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Lyrebird Festival Launches In The Blue Mountains

November 23, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - November 26, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

The inaugural Lyrebird Festival launches in November 2023, held in the spectacular Megalong Valley with music, art, food & wine, talks & nature walks. Founded and directed by the Bowerbird Collective, this event brings together some of Australia’s finest musicians for a series of spellbinding concerts.

The Lyrebird Festival brings together art, science and conservation, and includes local culinary delights, intimate, world-class performances and an immersive, interactive experience of Janet Laurence’s ‘Elixir Lab’. All events have been scheduled to allow for plenty of time moving between each location.

Concerts include the multi-media festival opening event performed by the Bowerbird Collective and based on their recent CD Life on Land’s Edge, a solo guitar recital, a guitar and cello recital and music for string trios and quartets.

The Lyrebird Festival is names after the Australian species, and an evolutionary marvel, the lyrebird, which represents all that is sacred in the bush. They can be heard in the Megalong Valley imitating the calls of hundreds of other species, as well as producing their own thrilling sounds.

The musical selections onclude works by Vaughan Williams, Chris Williams, Ross Edwards, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, J.S. Bach, Tristan Coehlo, Erik Satie, Tōru Takemitsu and Benjamin Britten.

The performers include Simone Slattery, Anthony Albrecht, Andrew Blanch, Katie Yap, Emily Sheppard, Yyan Ng, Janet Laurence,  Andrew Skeoch.

Read our review of the Bowerbird Collective’s recent release, Life on Land’s Edge.

Bookings and more information

Locations: Megalong Valley venues: Megalong Community Hall, The Old Stables, Grounds of Werriberri Cottage, Megalong Creek Estate Winery, Grounds of Megalong Tea Rooms Web address and tickets: www.lyrebirdfestival.com




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