The Bellingen Fine Music Festival’s acclaimed Music-By-Youth Project provides  opportunities for local primary and high school music students to interact, learn and work Music By Youth Lachlan Wilkinswith professional musicians and have public performances.

Now in its 4th year, Music-By-Youth is an outstanding success.  Having the opportunity to work with outstanding ensembles such as the Acacia Quartet has been an invaluable experience for the students involved.  Those graduating have all done extremely well in music for the HSC, last year coming 3rd and 5th in New South Wales. Eighty per cent of the participating HSC students are now studying music across Australia. Lachlan Wilkins, for example, is now at the Brisbane Conservatorium under the tuition of Michele Walsh.



Acacia Quartet WorkshopThe Acacia Quartet will again present string instrument workshops for primary school music students and for members of the Bellingen Youth Orchestra.  Festival attendees are invited to attend to listen and watch these workshops.

The Acacia Quartet will join the Bellingen Youth Orchestra in performance of the workshopped works in the Youth and Exuberance Opening Concert of the Festival.  Renowned classical guitarist Karin Schaupp will be a guest performer with them.


School students of all ages, but mainly primary school students, will busk around town on the Saturday morning of the Festival and on other occasions around town.




Composer RecordingUp to six students writing compositions for HSC submission who are writing for a string quartet will have the opportunity to go to Sydney in August to have their works performed by the Acacia Quartet and recorded for their HSC submission.  The Acacia Quartet will then perform their works in the Opening Concert.


A Composer Slam for students will be conducted in two rounds.  A Preliminary Round will be prior to the Festival, and a Final Round will be adjudicated during the Festival.   Festival attendees are invited to attend to listen and watch.

Full details of times and locations are in the program page of the website.

For students who want to enter the Composer Slam, click below:

2018 COMPOSER SLAM Entry Details

The Music-By-Youth project is in memory of Peter Nance