28/07 — 05/08/2017
July E-newsletter
The Festival is on this month!
In three weeks, we have international and national artists flying in to Townsville to begin rehearsals for the 2017 Australian Festival of Chamber Music. They will experience amazing North Queensland winter weather and prepare to present 9 days of exclusive and stellar performances! 
In this month's E-note we have a link to our 2017 bus timetables, we announce the musicians teaching at our Advanced Public Masterclasses and we remind you that applications for our Busking Competition and Young Winterschool Programs close on Wednesday 19 July.
There are still tickets available for our most popular concerts including Opening Night, Concert Crawl and Bach by Candlelight so make sure you call the TicketShop on 1800 44 99 77 or visit to book. We also have a special NEW EVENT, the AFCM After Party, on Magnetic Island the Sunday after the Festival and we'd love you to join us to celebrate! You can purchase tickets online here.  
Warm regards,
The AFCM Team. 
Image: The Strand courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

Chamber Chat 
Jiří Bárta (cello, Czech Republic)
Described as one of the foremost cellists of his generation, Jiří Bárta returns to AFCM after more than a decade since his last visit to Townsville. Amongst many discs, he released the Dvorak Cello concerto with the Czech Philharmonic to commemorate Dvorak’s 100th anniversary. Jiří is looking forward to returning to North Queensland soon.
Q. What were the highlights from your last AFCM and what are you most looking forward to in 2017? It was the final Mendelssohn Octet Op.20. This was one of those moments, when everything fits and it was music making at its finest with those of us who were on stage that night. From the point of view of a Central European tourist, it was a leisurely day spent on Magnetic Island which I am very much looking forward to returning to.
Q. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally? There are a few, some of Janáček piano pieces never fail to move me or it can be Radiohead or Thom York's voice in some of their full of despair songs as well.
Q. What is one of your fondest musical memories? Boris Pergamenschikow rehearsing Janacek (see, again him) Pohadka with Pavel Gililov back in 1987. There were more, but this was very special.
Q. In the movie of your life, who plays you? I identify with the main character from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in The Rye (as most young boys did). If that’s the right answer?  
Jiří will be performing in Beethoven's Septet at the Currajong House Garden Party on Saturday 29 July as well as Prelude to the Afternoon... at Mary MacKillop Church, Opening Night, Festival Farewell, Evening Series - German Romantics, Evening Series - From Russia with Love and the Ray Golding Sunset Series - Oh là là
Tickets still available!
My Picks
Major Glenn Rogers, 1RAR Band
AFCM offers a tantalising array of music performances not found anywhere else in Australia - oh how fortunate we are here in Townsville. Unfortunately, there are only so many hours in the day and competing priorities demand judicious selection and meticulous planning to ensure our musical appetite is satisfied.
Of course, as Music Director of the Band of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, I have to say the Queens Garden Concert is a delightful way to spend a sunny afternoon amidst the majestic trees and foliage of Queens Garden and being entertained by a cross section of musicians doing what they do best. 1RAR Band offers that point of difference with its upbeat repertoire that features some of our sensational musicians.
I get to spend lots of time with the saxophone players in 1RAR Band so it will be an excellent opportunity to get a different perspective on saxophone playing when I listen to Nexus Quartet; a professional Australian saxophone quartet. Although it will be different repertoire to what we perform, the calibre of their musicianship will make for a fascinating performance. The Ray Golding Sunset Series - Oh là là at 5pm on Monday 31 July has a Claude Bolling piece on the program. Over the years I have performed several of his arrangements and I enjoy his style of writing. Again, an interesting combination of cello and jazz piano trio; certainly one that I'm eager to hear. As a trumpet player myself and having spent much of my time in Melbourne, I'm very familiar with the work of Tristram Williams on trumpet. I will be very excited to hear his performance on Wednesday 2 August - Bach by Candlelight 2.
I'm looking forward to a great week of world class music performances and would encourage everyone to book your seats early so you don't miss out - I will be.
To book call TicketShop on 1800 44 99 77.
Get me to the church on time!
Sunday 30 July, 11am
This year’s Sunday morning concert Prelude to the Afternoon… presents a wonderful mix of French music and German Romanticism. The concert in Mary MacKillop Church beings with superstar harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani performing alongside two other international stars, Jack Liebeck (violin) and Jiří Bárta (cello); and concludes with our Quartet-in-Residence, the Goldner String Quartet, performing a moving piece from Brahms. A spectacular way to spend your Sunday morning. Tickets still available. 
AFCM Busking Competition
Applications close 19 July
Do you play an orchestral instrument? Are you under the age of 25? The Australian Festival of Chamber Music Busking Competition is for you. To be held on Wednesday 2 August from 4pm on the Strand. This is your chance to perform in front of international Festival artists, who will judge the competition.
There are cash prizes for the Best Performance and Most creative performance. Registrations close 19 July 2017. 
AFCM Public Masterclasses
We are excited to announce the artists taking the 2017 Advanced Public Masterclasses at St James' Cathedral at 1pm.
31/07 Orli Shaham (piano)
2/08 Martin Owen (horn)
3/08 Jiří Bárta (cello)
This is your chance to talent spot while acclaimed national and international Festival Artists coach emerging musicians in hour-long public masterclasses. These are FREE events!
Young Winterschool Programs
Applications close on Wednesday 19 July for this year's Young Winterschool Programs including the Young String Ensemble Workshop and the Young Piano Duo Workshop. High School students are welcome to apply. You will experience a weekend of professional workshops from 29-30 July by Winterschool Directors Gwyn Roberts (cello) and Jenni Flemming (piano) from Brisbane.  
Bus Timetable Information
The Townsville City Council Civic Theatre Festival Bus timetable and the 2017 Gold Pass Bus timetable are now available to download online and print.
Gold Pass holders who have purchased a bus pass travel free upon the Gold Pass bus.
The Townsville City Council Civic Theatre bus service costs $5 each way and patrons can purchase tickets from the driver.  
Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition 
Extend your musical experience with our SPECIAL OFFER for AFCM ticketholders. $65 includes entry to ALL sessions over 5 days as well as 2 Gala Vocal & Instrumental Concerts. Following the Concerts celebrate with us and mingle with finalists and adjudicators over a glass of champagne. 21-25 July, Townsville. Tickets available at TicketShop.   
Discount for Tyalgum Music Festival this September  
The picturesque heart of the Caldera in the northern NSW Tweed Valley forms the backdrop for Tyalgum Music Festival’s stunning line-up of chamber music concerts and outdoor musical events. An inspiring weekend with Australia's top musicians coming together to perform in beautiful surrounds from 8-10 September. Close to Brisbane, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. Gold Passes available at a 20% discount until 15 July.  
Franck Sonata with Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Get seduced with this mélange of favourites and hidden gems. Associate Concertmaster Alan Smith begins with the tenderness of Franck’s Violin Sonata. Villa-Lobos’ intriguing Bachianas Brasileiras No.6 paints a vivid portrait of a Brazilian serenade between flute and bassoon. To conclude, Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro flaunts the harp. Sunday 16 July, 3pm at Studio 420 Southbank.   


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