27/07 — 05/08/2018
July E-newsletter
Three weeks and counting
With 21 days until opening night we are well and truly in Festival count down. 
We have …
  • 35 plus musicians from around Australia and the world travelling a combined total of 308,065 kilometres to get to Townsville
  • 110 pieces of music, rehearsed in various ensembles and presented at 32 events over 10 days
  • 19 students from around Australia participating in this year’s Advanced Winterschool program that runs concurrently with the Festival
  • 55 plus volunteers ready to drive, usher, assist artists, patrons and more!
  • 13 cellos (including our Winterschool students)
  • 8 pianos from Sydney
And countless memories that will be created.
If you haven’t got your tickets it’s not too late, whilst two events have sold out, others are selling fast so dont miss out and book today.  Don't forget we have extra capacity now at Concert Conversations but these won't last long. 
We can't wait to see you very soon.
Kind regards,
The AFCM Team.  
P.S Bus timetables are being finalised and will be out soon and published in the next e-news. Festival Forecourt meals are almost sold out so if you are interested in pre-purchasing dinner between the sunset and evening series, please do so today
Image: Townsville Sunset Courtesy of JLT Photography 
My Picks
Sue Hackett - Philanthropy Manager
The AFCM program has such breadth and depth that I have a ritual ‘three pass’ process when it lands.
The first quick flick through the brochure picks up exciting new artists, unfamiliar works and a glance at favourites like the Bach programs.
I slow down for the second pass to take in more of the kaleidoscope of artists and works on offer, and the third is a thorough reading of the whole thing with pen in hand and much underlining and ticking.
This year Kathy Stott’s inaugural program jumped out with its focus on women composers and my first pick is the Gypsies, Pipers and Dukes Evening Series because the composer Roxanna Panufnik was a wonderful AFCM discovery for me so mixed in with Bartók, Enescu, Grainger, bagpipes, trumpet, strings and piano that’s got to be a must.
Concert Conversations, hurray more seats!, can provide some of the most electric performances and from the very first one with the scarily agile clarinet player Julian Bliss performing
Mozart to the last one with the Goldner String Quartet performing Borodin they are perfect festival fare - mornings of good chat and great music.
Pick an artist, pick a composer, pick a time of day as your way in and AFCM delivers. Can’t wait!
Chamber Chat
Tine Thing Helselth (Norway) 
We are pleased to welcome to Australia for the very first time, Tine Thing Helseth who has been in high demand since her debut 12 years ago. 
Q. What are you most looking forward to at AFCM 2018? So many things! Visiting Australia for the first time! Playing with new artists, and Kathy - my dear friend! My husband and and I are coming straight from our Honeymoon - so a little bit of a continuation of that! :) 
Q. This is your first trip to Australia – what are you most looking forward to? Just to experience it all. It’s always exciting to go to a new place!  
Q. If you had to pick one work to introduce someone to the wonders of classical music, what would it be? OMG - that’s so hard!! Maybe some Grieg? I’m from Norway. Morning Mood from Peer Gynt is very describing for the Norwegian nature! At least thats how we Norwegians feel…. The piece describes the rising of the sun during act 4, scene 4, of Ibsen's play, which finds Peer Gynt stranded in the Moroccan desert after his companions took his yacht and abandoned him there while he slept. The scene begins with the following description: "Dawn. Acacias and palm trees. Peer is sitting in his tree using a wrenched-off branch to defend himself against a group of monkeys.".
Q. What is your fondest musical memory? as a kid listening to my mum and dad rehearsing and performing with their local amateur Wind Band. It’s because of them I play! 
Q. Where is the most unusual place you’ve performed? Actually quite a lot of places! But I’m guessing at almost 3000 meters altitude in the Dolomites might be among the most unusual venues….! .  
The Johann Sebastian Bach Journey
13 - 19 May 2019
Journey to the places where Bach lived and worked – an experience as near to pilgrimage as is offered by the history of music. Hear his music in buildings he frequented, or where it was first performed.
Through ten private concerts by world-class musicians & through expert talks, we hope to unlock a deeper appreciation of these often transcendent works. Based in Eisenach, Weimar and Leipzig, practicalities are all taken care of seamlessly and unobtrusively.
Martin Randall Festivals are unique in the world, bringing music back to its original or connate architectural settings. 
Call 1300 55 95 95  
Junior Winterschool
Closing Date extended to 18 July
Junior Winterschool applications now close Friday 13 July.
This two-day intensive workshop will give local students access to the teaching skills of international musician, composer and teacher Pavel Fischer. Mr Fischer is a visiting Professor at the Royal Academy in London and violin tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
 He gives regular masterclasses at the Quartet Academy in Amsterdam and this will be his first visit to Australia where he will also be performing at concerts throughout the AFCM.  This is a rare opportunity for young musicians in North Queensland to learn from an international pedagogue.   Please contact our office to discuss potential applications.
AFCM Busking
Returning again this year, the AFCM Busking Competition will take place along The Strand at 4pm on Thursday 2nd August.
Young orchestral musicians are invited to enter. It is a fabulous opportunity to perform in front of Festival artists and earn great cash prizes.
The competition is open to musicians 25 years and younger on any unamplified orchestral instrument. Soloists and ensembles are welcome to apply. Only 20 places available.
Tyalgum Music Festival 2018
Enjoy a weekend getaway of stunning chamber music in the northern NSW Tweed Valley caldera.
The Tyalgum Music Festival 2018 presents Australia's leading musicians in beautiful indoor and outdoor surrounds from 7-9 September.
Visit tyalgum festival for more details. Close to Brisbane, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. Gold Passes available at a 20% discount until 15 July.
Medici Concerts
Don’t miss Jayson Gillham’s recital Baroque Splendour to Romantic Masterpieces. The concert program includes four glorious Bach transcriptions including Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Chopin’s magnificent Sonata No.3, Medtner’s heavenly Angel, sensational Wagner/Liszt operatic transcriptions from Tannhauser and Tristan and Isolde and exquisite Debussy, Masques, D’un cahier d’esquisses and L’isle joyeuse. Sunday 15 July 3PM at Concert Hall, QPAC


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