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2021 At the World's Edge Festival: CONFLUENCE

Location: Cloudy Bay Shed, 45 Northburn Station Road, Cromwell
Region: Cromwell
Dates: Sat, 16 October 2021 @ 7.30pm

  • 2021 At the World's Edge Festival: CONFLUENCE

Three masterfully curated events. Three breathtaking locations. Three venues designed to capture the very beauty of sound itself. The environment nurtures us, the landscapes sway us, the mountains fuel us - but the music connects us.

Designed for the young and the old, the new to chamber music and the long-standing enthusiasts alike, the AWE 2021 Festival is about forging connections and sharing experiences, providing a new stage for classical music in our beautiful region.

Follow the journey of three exceptional composers Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms whose works intertwine throughout our three 2021 AWE Festival performances.

As well as being powerfully inspired by each other as colleagues and friends, these three men were also intertwined by their mutual love and respect for one influential, aspirational woman - Clara Wieck. A composer in her own right and highly regarded virtuoso pianist of the time, Clara was an inspiring force for creativity.

Experience classical music like never before, in a series of intimate settings that invite you to be still, be inspired, and be a part of the very music itself.


The second performance will take place at the Cloudy Bay Shed in Cromwell. Centred around the confluence of the two influential rivers, the Mata-Au and the Kawarau, Cromwell celebrates the coming together of people, beauty, and inspired creation in its highest form.

Cloudy Bay Shed is an intimate and intrinsically delicate venue nestled deep into the heart of the nature that surrounds it in the Cloudy Bay Vineyard. Subtle, elegant, and perfectly matched to its surroundings, the venue tiptoes at the water's edge, inviting its guests to reconnect with nature through the music that will flow through the neighbouring landscape.

Robert Schumann String Quartet in A minor, op.41 No.1
Felix Mendelssohn Capriccio from String quartet, Op.81 No.3
Salina Fisher Reflect for solo viola
Reena Esmail Darshan (‘seeing’) for solo violin
Felix Mendelssohn - String Quartet in A minor, op.13 - II, III, IV


Violinists: Benjamin Baker, Justine Cormack , Marike Kruup
Violists: Gillian Ansell, Alex McFarlane
Cellists: Andrew Joyce, Alexandra Partridge
Pianist: Sarah Watkins (for KAWARAU)

Cloudy Bay wine and food will available for purchase from 6pm.


Individual festival performances: $60 (+fees)
3-concert season pass: $150 (discount of $30)
TO BOOK SEASON PASS and receive the discount, select all three concerts for purchase and discount will be applied at checkout.

IF EVENT IS SOLD OUT, EMAIL [email protected] TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITLIST should audiences numbers be able to increase.


PERFORMANCE 1: MATA-AU, Rippon Hall, Wanaka, Friday October 15, 7.30pm,

Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet in A minor, op.13 - I. Adagio - Allegro Vivace
Salina Fisher Yabo for Violin and Viola
Salina Fisher Mata-Au for violin, viola and cello - World Premiere
Robert Schumann: Quartet no.3 in A major, op.41 no.3 Andante espressivo - Allegro molto moderato
Felix Mendelssohn String Quintet in B-flat major, op.87

PERFORMANCE 3: KAWARAU, Queenstown Memorial Centre, Sunday Oct 17, 5pm

Robert Schumann Märchenerzählungen, op.132 - I. Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell
Salina Fisher Kintsugi for piano trio
Felix Mendelssohn Lieder Ohne Worte for solo piano, op. 62 No.1 Andante expressivo
Clara Wieck Three Romances for violin and piano, op. 22
Johannes Brahms Intermezzo for solo piano in E-flat op.117
Salina Fisher mono no aware for cello and piano
Robert Schumann: Märchenerzählungen, op.132 - IV. Lebhaft, sehr markiert
Johannes Brahms String Sextet in B-flat Major op.18

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Cloudy Bay Shed, 45 Northburn Station Road, Cromwell