CHILLINGHAM's Belly-dance for Fun.
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Classical fun for fathers' weekend

THE hills are alive with the sound of music.

Classical music, that is.

The 18th annual Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music is here, promising a weekend of serene sounds and fun family activities.

So if you prefer sopranos and strings to the roaring of rally car engines, head to the Tyalgum Hall.

The event will feature some of Australia's rising classical music stars and tickets are still available for all concerts, festival coordinator Alexsandra Wilkinson said.

“It's a really special, wonderful weekend that we've planned especially for Father's Day,” Ms Wilkinson said.

“The music is sublime and they are the best performers in the world so we are really lucky to have the event here on the Tweed.”

Pianist Adam Herd, who recently took out first prize at the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, will kick off the festival from 8pm tonight.

Tomorrow morning's Young Virtuosi section will showcase the country's talented young stars and features piano, violin, cello and vocal performances.

“Basically this is a glimpse into our future of Australian classical music,” Ms Wilkinson said.

“We've got performers down to 13 years old so it's lovely to come and see them play.”

In the afternoon, brass quintet Buzz will take the stage to present a varied program of traditional and contemporary brass works.

“Saturday afternoon will be a very interesting concert because you don't normally see a brass ensemble,” Ms Wilkinson said.

“Saturday night will be a gala affair with Opera Queensland's Young Artists Program, who will perform a delightful mix of everyone's favourite arias from the operatic and musical theatre repertoire.”

The day's events will end with a performance by Ayesha Gough, playing Beethoven, Bach and Rachmaninov on piano.

The final concert of classical music at Tyalgum Hall on Sunday morning will be given by the Lipman Harp Duo before Maggie Chen and Vicky Yang perform a piano repertoire for four hands.

The festival will conclude with a Father's Day lunch at Tyalgum Showground, featuring the Hot Chilli Drummers and Chillingham's Bellydance for Fun.

Visit for more information or to buy tickets.

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