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LYN MILLS reports from the Canberra Glassworks’ eighth birthday, Kingston  

WHEN science and music collide the result is sometimes just a bit hard to reconcile, and when cast glass is created in the image of a violin and a cello, then played in the kiln confines of the Canberra Glassworks, the sound is unique and unusual.

That’s the polite way of saying it has a long way to go to be what we expect from a violin and cello, but as an instrument of sound it could have a place in the bigger picture of musical instruments.

The occasion was a happy eighth birthday celebration for our fabulous Canberra Glassworks and a salute to the opening of the Canberra International Music Festival next door at the Fitters’ Workshop.

The precinct was alive with all manner of celebratory sound and light with a blast of fire illuminating the space at the back of the Fitters, like a primordial geyser, while the creative talent from the University of Technology Sydney splashed their light show on the back wall and their musicians played to bring a unique CIMF “son et lumiere” to the backyard of the Kingston Foreshore.

New age it was, while the master of the didgeridoo William Barton played that ancient instrument to open the festival.

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