The 2017 Troubadours
The 2017 Troubadours

Troubadour Programme


The Troubadour Quartet Programme provides an exceptional career development experience to a group of students or young professional string players. Unique in New Zealand, the programme includes learning and performance opportunities provided by the Adam Chamber Music Festival, the Adam Summer School and Chamber Music New Zealand.


The programme will include the following content:

  • Complimentary registration to the 2018 Adam Summer School, including student accommodation and a $200 contribution to travel costs.
  • Five days of community performances around the Nelson region in the week following the Summer School including accommodation and a $50 daily allowance during this period.
  • Engagement in the 2019 Adam Chamber Music Festival in a package which includes a per artist fee of $800, domestic travel, accommodation and a $50 daily allowance whilst in Nelson. Performance opportunities during the Festival will include a range of community performances and two early evening 30 minute concerts, as well as tuition by professional musicians including the New Zealand String Quartet.
  • The community performances (e.g. in libraries, schools, rest homes) include talking to the public in an engaging way to heighten their interest and appreciation of the music. The role of the Troubadour String Quartet is intended to be as a gift to the people of Nelson - as musical ambassadors representing the Adam Chamber Music Festival and chamber music in general.
  • A three day internship with Chamber Music New Zealand to learn about performance presentation and marketing.
  • Performances under the auspices of Chamber Music New Zealand in 2019.

Timeframe and Commitments

The timeframe of the programme is essentially 2 years, from the time applications are received, to the completion of the Chamber Music New Zealand performances. Applicants need to commit to this timeframe.

Selection Process

Pre-formed string quartets or individuals may apply. Apply as normal to the Adam Summer School (online at and as well, send an email stating why you are interested in participating in the Troubadour Programme, what you would bring to the role, and your previous relevant performance experiences to

The Festival is looking for candidates who exhibit a high level of performance and chamber music skills, and a genuine interest in engaging with audiences of all kinds to spread the joy of great chamber music.

The successful applicants will be selected by the Artistic Directors of the Adam Chamber Music Festival. Groups who have previously participated cannot reapply.

The Troubadour Programme is produced in partnership with the New Zealand String Quartet and Chamber Music New Zealand.