27/07 — 05/08/2018
July E-newsletter
Counting down until Lift Off!
Dear ,
Now is the time to book tickets, if you haven’t already done so. There are still good seats available in all of the concerts in the Civic Theatre and for all six Concert Conversations at The Ville. Two special events have sold out, the Orpheus Island Concert and the After Party on Magnetic Island, but all others are still on sale including Families’ Concert, the Winterschool Advanced Masterclass and Cleveland Bay Supper Club. Don’t forget the Festival Four concert package is a good option and saves you up to $46. You can purchase tickets to concerts online and select your own seats; or you can call TicketShop on 1800 44 99 77 or visit the Townsville Civic Theatre in person.
We are expecting a great crowd at the Free Concert in Queens Gardens on Sunday 29 July. Please note that gates will not open until 1.30pm, with the concert commencing at 3pm, and finishing at approximately 4.45pm.
The bus timetable has been finalised and is available here.  It has also been emailed to our gold & platinum pass holders who have purchased bus passes and will be also be available at hotels and on the festival information desk at each concert.
We look forward to seeing you VERY soon.
Warm Regards, 
The AFCM Team. 

AFCM has a proud history of supporting the development of young emerging musicians in Australia.
Through our Advanced Winterschool program young musicians receive top-level tuition from our artists via a series of private, public and group masterclass sessions held concurrently during festival.
You are invited to attend our free public masterclasses held at St James’ Cathedral during the festival. You can also support our students by attending their Advanced Winterschool Concert on Friday 3rd of August also at St James’ Cathedral. Also in an exciting first for AFCM you may see some of our students making a guest appearance in one of our festival concerts. Stay tuned for more details ….
On behalf of our Winterschool Director, Pavel Fischer we are proud to welcome the following ensembles to our Winterschool in 2018 - A.S.H Trio, Quintet Vivo, Evo Piano Trio, Salizzo Freisburg Duo, Ensemble Contineo and the Stanley Street Quartet.
A.S.H. Trio formed in late 2017 in pursuit of the same goals, namely; to be able to share and expand their music and style to a wider audience range. During their time together, they have been under the tutelage of Prof. Goetz Richter, Georg Pederson and Dr. Natalia Andreeva.
Quintet Vivo is the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s leading student wind quintet. Most recently, Quintet Vivo was awarded the $30,000 Henderson Travellers Scholarship, enabling their tour to Europe in November 2018.
Evo piano trio are all first-year students from the Queensland Conservatorium. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the Evo trio are looking forward to playing performances together later this year. They have been mentored by highly esteemed musicians such as Mark Griffiths and Simon Cobcroft.
Salizzo Freisburg Duo study at the University of Queensland (UQ) Music School and received chamber tutelage from the faculty members such as Anna Grinberg and Patrick Murphy. The goal of the ensemble is to delve into the repertoire for keyboard and Cello whilst developing a homogenous sound.
Ensemble Contineo formed in 2017, and as a group are focused on the interpretation of new and old works alike, through performance, analysis and experimentation. The trio are an undergraduate ensemble at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and aspire to continue as an ensemble into their postgraduate and professional careers.
The Stanley Street Quartet comprise of students from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. In our short time as an ensemble they have prepared two quartets in great detail, as well as participating in multiple coaching sessions with Michele Walsh and Meta Weiss. All four members have participated in multiple Australian Youth Orchestra Programs, as well as the ACO Academy program in 2016.
Jordana Hobday  
Pimlico High school Work experience 
From a young age I’ve always loved music. I started playing violin at age nine and I’ve loved every painful minute of it. AFCM showcases musicians from around the world who shows us that it’s worth the pain to give something dazzling to the world. Each AFCM concert I’ve been to has left me speechless and covered in goosebumps, always wanting more. Which is why I was so excited to be placed at the AFCM office for work experience this year, I get to see this festival come to life. Other young people these days are only interested in the “relatable” lyrics from pop songs, but classical and romantic music convey so much more. Without even using words, composers from those eras can paint such beautiful and horrifying pictures. Its inspiring, even more so when our home-grown musicians help paint these wonderful pictures for us. From our young violinist to our long-standing string quartet; our “sorceress of percussion” and piano mastermind. These concerts are being aimed at the younger age groups, as we need to educate and inspire the next generation of artists to keep this musical cycle going. The only way to become a better musician is to take in what others have to offer and apply it to how you play. Saying that music is amazing is an understatement; it’s life changing, it’s inspiring, and can make a world of difference.
Chamber Chat
Karin Schaupp
Q. What are you most looking forward to at AFCM 2018? I am very excited to be premiering a number of new works- a new version of Lena Frank’s Ritmos and a completely new work by Connor D'Netto which was written for Claire Edwardes and I, and also I am really looking forward to the Queen’s Gardens Concert where I am playing with the wonderful Townsville Guitar Orchestra!
Q. Is there a song that never fails to move you emotionally?  I think being moved emotionally is really central to playing (and listening).  I make it my job to hopefully find meaning and emotion in every piece I play.
Q. What is your greatest concert experience?Concerto with the London Philharmonic in Royal Festival Hall.
Q. What is your fondest musical memory?  Playing duets with my mother when I was five and just learning to play.
Q. What was the last piece of music you danced to?   Honestly, probably one of the Pirate songs from Peter Pan junior. My daughter is in her primary school musical and I’ve been helping out which is huge fun.  We do a lot of dancing at home :-) 
Meet our new ED
Gavin Findlay
As more than thirty-five of the world’s finest chamber musicians prepare to travel to Townsville for AFCM 2018, another important person is preparing his own visit to Townsville. Festival Chair Sandra Yates AO announced this week that experienced arts manager Gavin Findlay has been appointed Executive Director of AFCM and will take up the position on 20 August. Gavin is currently General Manager of the Canberra International Music Festival (CIMF) and is happily re-locating to the warmer climate of North Queensland for his new role. He will be joining us at the Festival from Tuesday 31 July, and looks forward to meeting everyone. Gavin takes over the role from incumbent Justin Ankus who bids farewell at the end of August after three years at the helm.
Mouth-watering Menu
For Cleveland Bay Supper Club
The menu for our special new event has just been finalised…and it’s sensational! We take you to France upon arrival with tasty treats including Beef Bourguignonne pie and caramelised onion and chevre tartlets. Then after the first set of music it’s off to Argentina with a fine selection of canapes including empanadas, lamb skewers and roasted pork belly. More music follows before the third course lands us in the U.S with savoury pancakes, burgers, brownies and cheesecake. All this before the final set of music which features George Gershwin classics. Guaranteed to be a fabulous night out! See the full menu here. Tickets still available. $165 per person includes food and wine. Sunday 29 July, 7pm.

Harry Bennetts
Replaces Paul Wright 
Harry Bennetts will replace Paul Wright who sadly is unable to join us this year.
Sydney-born violinist Harry Bennetts studied at the Australian National Academy of Music under Dr. Robin Wilson. He has also studied in the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and was mentored by concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley. After a series of success in national competitions, Harry was invited to perform as soloist with the Melbourne, Canberra, Willoughby, and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras. He has performed many solo and chamber recitals in concert halls that include the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, Ukaria Cultural Centre, Cologne Philharmonie and Berlin Philharmonie, as well as numerous Australian regional centres.  
Whilst still completing his studies, Harry was accepted into the international musicians seminar at Prussia cove in the class of Thomas Adès, and performed as an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO). He has participated in masterclasses and lessons with Pinchas Zuckerman, Boris Kuschnir, Midori Gotō, Christian Tetzlaff and members of the Belcea and Doric string quartets.
Julian Bliss will replace Tine Thing Helseth for the Advanced Masterclass on Wednesday 1st August
Special Announcement
Winterschool Open Class
Winterschool Director, Pavel Fischer will hold an open workshop for High School students:
11.30am - 1.00pm
Saturday 28 July 2018
Townsville Grammar School Music Centre
Paxton Street, North Ward
Admission: Free
Any high school students who play an orchestral instrument are welcome to attend Mr Fischer's workshop and are encouraged to bring their instruments. Teachers are also welcome.
Numbers are limited, please e-mail with the students:
Instrument grade (if applicable) e.g. AMEB Gr 4.
School name
An opportunity not to be missed. Places are limited.
Registrations close 5pm Thursday 26 July.
“I try to make young musicians realise what they want, and help them to accomplish it.” Pavel Fisher, AFCM Winterschool Director

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Bellingen Fine Music Festival   
Now in its ninth year, the Bellingen Fine Music Festival, September 27-30, is one of regional Australia’s foremost fine music events with concerts at prices city people can only dream of. Featured artists for 2018 include Karin Schaupp, Acacia Quartet, Taikoz Quartet, Arcadia Winds, Sandy Evans Trio, Blush Opera, Bellingen Youth Orchestra, Coffs Con’s The Academy and choral groups Akabella, Sohum, Bromantics and 11th Hour. Plus great fringe, workshop and masterclass program.  
Free Queens Gardens Concert
Co-presented by Townsville City Council, this hugely popular garden concert has become a firm favourite on the events calendar for locals and visitors alike. Set in the leafy grounds of Queens Park, this 90 minute concert provides audiences with a variety of entertainment – not all of it chamber music. Visiting Festival artists will be joined by local talent including the Barrier Reef Orchestra, Townsville Guitar Orchestra and the 1RAR band. Bring your picnic, some chairs and enjoy a truly delightful afternoon in the park. Gates open at 1.30pm!
Festival Prelude '4' 
The Townsville Cinema Group and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music are pleased to present the Australian premiere screening of Daniel Kutschinski's awarded film “4” (Best Film at Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival 2015).
4 is an independent cinema documentary on one of the world's most exciting string quartets - the Quatuor Ebène.
Busking Competition   
If you play an orchestral instrument and are under the age of 25 then the Australian Festival of Chamber Music Busking Competition is for you. This is your chance to perform in front of crowds along The Strand, with cash prizes awarded for the best performance and the most creative performance. Winners will be judged by Festival artists and announced on the day. There are only 20 places available. Soloists and ensembles welcome to apply. 
Dining at the Theatre
Essentially Fresh will be catering again this year all meals at the Townsville Civic Theatre.  If you havent prepurchased your seat for at one of our outdoor festival forecourt tables you should do so today as is limited seating available.
Those just wishing to dine on the night also have the option of ordering from the bar and finding your own seat at one of the smaller tables available.

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