AWE FESTIVAL 2024 | Chamber Music Festival in the Southern Alps
Queenstown Lakes | 5-13 October

At the World’s Edge (AWE) is a chamber music festival inspired by its roots in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Featuring internationally renowned artists side-by-side with Aotearoa's finest musicians, this year’s festival spans seven programmes across Queenstown, Wānaka, Bannockburn and Cromwell, with folk music at its core and additional AWE+ free events and experiences throughout.

Sat 5 Oct | 4pm & 7pm
Te Atamira, Queenstown
Adults $70 | Students $25
AWE 2024 opens with Dispersion, an eclectic programme that delves into the colourful intersection where folk music and classical music meet.
• Sergei Prokofiev String Quartet No.2 “Kabardinian”
• Bright Sheng Concertino for clarinet and string quartet
• Eve de Castro-Robinson This liquid drift of light for solo piano
• Béla Bartók Piano Quintet

Sun 6 Oct | 2pm & 5pm
Coronation Hall, Bannockburn
Adults $70 | Students $25
A programme inspired by Klezmer music, or Jewish folk music, presenting a deeply expressive musical language. Featuring everything from thought-provoking introspective pieces to toe-tapping tunes.
• Paul Schoenfeld Trio for clarinet, violin and piano
• Eve de Castro-Robinson Split the Lark for violin and piano
• Osvaldo Golijov The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind for clarinet and string quartet
• Sergei Prokofiev Overture on Hebrew Melodies for clarinet, string quartet and piano

Mon 7 Oct | 7:30pm
Te Atamira, Queenstown
Adults $70 | Students $25
A special piano-focused programme with Hungarian Festival Artist Daniel Lebhardt bringing a piece of his heritage to AWE. This launches us on a journey across Europe, starting in Hungary and looking westwards with folk melodies, ancient and contemporary, from England to the USA.
• Béla Bartók Three Rondos on Slovak Folk Tunes
• Béla Bartók Out of Doors, interspersed with selections of Eve de Castro-Robinson’s a zigzagged gaze
• Béla Bartók Rhapsody No.1 for violin and piano
• Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (arr. Maud Powell) Deep River from 24 Negro Melodies, op.59 for violin and piano
• Thomas Tomkins A Sad Pavan for These Distracted Tymes
• Percy Grainger Walking Tune, Spoon River and Shepherd's Hey

Thur 10 Oct | 6pm
Cloudy Bay Shed, Cromwell
Limited Release | $135
AWE's special evening with music and wine, Equinox explores folk influences in classical music and the natural opposition of light and dark. This is realised through performances that transition between daylight, twilight, and nighttime within the stunning surrounds of the Cloudy Bay Shed in Cromwell.
• Johannes Brahms Hymne zur Verherrlichung des großen Joachim (Hymne for the great Joachim) for two violins and cello
• Salina Fisher Hikari for solo violin
• Sergei Prokofiev Sonata for two violins, op.56
• Eve de Castro-Robinson Commemoration for solo cello
• Huw Watkins String trio, AWE co-commission, NZ Premiere
• Ernő Dohnányi Serenade for String Trio, op.10
During the evening, Festival Director Justine Cormack will also host a Q&A with this year’s Composer in Residence, Eve de Castro-Robinson.

Fri 11 Oct | 7:30pm
Te Atamira, Queenstown
Adults $70 | Students $25
Our third Queenstown programme is a playful exploration of Eastern and Western folk influences. Set at Te Atamira, the creative confluence of the Queenstown community, we explore the composer and their musical creation as a prism, a conduit for us to connect with both ourselves and the richly cultured world around us.
• Witold Lutosławski Subito for violin and piano
• Estella Wallace, AWE 2024 Emerging Composer New Work
• Eve de Castro-Robinson Undercurrents for solo clarinet
• Béla Bartók Contrasts for violin, clarinet, and piano
• Johannes Brahms Clarinet Quintet in b minor, Op.115

Sat 12 Oct | 4pm & 7pm
Rippon, Wānaka
Adults $70 | Students $25
Our Wānaka weekend opens in the Rippon Hall with Ængles, a programme exploring the melting pot of folk influences that came to define the sounds of the United Kingdom in the 20th century.
• Benjamin Britten String Quartet No.1
• Eve de Castro-Robinson Tumbling Strains for violin and cello
• Percy Grainger Molly on the Shore for string quartet
• Frank Bridge An Irish Melody ‘The Londonderry Air’ for string quartet
• Peter Maxwell-Davies A Sad Pavan for These Distracted Tymes for string quartet
• Vaughan Williams Phantasy Quintet for strings

Sun 13 Oct | 2pm & 5:30pm
Rippon, Wānaka
Adults $80 | Students $35
The closing concert of AWE 2024 features the world premiere of Composer in Residence, Eve de Castro-Robinson’s Earth’s Eye. The programme takes inspiration from a famous connecting point for artists in 19th century Vienna - the Gasthaus Zum Roten Igel (The Red Hedgehog), celebrated with tasty morsels from the Gasthaus itself (included in ticket price).
• Felix Mendelssohn Four Pieces for String Quartet, op.110
• Eve de Castro-Robinson Earth’s Eye for clarinet, violin, viola and cello, AWE 2024 Commission, World Premiere
• Franz Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D.956

AWE 2024 Festival Artists:
Benjamin Baker (NZ/UK), Violin
Justine Cormack (NZ), Violin
Alexi Kenney (USA), Violin
Marike Krupp (Estonia/UK), Violin
Lorna Zhang (NZ), VIolin
Bryony Gibson Cornish (NZ/UK), Viola
Serenity Thrulow (NZ), Viola
Sterling Elliott (USA), Cello
Ian Greenberg (USA/NZ), Cello
Julian Bliss (UK), Clarinet
Daniel Lebhardt (Hungary/UK), Piano
Madeleine Xiao (NZ), Piano
Morgan Pearse (NZ/UK), Baritone
Deborah Wai Kapohe (NZ), Soprano

AWE 2024 Composer in Residence:
Eve de Castro-Robinson (NZ)

Visit for further programme details, full artist information, multiple free performances and events to deepen the AWE experience.

Event Date

05 October 2024 to 13 October 2024

Future Events
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10 October 2024
11 October 2024
12 October 2024
13 October 2024

Te Atamira Arts and Culture Space

Physical Address

Building 11, Dart House, Remarkables Park Town Centre, 12 Hawthorne Drive


Queenstown, 9300