Raising the roof at Tyalgum

THE seventeenth annual Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music came to a close yesterdaysun after three days of Chopin, Beethoven and Mozart.

More than 15 artists performed the works of the world's greatest classical performances during the event which Tyalgum Festival president Virginia Mason said blew everyone away.

"People come from all around Australia for this event. We've have a full house all weekend," she said.

"It may not be the biggest but it is very prestigious. Everyone loves it. We have our crowd of followers who have only missed one or two festivals."

Ms Mason said plans for next year's event were in motion.

"We have some big acts that pass through here now," she said. "Tyalgum is a recognised name on the classical music scene."

The annual event began on Friday night with a performance from Russian pianist Tatiana Oleosa at the historic Tyalgum Hall.

Festival co-ordinator Alex Wilkinson had high praises for the opening act.

"It was amazing, the first performance just blew the roof off the hall," she said.

"Tatiana did four encores. I haven't seen that in the history of this festival."

On Saturday, rising stars of classical music including pianists' 10-year-old Nelson Hu and 9-year-old Lokman Lo amazed the audience with their young talent.

"We sponsor a prize with the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts each year. Nelson won the Most Promising Classical Instrumentalist at the festival earlier this year and Lokman is just an amazing pianist," Ms Wilkinson said.

"The two boys were incredible. Everyone was stunned to hear the extraordinary music they produced."

Ms Wilkinson said feedback from the festival had been positive.

"Overall it was a beautiful weekend with stunning music," she said.

Yesterday, The Limpinwood Ensemble took to the stage before the Lunch in the Park with The Nouveaux Singers and Cachicamo Latin Harp at the Tyalgum Showgrounds.

The festival ended last nightsun with pianist Alexey Yemtsov.

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