The Pure Poetry platform explores the meeting point of poetry and music. The project’s aim is to challenge and extend audiences through cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Pianist and poet, Bronwyn Blaiklock, founded the Pure Poetry project. It was first staged at the Riverina Conservatorium in Wagga Wagga NSW, where Bronwyn was Head of the Piano Department. The inaugural Pure Poetry Recital celebrated the voice of women in contemporary Australian culture on International Women’s Day in 2004. The renowned composer, Ann Carr-Boyd, featured in the recital and conducted masterclasses with RCM students. The program combined piano, viola, violin and cello repertoire with new writing from poets living in the Riverina region.
In the decade since its inception, the project has grown. It now contributes to both the Australian literature and classical music repertoire through commissions, mentorships, regional tours, masterclasses in addition to public recitals.