The famous Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields music festival will return in 2022 for its 26th year.
The festival showcases chamber music, old and new, in a variety of venues and churches across the region, and organisers hope the stars will align to allow it to return for a shorter program in January next year.
Tentative plans are being made for an opening night concert featuring Bach's cantatas, with a solo singer accompanied with strings and harpsichord, as well as three other shows across the weekend, with venues to be approached and dates to be set.
Organiser Judy Houston said all performances would strictly follow COVID-safety plans at venues, including density requirements, and added the opening night performance could be recorded and broadcast online.
"Everyone's suffered a lot of anxiety and stress, and it would be beautiful to have some life-giving experience like this - I think we can do it," she said.
"It's a dangerous thing for us to invest in a future festival so close, but we've been thinking about it and we think music brings together all the fragments of our life, it gives us a beauty and peace."
She said musicians across Australia, and particularly in Victoria, had been crying out for an opportunity to perform.
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"A lot have had no work, everything's been cancelled for a year and a half, and a lot aren't eligible for government support, they're relying on recitals and students," she said.
"If we can only have Victorian ones, we're sure that they'd be very happy to come."
Keep an eye on the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields for news on the 2022 program launch.
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