27/07 — 04/08/2017
September E-newsletter
Spring has Sprung and New Beginnings Abound
Whilst most are basking in the wonders of the 2017 Festival, we here at Headquarters are working tirelessly to finalise it all as well as plan the new festival. Kathryn Stott’s incredible programme is almost finalised and our Artistic Administrator, Rebecca is busy engaging artists and working on next year already!
We have also commenced working on the development of young artists and call for any local students who are entering year 11 in 2018 to apply for the Theodore Kuchar Scholarship. The $4,000 scholarship supports the ongoing tuition and professional development of a young Townsville based music student.
Last year’s winner, Elena, said the scholarship had gone a long way in helping her achieve her dreams as a violinist. If you know of any local students, let them know about this fabulous scholarship before applications close on 13 October.
Remember to put next year’s dates in the diary 27 July – 4 August 2018!
Warm regards,  
Photo Andrew Rankin
A message from Kathryn Stott
Dear Music Lovers
I just want to briefly touch base with you and take this opportunity to say that the AFCM team and myself are already working extremely hard to fine tune the program which I’ve created for the Festival in 2018. We’re very excited about it! Over the coming months and right up to the Festival launch in early March, I will be bringing you news about my travels and concerts but most importantly, information to whet your appetites for what’s in store. What I’m going to tell you right now, is that there is a festival theme: CONNECTIONS! I will share a longer note with you in a couple of weeks and explain more about what that means and why its given me the most fantastic springboard for what we’re all going to share next year. 
Konstantin Shamray
Exclusive National Ticket Offer 
Join us for the Sydney International Piano Competition’s 40th Anniversary celebrations in 2017 with an electrifying national recital tour by Russian pianist, Konstantin Shamray. Konstantin is the first and only competitor in the 40 years of the Competition to win both the First and People’s Choice Prizes, in addition to six other prizes. He will perform in Brisbane on Saturday 7 October, Sydney on Sunday 8 October, Melbourne on Tuesday 10 October and Perth on Wednesday 11 October, with program highlights including Mozart, Chopin, Bartók and Tchaikovsky. Book Now for an exclusive 10% discount on full priced tickets using the code ‘offer’ on payment. Booking fee of 30 cents applies 
Competition Winners 
Chamber Music NZ & Festival Survey
Winners of the holiday package through Chamber Music New Zealand, Chris and John enjoyed their first experience at the Festival and sent a lovely note through to us describing their experience:
When John and I arrived in Townsville and booked into the Grand Chancellor, it was a lovely sunny day. I thoroughly enjoyed the concerts, and even met up with other New Zealanders there. My musical horizons have now been expanded but I also enjoyed the more traditional music I heard.
We also enjoyed Townsville itself and its many Heritage buildings. Once the festival was over we travelled to Cairns, spending 5 days there and visiting the Daintree Forest via the Kuranda Scenic Railway and the SkyRail cable-car. Thank you for making the time we spent in Townsville possible and who knows, one day I may get to enjoy the festival once more.  
Huge congratulations to our 2017 Festival Survey Winner - Townsville resident Christine Ross for winning the $500 prize. Christine has attended the past six Festivals and previously been a long-term member. Christine couldn't believe her luck and looks forward to putting her winnings towards seeing concerts next year!
Survey Results
Feedback from you!
Firstly, a big thankyou to everyone who completed our annual Festival survey. The information helps us identify areas for improvement and importantly feeds into an economic and cultural impact report, which supports our funding applications. Here is a snapshot of findings from the Survey:
97% of you were satisfied with your Festival experience.  
96% would recommend the Festival to others 
91% felt the Festival provided good value for money, and  
87% of you plan to return in the future
Two-thirds of you are female and 63% are visitors to Townsville.
The things you liked most about this year’s Festival were the high quality of the music and artists, along with the variety of performances; many of you were also very fond of Concert Conversations.
The main areas you suggested we work on included: improving the catering at the Civic Theatre, providing more seating for meals; reviewing Concert Crawl and transport; and providing more information about the Festival earlier.
Goldner String Quartet
On Saturday 11th of November the AFCM's Quartet in the Residence, the Goldner String Quartet are performing in the beautiful Salon of the Melbourne Recital Centre. ‘Music of the Spheres’ will be performed in the round; an incredible experience for the audience to have such access. Along with Beethoven, Schubert, the Goldners will also perform Celebration by another AFCM artist Matthew Hindson, which was world premiered to great success at this year's AFCM.
QSO play Sibelius
Join QSO in Townsville on 4 October for an evening of classical favourites.
Under the baton of Toby Thatcher QSO will indulge audiences with Dvorak's splendidly vibrant Carnival Overature, alongside one of Sibelius' most popular works, Symphony No.2. Esteemed Violinist Kristian Winther will light up the stage with Mendelsshon's beloved and joyful Violin Concerto in E Minor. Tickets available from Ticketshop.

Diving for Pearls
Griffin Theatre
Katherine Thomson’s story about aspiration and reinvention is one of the great Australian plays. Set in Wollongong during the economic rationalism of the late ‘80s, Diving for Pearls remains startlingly relevant—the political decisions of that time planted the seeds of divide we continue to witness between those with opportunity, and those without. Season Starts 15 September and closes 28 October 2018

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