NT Chamber Music Festival

Darwin Symphony Orchestra and Arafura Music Collective with Brown's Mart

JUNE 4-5

An inspiring weekend of chamber music highlighting our local talent.

Join talented musicians from Darwin Symphony Orchestra and Arafura Music Collective for a weekend of diverse and delightful chamber music.

Featuring different ensembles highlighting some of the Northern Territory’s exceptional local talent, this weekend of music-making has something for everyone to enjoy.


Divine Feast
7:30pm, Saturday 4 June

Immerse yourself in an evening of emotional exploration, from the deep and evocative to the delightful and quirky

This performance features three unique chamber music works from three distinctive composers.

Hear the whimsical and amusing tale of love and drama between cooking utensils, in Martinů’s La Revue de Cuisine. Adapted from his 1927 ballet, this suite for sextet is rich with dance music and jazz influences characteristic of the early to mid-twentieth century.

Witness Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, an experimental and highly evocative piece composed by Gavin Bryars in 1971, that employs the power of repetition and evolving orchestral sounds to explore spirit and optimism.

Finally, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence explores the emotional power of music, drawing audiences in with its striking yet melodic opening movement. First sketched during a trip to Florence, this stunning work arranged for string orchestra is not to be missed.

Martinů – La Revue de Cuisine
Gavin Bryars – Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet
Tchaikovsky – Souvenir de Florence

Black Dogs
3:00pm, Sunday 5 June

Opening with a celebratory brass fanfare, this dramatic and moving program brings a weekend of spectacular music to a close.

Strauss’s lyrical writing in his Suite for 13 Winds beautifully highlights the unique qualities of each wind instrument, in four rich and distinctive movements.

See three wonderful soloists shine in Telemann’s sparkling Concerto Grosso E Minor for flute, recorder and bassoon soloists accompanied by string orchestra.

The NT premiere of Black Dogs by celebrated Australian composer Iain Grandage is a dramatic and sublime finale to this program. Inspired by two friends who experienced periods of ‘mental fragility,’ Grandage’s stunning Black Dogs for guitar and strig quartet reflects on the unknown, unknowable workings of the mind.

Strauss - Suite in B flat Opus 4 for 13 winds
Telemann – Concerto Grosso E Minor TWV 52:E2
Iain Grandage – Black Dogs

Other Events

NT Composers Seminar
11:00am, Sat 4 June

Lifting the curtain on the passion, creativity, and talent of our local NT composers

Join us for this special event featuring NT Composers Netanela Mizrahi, Nick Yates and Francis Diatschenko, each presenting a new work specially written for this seminar.

Hosted by acclaimed NT Composer Cathy Applegate and DSO’s Artistic Director/Chief Conductor Jonathan Tooby, the works will be premiered by DSO’s String Quartet and special guest artists. Each composer will reveal their inspiration and process in writing their works, in an engaging and thought-provoking discussion.

This event is an opportunity to be inspired by some of the NT’s most remarkable artists and talented composers.

This event is free. Bookings are essential

Young Artists Showcase SOLD OUT
11:00am, Sun 5 June

Experience Darwin’s talented young artists in this special performance highlighting our rising stars.
This event will feature musicians from Darwin Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Program, and other talented young players from the Darwin community.  

Performing a range of lively and entertaining repertoire in a range of different ensembles, these talented youngsters are sure to impress.

Celebrate, support and be inspired by the NT’s next generation of musicians at this free event.

Booking are essential.

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