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Bloom My Heart is the first of six interlinked programmes within the AWE Festival 2022, taking place in the gorgeous Rippon Hall, Wānaka.
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Saturday, October 8, 2022

At the World’s Edge is a classical music festival inspired by its roots in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. With spectacular sounds against majestic scapes, experience chamber music in New Zealand alongside internationally renowned musicians, lifelong enthusiasts, and curious adventurers alike.

Bloom My Heart | Sat Oct 8 | 4pm and 7.30pm

The first step in the journey, touching on themes of conversation and playfulness, vulnerability and loss, and the family that ties us together.


Richard Strauss Capriccio for string sextet
Gareth Farr Mondo Rondo for string quartet
Alma Mahler Five songs for baritone and string quartet
Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet in F-minor, op.80

Festival Artists:

Benjamin Baker: AWE Artistic Director (NZ/UK) – Violin
Justine Cormack: AWE Festival Director (NZ) – Violin
Wilma Smith (NZ/Australia) – Violin
Marike Kruup: AWE Education Leader (Estonia/UK) – Violin
Amanda Verner (NZ/Sydney) – Viola
Robert Ashworth (Canada/NZ) – Viola
Maciej Kulakowski (Poland) – Cello
Ken Ichinose (UK/NZ) – Cello
Julien Van Mellaerts (NZ/UK) – Baritone
Gareth Farr (NZ) – Composer in Residence


More information about AWE Festival 2022 | Oct 8-21

Spanning six enchanting programmes across Central Otago, the At the World’s Edge Festival offers a journey that will ignite the senses, inspire the soul, and imprint upon you the stirring sound of music, old and new. With each performance offering waypoints that explore the contrast between solitude and togetherness, be inspired by the process of creativity in the musical landscape with the best of chamber music in NZ. Some moments simply need to be experienced yourself.

Spanning two weekends this October, experience captivating live music events in Wānaka, Cromwell, and Queenstown with the best of chamber music in New Zealand.

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