28/07 — 05/08/2017
March E-newsletter
Chopin and Celebrations!
Have you heard? AFCM Artistic Director Piers Lane is performing Chopin by candlelight at St James' Cathedral in Townsville on the 29th March and tickets are selling fast! There are a limited number of seats so please make sure you call the TicketShop on 1800 44 99 77 today or book online before you miss out. 
In this month's E-note we chat with Australian Soprano, Natalie Peluso, who will be joining us for the festival for the first time in Townsville. We can't wait to tell you what Piers has in store for Natalie at our launch this month! We also reveal our 2017 ticket packages and what this year's Families' Concert is about. Enjoy. 
Kind regards,
The AFCM Team. 
Image: Cromarty Wetlands courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland
Chamber Chat 
Natalie Peluso, Soprano
Q. What are you most looking forward to about AFCM 2017? I feel so privileged as a singer - performing beautiful music with talented colleagues - and our program for the Festival is fantastic. But having the opportunity to do this with a tropical paradise just outside the door is my idea of heaven.
Q. For those who haven’t experienced Natalie Peluso what can they expect? When I made my debut as Musetta in La Boheme, Hilary Finch from the London Times wrote, "Her voice leaps out of her tiny frame like a champagne cork." I feel this continues to describe me perfectly - small, but packs a delicious punch!
Q. Is there a particular song that never fails to move you? I know it's quite overexposed now but it doesn't matter how many times I hear it, Barber's Adagio for Strings makes me cry every single time. Is that bad?
Q. What is your fondest musical memory? I have too many to choose from! But ever since I decided to become an opera singer, my dream was to sing in London, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. And when I made my debut there as Zerlina, in Don Giovanni, with Sir Charles Mackerras in the pit grinning up at me during our curtain call, I recall looking out at the audience and thinking how incredible it was that I had made it, barely 4 years after arriving in London. It was a moment I will never forget.
Enjoy the ease of a Holiday Package
Three Festival Holiday Packages Available
Sit back, relax and enjoy the experience of booking an exclusive Festival holiday package. Choose from an Opening Weekend Extravaganza, mid-week Sunset Spectacular or Closing Weekend Indulgence package. Each includes three nights’ accommodation at one of our preferred hotels, reserved seating and discounted tickets to 3 Festival concerts. Prices start from $364 per person twin share, less for Members.
What’s more, everything can be done for you including flights, extra nights, extra concerts, car hire, day tours and more.
Our holiday package hotels are all quality properties in fabulous locations. Quest on Eyre is located just a short stroll from the beach and offers self-contained studio rooms and apartments. Rydges Southbank is located in popular Palmer Street, handy for the theatre and provides fully serviced hotel accommodation. The Grand Chancellor is located in the heart of the CBD. It offers stunning views, contemporary guest rooms and a rooftop pool.
Find out more about Festival Holiday Packages by clicking below or call Australian Holiday Centre on 1300 799 342.
Go for Gold
Immerse yourself in the music
If you’re a lover of chamber music then this is the best way to experience the Festival. A 2017 Gold Pass gives you priority seating at all 18 concerts in the main program, plus an exclusive Gold Pass function with four special guests: Piers Lane, Kathryn Stott, Dene Olding and James Crabb. Bus transfers are an optional extra, and AFCM Members enjoy a terrific discount on the Gold Pass. From $1,080 for Members and $1,200 for Adults. 
Save with Silver
Buy a 10 Concert or 4 Concert Package
Silver is the next best thing to gold! A Silver Pass includes 10 concerts and allows you to choose the first half or the second half of the Festival, both include 3 of the hugely popular morning Concert Conversations. Priced from $522 for Members and $580 for Adults. Another great option is the Festival Four pack where you can select any four concerts from the Sunset Series and Evening Series (exclusions apply) and pay just $199, saving up to $57.  
Australian Vocal & Concerto Competition
Extend your musical experience with a SPECIAL OFFER for AFCM guests. $65 includes entry to ALL sessions over 5 days at the 2017 Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition as well as two ACVC Gala Concerts. Following the concerts celebrate with the ACVC and mingle with finalists and adjudicators over a glass of champagne. Bookings with Townsville Civic Theatre open June. 21 - 25 July 2017, Townsville.  
Hayllar Tours AFCM & the Outback
This unique small group tour run by Hayllar Music Tours includes four days at AFCM including premium seats to six Festival concerts and exclusive private events. Experience the legendary Queensland Outback with a visit to historic Charters Towers, a brush with prehistory on the dinosaur trail at Winton and Hughenden, and an encounter with the stories of Australia’s outback heroes in Longreach. 
at QPAC 
In 2017, QPAC introduces Twilight Notes, a superb new series of intimate chamber music concerts presenting some of Australia and the world’s most cherished chamber artisans.
For your chance to win a double pass to the first concert on 29 March featuring Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen, email your contact details to by 18 March with the subject line ‘AFCM Twilight’.
2017 Families' Concert -Brundibár
Over the past four years AFCM audiences have enjoyed memorable performances at our Families' Concerts and this year is no different! Brundibár is a short children’s opera about hope and justice first performed in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. It brings together star AFCM performers and local young singers, directed by Townsville's own Madonna Davies. This concert is not to be missed.
Become a Student Member for $30!
Studying full time or part time? Become an AFCM Student Member and receive a host of benefits including two free tickets to a concert of your choice at the Townsville Civic Theatre – that’s already valued at up to $160! The AFCM is a chance to see and hear just what the finest chamber music-making is all about and by becoming a member you will be supporting the Festival at the same time. To join online for just $30 click below.
Support a Festival Artist
in 2017
Artist Supporters enjoy an added dimension to their AFCM experience. You have the opportunity to support an Australian or overseas based artists and it’s a great way to get closer to the festival musicians. You will have the opportunity to meet your artist at an exclusive reception during the festival. Donations are tax deductible.
For more information contact Justin Ankus on 4771 4144 or



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