28/07 — 05/08/2017
June E-newsletter
The countdown is on!
With just over a month to go the AFCM team are moving full steam ahead! Our volunteers have been recruited, the artists schedule is being finalised and music is coming from all over the place! Some concerts have already sold out, however there are still very good seats available for our most popular concerts including Opening Night, Governor's Gala, Concert Crawl, Bach by Candlelight and the Currajong House Garden Party. While we are getting ready to welcome artists and visitors to Townsville be sure to get your festival tickets by calling the TicketShop on 1800 44 77 99 or visit
Warm regards,
The AFCM Team. 
Image: The Rockpool courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

Last chance to book a Holiday Package!
If you’ve been deliberating whether to come to this year’s Festival, were concerned you couldn’t stay for long or were worried there weren’t any good seats left… then a Festival Holiday Package is the perfect solution! Our exclusive packages include 3 nights away (although you can extend) and reserved seating at 3 popular concerts – so although some are sold out, they’re not if you buy a holiday package! Choose from an Opening Weekend, Closing Weekend or mid-week Sunset Spectacular package. Priced from $364pp. Available until 30 June. 
Chamber Chat 
Francesca Dego (violin, Italy)
This year we welcome Francesca Dego to AFCM and Australia for the first time. She is excited about seeing ‘gorgeous, enormous, colourful and diverse landscapes full of kangaroos and koalas!’. Francesca has been described as one of the most sought after young violinists on the international scene.
Q. What was your big, breakthrough moment? My answer has to be Paganini, although I realise that's not a moment. In 2008 I became the youngest finalist and first female prize winner at the Paganini competition in over 60 years, it definitely changed my life. A few years later, in 2012, I was signed by Deutsche Grammophon and recorded the 24 Paganini Caprices, so this is definitely a composer I owe a lot to!
Q. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally? Quite a few actually, one has to be the fourth act of La Bohème, when Mimí sings "Ho tante cose che ti voglio dire, o una sola, ma grande come il mare, come il mare profonda ed infinita... Sei il mio amore e tutta la mia vita!" and you feel all the tragedy of her imminent death. She is saying "there are so many things I would like to tell you, but maybe it's just one, as deep and infinite as the sea... you are my love, and all of my life's meaning". Puccini really knows how to get you, and how he opens up the harmony and makes the violins soar in that passage would move a stone to tears I think!  
You can see Francesca perform at Opening Night, Governor's Gala and Festival Farewell! To find out more click below. 
My Picks
With William Jeffery, AFCM Marketing Intern
Each week, and on my one day off from my day jobs with Limelight Magazine and Arts Initiative Australia, I have the great opportunity of interning with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. It’s really exciting to be involved in all of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into running one of the best festivals in this country.
I’ve been addicted to John Adams’ music ever since I heard John’s Book of Alleged Dances performed by the ACO in 2014. While the larger ensemble gave the work more oomph, it’s going to be very exciting to hear Orli Shaham perform the prepared piano part live with the Goldner String Quartet in the final of Piers’ Concert Conversations.
As this year’s Composer-In-Residence, Matthew Hindson has several works being performed throughout the festival. The world premiere of his fifth string quartet will be given at the James Cook University Opening Night Concert, but I think it will be most interesting to hear the composer in conversation with Piers later in the week, where we’ll also be treated to a performance of the note-mashing AK47 courtesy of pianist Jayson Gillham.
And as I’ve so far missed all other chances of seeing him perform in Australia, I’m looking forward to finally hearing Mahan Esfahani perform in Townsville – as soloist in Ligeti’s Continuum and as part of an ensemble in de Falla’s Harpsichord Concerto.
For more information about the 2017 Program and Artists please click below. You can also book tickets online at or phone 1800 44 99 77.
Townsville's Jezzine Barracks
Take an hour or two to wander the outdoor gallery at the Jezzine Barracks. The recently renovated parklands has been decked out with a scenic coastal boardwalk, an ethno-botanical trail, and over 30 specially commissioned art installations commemorating the military and Aboriginal heritage of the site. 
Currajong House
An exciting new event!
Step back in time and enjoy a glorious afternoon garden party with a special performance by AFCM musicians performing Beethoven’s beautiful Septet. Play traditional lawn games and feast on an English-inspired afternoon tea. Guaranteed to be a pleasant afternoon of music, sunshine and fun! $132 per person. Saturday 29 July, 2:30pm, Townsville Heritage Centre. 
Festival for
We know a number of you have been to the Festival many times before but for those of you who haven't we have heaps of information on our website that can help you. Our Festival for First Timers page explains what Chamber Music is and importantly when to clap! If you are having trouble deciding which concert to attend the 5pm Ray Golding Sunset Series of concerts are a great starting point. They are 60-minutes long with no interval and have a range of chamber music styles and ensembles (groups of instruments playing together). 
Apply for the Young String Ensemble Workshop
Do you play a string instrument? Are you in high school? The Young String Ensemble Workshop is for you! Attend a weekend of professional workshops with Winterschool Director and cellist Gwyn Roberts from Brisbane. Participants get to perform in front of friends, family and festival audience members at the Young String Ensemble Workshop Performance and receive two complimentary tickets to a festival concert of their choice! Applications close 19 July.
Under 30
for $30
Whether you’re a student or under 30 years of age, the AFCM is keen for you to attend the festival and experience the magic of the music. Take advantage of our 'Under 30 for $30' ticket offer and save up to $51! There's 10 concerts at Townsville Civic Theatre to choose from including Opening Night, Governor's Gala, Bach by Candlelight and Festival Farewell but be quick before concerts sell out. Or why not become a student member for just $30 a year and receive a host of benefits including free tickets to any concert at the Townsville Civic Theatre.   
Bach by Candlelight 
Enjoy not one, but two consecutive concerts consisting purely of Bach's magnificent music, including the Goldberg Variations featuring Mahan Esfahani and James Crab, Lute Suite BWV996 performed by Alice Giles and Brandenburg Concerto No.2 featuring a number of amazing festival artists. These Bach by Candlelight concerts are among our most popular and are sure to sell out. 
Medici Concerts presents
Imogen Cooper 
See sensational English pianist Imogen Cooper in concert for Medici Concerts 13 August at QPAC. She is regarded as one of the world’s finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire especially the music of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. Click below for a special ticket offer or for your chance to win a double pass to Imogen Cooper’s recital as well as bonus tickets to Behzod Abduraimov concert June 30, email contact details with Competition AFCM as the subject line to by 23 June.  
Watpac Townsville 400 starts this July
North Queensland will heat up when the Supercars return for the Watpac Townsville 400, 7 – 9 July 2017.
There is something for the whole family; the on-track action, Saturday night concert, Family Zone, Supercars Paddock and so much more. Kids 12 and under go trackside free with a paying adult.   


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