CONDUCTOR and outspoken music advocate, Richard Gill, will be the music director for the 2014 Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp in Canberra. This will be the largest National Music Camp ever, with performances ranging from Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” to new works by Australian composers Philip Jameson and Andrew Howes. Alongside Gill, the camp will be driven by brilliant tutors and notable conductors such as Alexandre Bloch and Geoffrey Lancaster. Public concerts will be held at Llewellyn Hall on January 11 and 15-18. Program details at ayo.com.au
BUNGENDORE Wood Works is continuing its 30th Year Anniversary celebrations into 2014 with a double-headed exhibition until January 28 of fine furniture and woodwork by master craftsman David Upfill-Brown and paintings by landscape artist Tony Richardson. Upfill-Brown ran a bespoke furniture workshop in Tharwa from 1982 to 1999 before becoming academic director of the Australian School of Fine Furniture in Tasmania.
RETURNING for its sixth year, the popular “Flix in the Stix” festival is back with a mix of comedy from Axis of Awesome, music by Eskimo Joe and award-winning short films. At the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Saturday, February 1, bookings to flixinthestix.com.au/
AMERICAN humorist and master of satire, David Sedaris, will be at the Canberra Theatre for an evening of reading and conversation on January 22. Bookings to 6275 2700 or canberratheatrecentre.com.au
“CELTIC Woman”, those four Irish women vocalists who have combined traditional and contemporary to take the world by storm, will be performing at the Royal Theatre at 5.30pm on Saturday, January 18. Bookings to ticketek.com.au
A GROUP of Braidwood writers led by Billie Dean and Andrew Einspruch are staging an immersive weekend for writers to be held on the weekend of January 11-12. As well there will be a VIP launch, 7pm-10pm, on Friday, January 10. The retreat will include appearances by Tim Ferguson (comic), Posie Graeme-Evans (novelist and producer, “McLeod’s Daughters”), Geoffrey Atherden (“Mother and Son”, “Grass Roots”) and Stephen Measday (young adult). Bookings to 4842 2819 or wildpureheart.com/writersretreat
CANBERRA trio “The Stilettos”, who perform at corporate functions, tell me they’ve recently been interviewed for the UK website talentedladiesclub.com and (good girls) have made sure to mention that they’re from Canberra. You can read the story at talentedladiesclub.com/all-inspiration/australian-vocal-trio-the-stilletos/