Young composers with the Acacia Quartet and Anne Phelan during recording session. A unique and distinctive feature of the Bellingen Fine Music Festival is its Music-by-Youth Project, which is coming into its sixth year thanks to initial financial support from the Australian Government, ongoing financial support from the Camp Creative Board and many other kinds of support from the local Community, not least its amazing music teachers. Initially the brainchild of young composer Andrew Batt-Rawden, the Music-by-Youth Project supports and mentors local young musicians through performance in
the Festival and participation in associated workshops. Music HSC students have been fortunate enough each year to have their works recorded in Sydney and performed at the Festival by the generous and supportive Acacia Quartet.
We are very proud of the fine young musicians of the Mid-North Coast and of our role, through the Music-by-Youth Project, in helping and supporting them and providing opportunities not only for them to perform in a professional setting, but also to have their compositions recorded and performed by a professional ensemble. Composer Paul Jarman regularly acts as a mentor/adjudicator to the students and in 2016, he was also the Festival’s Composer-In-Residence. In 2019 we are delighted that Musica Viva has come on board in support of the Project.