About Us

The Sydney Chamber Music Festival was founded in 2008 by a small group of passionate music lovers, including Akky Van Ogtrop and Michael Hedger, and is the brainchild of Bridget Bolliger, a Northern Beaches resident renowned professional flutist.

The SCMF is a boutique-style festival held every year at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum.

The SCMF offers its audiences the opportunity to hear some of the best Australian-based musicians playing fine classical and contemporary works in programs drawn from diverse musical and cultural traditions. The festival is held over one weekend and often collaborates with the Sydney Puppet Theatre for family concerts. Each year includes a performance of one new Australian composition. During performances, programs are unique and often theme-based on the gallery’s art exhibitions. The exclusive Sydney Chamber Music Festival seats just 100 people in its hall and is a unique musical event for all ages in the beautiful surroundings of the iconic Manly Wharf.

The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust is the festival’s principal sponsor.

I warmly welcome you back to our fine festival.

Bridget Bolliger
Artistic Director



Bridget Bolliger artistic director
Bruce Hein treasurer
Michael Hedger secretary
Steven Holdstock committee member