanted artists who not only communicate through music played passionately, but also are interesting and engaging.  Add to the Festival some exquisite food and wine and we have the recipe for a fantastic long weekend.

There are so many people and organisations that have made this dream come to life.

Firstly the Tasmanian Government for its support through Events Tasmania.

To a very special group of individuals who believed in me and are equally passionate about music, who pledged $10,000 each to become Founding Patrons. I am totally indebted to Philip Bacon AM, Kay Bryan, Julia Farrell, Pauline Menz, Ros O’Connor and the Graeme Wood Foundation.

It has been a joy and privilege to work with the teams at Futago and Font PR who are both generous sponsors.

Working with the people of Evandale, who are passionate about this village, in particular, Peter Woof, Claire Blackwood, and our Evandale committee.

Also, to Nicholas Heyward, Simon Rogers and the TSO, to friend and mentor, Timothy Walker, Christopher Lawrence who in turn introduced me to Hugh Hallard from Renaissance Tours and to Stephen Block, your support and encouragement has been invaluable.

To all ticket buyers, thank you, may this be the first of many celebrations of life through music.

Allanah Dopson

About us

Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival is a not for profit incorporated association.
ABN 88 326 982 818

The objectives of the association are:
Establishing, operating and funding a classical music festival for Tasmania and showcasing the built heritage in Northern Tasmania.

The first Spring Festival in Evandale is a pilot and hopefully will prove to be the forerunner to an annual event.

Allanah Dopson – President
John Oliver – Treasurer
John Cauchi AM SC – Secretary
Stephen Block, Nicholas Heyward

Evandale Committee
Irina Abbott
Sue Gillon
Lynette Louis
Kate Rowe