Announcement of a new director for the Coriole Music Festival of SA
Principal orchestral and chamber musician Simon Cobcroft has been appointed artistic director of South Australia’s renowned Coriole chamber music festival for three years from 2023. Simon takes over the leadership of his friend and colleague Anna Goldsworthy who directs the event since 2019.
Simon Cobcroft is well known to Australian audiences and beyond as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. Since 2014, he has been Principal Cellist of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and has also held the positions of Associate Principal Cellist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (2012-2014) and Deputy Principal Cellist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra ( 2003-2011). . Simon has been a frequent guest with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Esbjerg Ensemble of Denmark and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent years he has performed as a guest soloist with the Tasmanian and Singapore Symphony Orchestras and with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Announcing the appointment, Mark de Raad of the McLaren Vale Music Festival Association said: “We are very much looking forward to having Simon on board and experiencing all the joy his vision will bring us over the next few years. Many thanks to Anna Goldsworthy for her wonderful stewardship and excellent artistic programming over the past four years, especially during the complex times of COVID – we look forward to her continued involvement with us in other ways in the future!
Anna Goldsworthy said: “Simon’s deep musical intelligence and friendliness are the perfect combination for this unique festival. It is a pleasure to pass the baton to such a beloved member of our music community.’
Simon Cobcroft said: “I am delighted to be the next artistic director of the wonderful Coriole Music Festival! For nearly a quarter of a century, superb musicians from Australia and beyond have gathered at Coriole to challenge and delight audiences with boldly curated programs, combining the familiar and most beloved with the rare, new and the unknown.
“The past few years have presented unprecedented challenges to all of humanity, and for musicians, the almost unthinkable prospect of prolonged silence and isolation. In 2023, the Coriole Music Festival will reflect on the themes of exile, isolation and reunion, exploring the music that emanates from those who, despite their will or eagerly, have embraced introspection and loneliness.
“The 2023 festival will feature works by Rachmaninoff in his 150th birthday year, a composer who faced melancholy and the passion of isolation in forced exile, Britten, whose music explores questioning, fantastical inner worlds and the Stravinsky’s Kaleidoscopic Imagination in America.
New music by Finnish composer Olli Mustonen, Australian composers Paul Stanhope, Nigel Westlake and a special commission from acclaimed South Australian composer Anne Cawrse will also be featured.
‘The 2023 festival will mark the Coriole debut of the acclaimed Lyrebird Trio, a return of festival favourite, pianist Daniel Deborah, the Coriole debut of much-loved South Australian native Kristian Chong, and soloists on wind and bass strings of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.’
The full Coriole Music Festival 2023 program will be announced later this year.
The Coriole Music Festival is considered one of the top three chamber music festivals in Australia (Graham Strahle, The Australian) and celebrated its 23rd anniversary this year. In 2023, the Festival will be held on Saturday May 20 and Sunday May 21, with a special contemporary event scheduled for Friday May 19.
The Coriole Music Festival is considered a special and unique event. The three concerts feature a wide range of performers, from across Australia and around the world, working on a range of repertoire that often includes rarely heard works. The thematic sequence of concerts gives the festival depth and richness.
The Coriole Music Festival was conceived by the Lloyd and Burrell families as a celebration of good music in the McLaren Vale wine region. The Festival is now administered and produced by the McLaren Vale Music Festival Association, a non-profit organization chaired by Mark de Raad. First held in 1999, it is now an annual event in May.
Coriole was established by the Lloyd family in 1967. Coriole is well known for its old vine Shiraz and as a leader in the development of new wine varieties. Last year, Mark Lloyd received the Len Evans Award for Leadership in the Australian Wine Industry in recognition of this role.