The Stradbroke Island Chamber festival returns on July 27-29.

CHAMBER: Kate Miller-Heidke opens this year's Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival. Photo: Jo Duck.

CHAMBER: Kate Miller-Heidke opens this year's Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival. Photo: Jo Duck.

Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke brings a contemporary edge to the diverse opening program on of this year’s Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival which returns to Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) from July 27 to 29.

Miller-Heidke performs on Friday July 27 with some American popular songs and again at the Point Lookout Surf Life Savers Club on Saturday July 28  with her own band. 

Infusing the festival with their spirited string playing, Rachel Smith, Caroline Henbest, Louise King and Eric de Wit make return appearances, alongside visiting members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, other international as well as home-grown performers, and three pianists: Stephen Emmerson, Paul Hankinson and Therese Milanovic.

The six concerts contrast Old World and New in a program that includes the music of Old World favourites Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Dvorak, New World optimists Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and John Adams, and acclaimed Australians Kate Moore and Paul Hankinson.

The timing of the concerts also allows patrons to take part in the Quandamooka Festival’s Yura Yalingbila whale-welcoming celebration on Saturday, July 28.

The festival’s programing for young people will again take place at Dunwich State School in the lead-up week. The Jani Haenke Young Musicians from the Queensland Conservatorium will also be performing chamber music on the festival fringe.

For more information, visit stradmusic.org

Book through 4MBS Ticketing on 3847 1717, 9am to 5pm every day or at 4mbs.com.au. Tickets are also available from Point Lookout News (cash sales only).