I hope you don’t have the post-Festival blues like we do! We find it hard to believe that it’s all over now. But what a great event it was this year! Piers Lane certainly didn’t hold back and delivered us a magnificent program of new and old, rare and modern. And as has become synonymous with this Festival, the quality and mix of artists coupled with their genuine warmth and happiness at being in Townsville was a stand out.
So, as we complete the wrap-up for our 27th Festival, we also look ahead to the 2018 event and we are very excited to say that incoming Artistic Director Kathryn Stott has an incredible line-up planned. Next year’s Festival dates are Friday 27th July to Saturday 4th August 2018, so pop it in your diaries now. We will notify you shortly when tickets will go on sale.
In the meantime, we share with you the whereabouts of some of this year’s visiting artists, some great photos (stay tuned for more in our next e-newsletter) and other musical events happening around the country that you might be interested in.
The AFCM Team.
Photo above by Andrew Rankin.
Where are they now?
We caught up with a few of our 2017 artists to see where they went following this year’s successful AFCM...
GENEVIEVE LACEY (Australia) Went back to work as Artistic Director of FutureMakers, and to her role as Chair of the Australian Music Centre. She also managed to run the Sydney City to Surf! Genevieve is now happily home in Melbourne, preparing concertos for a season with Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, followed immediately by a trip to Beijing to work on a large-scale collaborative work for a premiere next year.
FRANCESCA DEGO (Italy) Went back to Italy for a concert in Viareggio and then one in Rome and is now touring China with her pianist Francesca Leonardi. She has concerts coming up in Tianjin, Herbin, Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing and Shanghai.
FRANCIS GOUTON (France) Is having a well-deserved holiday in the Scottish Highlands enjoying time with his family, fish and chips, and whiskey. He is then off to play and teach in Taggia in Italy in September.
HENK NEVEN (Netherlands) Went off on a holiday with his family to the Alpes in France. He soon enters the studio to record his 4th CD for Onyx with Russian songs for baritone, cello and piano.
MARTIN OWEN (UK) On return to London, he went straight into rehearsals for the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, including the full version of Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune in the first concert. He said it was very emotional to play this piece again a few weeks after the AFCM performance, and it brought back many happy memories. He will then perform at Nick Daniel's Leicester International Chamber Music Festival.
POUL HØXBRO (Denmark) Returned home to Denmark to tour with a program he created with Lars Ulrik Mortensen and the Danish baroque orchestra "Concerto Copenhagen". Combining chosen texts on different national characteristics written by the great author and play write, Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754), during his travels in the early 18th century with music from the very same countries he visited.
Photos below by Andrew Rankin, image of Poul Hoxbro supplied.
Festival Highlights from the Goldner String Quartet (Australia)
We loved playing two great piano quintets - one with Piers and one with Kathy. Discovering the delights of Orli Shaham’s prepared piano and squeaky toys in John Adams' John’s Book of Alleged Dances was also a highlight, as was premiering a terrific new quartet written for us by Matthew Hindson. We loved the great photo of the final seconds - so full of energy. Finding yet another good piano trio for Dimity and Julian’s collection in the Hindson trio was yet another feature, and whilst we missed the trip to Orpheus and the whales, we managed to relax on Magnetic for the day off - boy did we need that! Still, despite the (very) hard work, August would not be the same without the trip up north.
Photo below by Andrew Rankin.