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*Pic: Chas Rader-Shieber, Kathryn Lewek, Julia Lezhneva, stars of Hobart Baroque who have been nominated for three Helpmann Awards  • And they were triumphant ... Mercury: Stellar award for Baroque performance

Dear Premier Hodgman,

As patrons, arts practitioners, musicians, teachers, administrators and music lovers, we write in support of the continuing growth of Hobart Baroque. Most of us have attended this event, many for the second year running, and all are aware of its extraordinary impact.

New festivals usually take years to establish a reputation and yet this one has already achieved national recognition for originality and excellence in just two years.

By any standards this is a remarkable feat. We understand that almost forty per cent of visitors to this year’s festival came from mainland Australia and that most stayed for between three and five days, figures that have been confirmed by independent research. If Hobart Baroque continues to grow in quality and importance, visitor numbers will surely increase exponentially.

We are particularly impressed by the number of young people, on the thresholds of their careers who have been given the chance to showcase their talents in the programs to date. Amongst them have been many young Tasmanians and those who have travelled to Tasmania to study at its musical institutions.

Tasmania hosts the only dedicated baroque music event in the southern hemisphere. To lose impetus now would be not only a blow to our musical life but also a serious setback to Tasmania’s burgeoning image as a vibrant cultural capital.

We recognise that these are challenging financial times but there is a there is a very clear case for regarding this as an investment with clearly demonstrable results.

We look forward to supporting and attending the festival in 2015 and many years to come. We trust that you and the state government will continue to support this outstanding event.

Yours sincerely,

Renata Kaldor AO and Andrew Kaldor AM


Professor Simone Young AM
Chief Executive, Hamburg State Opera, Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic, Guest conductor Australian Youth Orchestra.

Andrew Andersons AO

Noel Staunton, Director, Brisbane Festival

David Maloney AM, senior resources counsel Allens, former Chair Sydney Symphony.

Colin Cornish, CEO Australian Youth Orchestra

Professor H. R. Reynolds and the Hon. M. R. Reynolds

Professor Peter Tregear, School of Music, Australian National University, Canberra

Christopher Lawrence, Australian Broadcasting Commission

Genevieve Lilley B. Arch (hons) and Kingsley Wallman BA, LLB, M PD FGAA MIACD

Ian McRae AO, Chair Australian National Academy of Music

Mary Pridmore, Musica Viva, Tasmania.

Stephen Block, former CEO Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, former Executive Director Australian String Quartet.

Mary Vallentine AO, CEO Melbourne Recital Centre

Greg Barns BA, LLB

Hugh Hallard, CEO Renaissance Tours

Daniel Thomas AM, Emeritus Director, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Kenneth von Bibra AM and Berta von Bibra OAM

Richard Flanagan

John Kotzas, CE Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Fergus Linehan, Artistic Director designate, Edinburgh Festival

Lieven Bertels, Director, Sydney Festival

Brian Ritchie, Music Curator, MONA

Mrs. Frances Underwood

Lyndon Terracini AM, Artistic Director, Opera Australia.

Dr. Erin Helyard, School of Music
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Rory Jeffes, Managing Director, Sydney Symphony

Graeme Wood AM

Mrs Caryl McQuestin.

John Kelly, State Cinema, Hobart

Richard Tognetti AO, Artistic Director Australian Chamber Orchestra and Mariboro Festival, Slovenia.

Richard Mills AM, conductor and composer, Artistic Director of Victorian Opera.

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