Here in Townsville, we’ve experienced the first decent rain that we have seen in months (or almost all year), which is very strange for October in the Tropics!
Whilst we listen to the rain falling from unusual grey skies, we’re also busy planning our membership drive, contracting our new artists and locking in their itineraries! It's all "go, go, go" in the AFCM Office.
We're excited to announce the 2018 launch & recital with Kathryn Stott has been confirmed for Tuesday 6th March in Townsville. This will be followed by a Sydney reception on Wednesday 7th March. Melbourne and Perth don't miss out with functions planned for May 2018.
Tickets will also be on sale for Festival members on Wednesday 7th March, so make sure your membership details are up to date.
We hope you all recieved the fantastic video and letter from Kathryn Stott, sent earlier this month, if not - be sure to check it out here
The AFCM Team.
Since my last message, the leaves are changing colour, the heating is on, jumpers are at the ready and our new musical season is very much underway.
I have now made a few visits to Oslo where I teach young talented pianists at the Norwegian Academy. Oslo is a city I have been going to for many years and is part of my long association performing with wonderful Norwegian musicians. Recently, I’ve been in Holland and performed with Henning Kraggerud who has just returned from a tour with the ACO in Australia. As part of our programme, it was particularly exciting to perform his own compositions. This reminds me that in AFCM 2018, we will have three incredible musicians, all bringing their own music into the mix of seventy composers. I can’t wait for you to hear them!
As you read this, I will be concluding my tour to South Korea, Japan and Taiwan with Yo-Yo Ma. It’s amazing that in thirty-three years of performing together, we have never played the Prokofiev Sonata before, so a new exploration has been fascinating. Besides working together as a duo, we have often collaborated with many other musicians. One in particular made such a deep impact on me that I immediately thought they must come to AFCM. So, I’m really thrilled to share with you that we will have one member of the Silk Road Ensemble join us for the duration of the festival. The CONNECTIONS continue!
Rike Wolf - Local Townsville Musician talks about her AFCM Experience
Performing in this year’s Families Concert Bundibar, Townsville-based cellist Rike Wolf had the opportunity of a life time. We recently caught up with Rike to discuss her AFCM experience.
What was it like performing with world leading classical musicians?
It was an incredible experience playing alongside such talented internationally renowned musicians. Having studied Cello in Germany it was all the more special to connect with musicians from Europe such as Jack Liebeck and Francesca Dego, bringing me back to the roots of my musical career.
What was your fondest memory from this year’s AFCM?
The Brundibar performance itself, sharing with the public what can be accomplished with only two rehearsals and a cast of highly skilled, talented musicians in collaboration with talented local youth.
What did you gain personally from this experience?
It was truly heart-warming and inspiring to share everyone's passion and dedication while rehearsing and performing. Each and every one excelled at delivering their part, merging and moving through the music perfectly together.
For any locals who haven’t attended AFCM how would you describe it?
AFCM is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself into the vast, incredibly intricate and exceptionally skilful world and facets of classical music. I found the repertoire presented as exceptional as the musicians presenting it. I encourage everyone to explore the many musical flavours, musical architecture, depth and historical significance of classical compositions AFCM has to offer.