The 2017 Festival was a big year - musically, socially and emotionally with Piers passing the baton to his successor, Kathryn Stott, on closing night. The Festival presented an amazing mix of unique performances and events alongside perfect North Queensland weather, something the festival is renowned for!
We would like to thank all our partners, donors, members, artists, volunteers and collaborators! Without your support, the festival would not be possible and we sincerely thank you for everything you do. We also want to thank the people that make up our audiences every night! We had another great group of Gold Pass Holders, Silver Pass Holders and Holiday Package customers that came from across Australia and New Zealand which is fantastic. Many of you come back year after year so to our loyal fans, another BIG THANK YOU.
We are very keen to capture your feedback about the 2017 Festival, as it helps guide our planning for next year, and importantly the results help support our funding applications and generate sponsorship. Even if you have completed the survey in previous years, we welcome your feedback about this year's festival. Our annual survey will be sent out via email this Friday and we ask you to please take the time to complete it.
The dates for next year's Festival are Friday 27 July - Saturday 4 August 2018 and if you are keen to join us again, please make sure you book your accommodation early as July/August is Townsville's high season.
The AFCM Team.
Image above: Festival Farewell 2017 by Michael Fellows
What people are talking about...
"Czech cellist Jiří Bárta, a real aristocrat of his instrument, responded with passion and flair, his tone rich and full. The leaner, silvery tone of Italian violinist Francesca Dego made a welcome contrast, the three artists moving sensitively and seamlessly as one over the full span of this single-movement work. Stott found room for some beautifully meditative moments in the gentler, ruminative central section, her playing featuring some ravishing pianissimos despite Rachmaninov's additional demand for his typical brand of manual dexterity. Her companions raged and sighed on cue in a really distinguished performance, capped by Stott's leaden tolling of the funeral bells that ring out in the sombre finale" - Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine.
"While the audience may have still been reeling from this performance, the musicians didn’t show an ounce of fatigue when they returned only a couple of hours later to deliver a sterling rendition of Schumann’s Op. 44 Piano Quintet. Here joined by another young Australian star, Jayson Gillham, they matched the pianist’s crisp attacks with biting entries of their own in yet another high-energy outing that more than justified their place at the table" - Angus McPherson, Limelight Magazine.
"The music so far has been sublime. Loved opening night - such a breadth of amazing music. The Debussy today had me crying with joy" - Leanda Kayess.
"Thank you for a wonderful Festival. The music and the artists were superb and I will have very happy memories of this very special time in Townsville" - Jill Anwyl.
Images below: 1 - Francesca Dego, Jiří Bárta and Piers Lane on Opening Night by Andrew Rankin; 2 - Piers Lane at Currajong House Garden Party by Jacqui Ferry; 3 - Nexas Quartet on Orpheus Island by Jacqui Ferry.