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The Kendall National Violin Competition celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018 and has established itself as one of Australia’s foremost performance opportunities for young violinists. 


This remarkable achievement is due to many generous supporters of the Hastings, Camden Haven and Mid North Coast communities and the wonderful honorary management committee based in Kendall.


The Kendall National Violin Competition has put Kendall on the musical map and has made a big difference to the musical opportunities and enjoyment of so many talented young Australian violinists, youngsters of the Kendall and Herons Creek Community, through its inspiring educational in-school concerts, young composers in Australia through its Watermark Composition prize, Australian violin making and audiences and music lovers, including community musicians of the Mid North Coast.


Past finalists and winners of the Kendall National Violin Competition have embarked on impressive careers and the Competition is proud to have encouraged these talented artists on their way.


In our vision to support the development of Australian musical life for gifted young musicians and audiences in regional areas, the Kendall National Violin competition has decided to create a new competition format. A new competition featuring both junior and senior categories will be held biennially from 2020 onwards. 


Both categories will offer substantial financial prizes to all finalists. The first prize winner in the junior category will be awarded a concert violin made by a violin maker resident in Australia. The basic structure of the competition will remain in place: initial entry will be by recording (June 2020). Invited semi finalists will perform at a public semi-final round in Sydney (August 2020) and a final round in Kendall (September 2020). The judging panel of the competition’s final and semi-final rounds will consist of three eminent violinists. The minimum total value of prizes for all finalists combined will be $25,000 in 2020, distributed appropriately across categories and finalist placements. We hope to be able to enhance the opportunities for our gifted young musicians further in this way.


In 2019 the Kendall National Violin Competition will present a music festival in Kendall on the weekend of September 14 and 15 featuring  chamber music performances, recitals by past winners and finalists, masterclasses and educational activities for local schools. 


Our aim for 2019 is to raise, with our friends and supporters, the substantial amounts of money that will ensure the success of our vision for an enhanced competition in 2020 and beyond. Please consider a donation to the Kendall National Violin Competition which is a registered charity. Donations are fully tax deductible.

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Forthcoming Events

Philomusica 2019














December 8th

Music for Advent

The Kendall PhiloMusica series will close the year with a final concert in the spirit of Christmas featuring festive music for advent.


A brass quintet from the Sydney Conservatorium under the direction of the renowned Australian trumpeter Andrew Evans will bring the Christmas spirit to Kendall. 

Joining the splendid occasion will be horn player Pei Yin Xu who visited Kendall in 2017 as a member of a much acclaimed Horn Quartet.


Music is a gift in times of celebration and hardship especially and we hope many people in the Kendall, Hastings and the North Haven Community will come, relax and listen to be inspired.

Director Goetz Richter will introduce the afternoon performance with a pre-concert talk at 1 pm which ticket holders may attend for free. The discussion will focus on the topic of music and inspiration.

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

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


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