The Dominion Post described the Adam Chamber Music Festival as New Zealand’s only truly international music festival. It features top chamber musicians from around the world and attracts audiences from all around New Zealand and overseas. I’ve enjoyed stage managing the last three festivals and whilst this may seem like a simple task, it requires precision and focus to provide a supportive and positive workspace for the musicians.
I recall one concert by (an unnamed) trio, who were so relaxed they were still eating fish and chips outside the takeaway store ten minutes before the concert was due to start. Needless to say they went on stage precisely on time and gave a fantastic concert, which I suppose says a lot for sustenance! All concerts are recorded for archives and some are recorded for broadcast by Radio New Zealand. It’s been fascinating working alongside the Radio New Zealand engineers and discovering that we use similar techniques and equipment for chamber music recording.
I constantly feel privileged to work with professional musicians and the Adam Chamber Music Festival is a case in point. My philosophy of creating a positive environment in which to work always seems most welcome.