New Manager Appointed

Bob Bickerton, Manager Adam Chamber Music FestivalThe Nelson Music Festival Trust has announced the appointment of a new Manager for the Adam Chamber Music Festival.

Performing Arts manager, local musician and recording engineer Bob Bickerton has accepted the role for the biennial festival, which will make its mark in Nelson for the 12th time in 2013.

Bickerton was the Director at the Nelson School of Music when the festival was first conceived in 1992, and he has staged managed the last three Festivals.

He says he will draw on his experience within the music industry to enhance the event’s popularity further ashore.

“The Adam Chamber Music Festival is regarded as a music festival of international significance and has a reputation for attracting high calibre chamber musicians from around the world,” says Bickerton.

“I’m looking forward to increase our overseas visitor numbers to the event, and to further enhance Nelson as a key destination for lovers of classical music.”

Festival Manager Colleen Marshall says she is confident Bickerton will ensure the festival is once again a huge success.

“We are delighted to have Bob on board and excited to see what changes he has in store for the festival in 2013,” says Marshall.

“Bob has known the festival since its conception, and has had years of experience within the wider music industry, including in management, recording, performing and composing,” she says. “The festival is very special to Nelson, and it is our goal to continue making the festival a huge success, so that we get to keep it here in the future. We are confident that Bob will help us do that.”


Bob Bickerton is a former director of the Nelson School of Music, and is a multi-instrumentalist performer, recording artist, composer, producer, and recording engineer.

He specialises in Celtic music and performs regularly around the country, and has helped manage Celtic music festivals in New Zealand.  He also runs a professional recording studio in Nelson and produces live sound for festivals and concerts.