caldersmith violinCommissioning a violin from Michael Prokop is a realisation of the Kendall National Violin Competition's vision to promote young, accomplished and dedicated Australian makers as well as our rising stars and virtuosi. I sincerely welcome this young colleague to share the inspiring experience of this competition and the challenge of making violins of excellence. While violin making is necessarily a solitary work, the collaboration of makers who are passionate about skill and knowledge is essential to building a national tradition of instrument making in Australia. The Kendall National Violin Competition is just the kind of enterprise to promote this aspiration.

Graham Caldersmith

Forestry Corporation of NSW

Forestry CorporationForestry Corporation of NSW has had a long association with the Kendall community. The fortunes of both are tied to a vital and innovative future for Australian timbers.  This is embodied in the final form those Australian timbers take in the superb instruments fashioned by Graham Caldersmith.

The values of the region’s timber products have been increased over time. They are on show to the world in such diverse places as Parliament House in Canberra, in the walls and floors of countless homes around New South Wales, and in things of such intrinsic beauty as violins and other musical instruments.

Forestry Corporation of NSW is proud that our now thirteen year association with the Kendall National Violin Competition has encouraged and rewarded many young violinists and at the same time showcased the multiple values of fine timber, fine instruments and blossoming young musical talent.

Nick Roberts, Chief Executive Officer

Australian Solar Timbers

Australian Solar TimbersAustralian Solar Timbers is very proud to have been a founding sponsor of this important national Competition. We were attracted to it as it fosters our most gifted young musicians and recognises the importance of interacting with our regional communities. It remains a privilege to be associated with such a visionary and effective organizing committee as well as the extraordinary craftsmanship and generosity of Graham Caldersmith.

Douglas Head, Chief Executive Officer

Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Tourism

Camnde Haven Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and IndustryThe members of the Executive of the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism are delighted that the Chamber has decided to become a sponsor of the Kendall National Violin Competition.


Bill & Lyndal Coote

Bill and I are pleased to be able to contribute in a small way to the ongoing success of this wonderful competition.

Lyndal Coote





Luke Fischer
Poet Luke Fischer

4th November

Kendall School of Arts

1 pm Philosophical Reflections
The Musician

2 pm Poetry and Music Salon
Luke Fischer, poet
Goetz Richter, violin
Jeanell Carrigan, piano
Andrew London, horn
Works by Brahms, Janacek, Debussy and Korngold

Tickets $ 30 (attendance at 1 pm talk free with concert ticket)

Ticket Bookings: info@pentimento-northhaven.com  or phone Mavis Barnes 02-6559 4339, PO Box 86, Kendall NSW 2439

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