The blooming sound of music

Bloom Music Festival comes to Canberra this September. Chris Latham, music teacher Barbara Jerjen and Benn Sutcliffe with Saskia Herbst, Mia Blazevski and Peter Herbst.

IT’S springtime and music will be blossoming for the three-day Bloom Music Festival at the Ainslie Arts Centre in the former Ainslie Public School, in Elouera Street, Braddon.

It has become Canberra’s music hub, say Vivienne Winther, from Music for Everyone, and Chris Latham, from Pro Musica.

You might not care who James Ainslie was, but you will after the James Ainslie Recital Hall is launched at the festival, named after the reprobate Scot and ex-Napoleonic soldier who gave his name to the suburb.

The inaugural concert in the recital hall (using a  newly-purchased grand piano), will see Latham in the role of violinist and pianist Tamara Anna Cislowska performing Kancheli, Gorecki, Rachmaninov and Kats-Chernin at 7.30pm on September 16. The following night the Griffyn Ensemble will explore the solar system with music by Holst, The Beatles, David Bowie, Stockhausen, Hovhaness and Michael Sollis.

Both nights will wind up with the steamy Jazz@Ainslie at 9.30pm.

Bloom Music Festival, September 16-18. Tickets to jazz concerts at the door. Bookings for $60 festival pass and both night-time concerts to 6230 5880 or Other activities are free. Full program at

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