26/07 — 04/08/2019
November E-newsletter
2019 is fast approaching
We are excited to announce our new AFCM Friends program, and with it some very special benefits. Friends will have access to the program preview from 1 December, so jump over to our website and become an AFCM Friend now if you haven't already.
Advertising for the booking brochure and the program is now open. The early release of the program means that the booking brochure will be available earlier, giving it a longer shelf life. Our booking brochure is a very popular planning tool and one that should be considered for advertising. 
Kind regards,
The AFCM Team.  
 Image: Andrew Rankin - Guy Johnston, Kathryn Stott, JP Jofre, Kees Boersma and Karen Gomyo perform JP Jofre's Australian Premieres at Cleveland Bay Supper Club 2018
Past and Present
Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume 1859, Joseph Gagliano, Nicolo Gagliano, ‘Aurora,ex-Foulis’ Stradivarius 1703, Joseph Guarneri 1720, Lorenzo Ventapane 1827, Domenico Montagnana 1720, David Tecchler 1714, Gasparo Bertolotti da Saló 1590, Giovanni Battista Guadagnini 1757…
These names might be fine wines up for auction or the latest chic agriturismo on a backroad in Italy but no, they are the makers of some of the violins, violas and cellos that travelled to Townsville for the Festival this year. They conjure glimpses of historic workshops in Venice, Cremona, Mantua, Rome or Paris during the Golden Age of violin making in the mid 18th century. That these instruments survive is miraculous, that they find their way to tropical North Queensland always makes me pause. It seems so very extraordinary and an easy reverie to fall into during a concert, musing on the distances on land and in time that they have travelled. Many of these instruments are priceless, valued at millions, and the musicians who play them are custodians for a time, or a life, the instruments on loan thanks to philanthropic individuals or foundations who own them and know that they will only maintain their voice and value with constant care and playing.
There are some brilliant artists and some brilliant instruments coming next year, not just strings by the way (hint, hint) and it is with the help of the generous donors who support our artists that we are able to conjure up another magical festival for you. I am already looking forward to gazing at a burnished violin on holiday in the tropics and drifting down that rabbit hole.
Sue Hackett
Philanthropy Manager
For information about supporting a 2019 artist please contact Sue or phone 0747 714 144
Image: Andrew Rankin - Governor’s Gala 2018: Alexander Sitkovetsky, Karen Gomyo (with the Aurora), Lars Anders Tomter (with the Bertolotti), Tobias Breider, István Várdai (with the Montagna), Guy Johnston (with the Tecchler)

 A message from Kathryn Stott 
It’s difficult to believe that three months have already passed since the end of AFCM ’18 and I’m happy to say myself and all the team are working extremely hard on all things 2019! Putting together the program well in advance gives me lots of opportunity to fine tune it and help me deliver something exciting, challenging, rewarding and exceptional for audience and musicians alike. As usual, I can’t spill any beans just yet, but I can share with you that my theme will be … ‘Origins’. Of course, there is always elasticity in a festival theme when we are ten days long, but I’ll be exploring music with strong nationalistic flavours: music inspired by great stories, music with themes and variations, roots deep in folk and dance music and much more. I have some really amazing giants in the Chamber Music repertoire for you - as well as rarely played gems - and as always, lots to experience for the first time at AFCM and lots to enjoy again as old friends. I’m thrilled with the brilliant array of artists all set to come to Townsville, including eleven making their debuts - either in Australia or in the festival. I look forward to sharing more news with you over the coming months, but thanks to all of you who have already booked accommodation for next year - music to my ears!
New Flexi Passes 
Coming your way
New in 2019 are the Five and Ten Concert passes, giving you flexibility to pick and choose the concerts you want to attend. Package up any five or ten concerts from a choice of 22 in the main program, including all Concert Conversations, Sunset and Evening Series (excludes special events) and enjoy 10% off the total price. They replace the Festival Four and Silver passes and will be on sale for AFCM Friends from 11 February and to the general public from 25 February.
Theodore Kuchar Scholarship
The Theodore Kuchar Scholarship, offered as a joint initiative by the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Townsville City Council, was awarded yesterday to Emily McDonald from Pimlico State High School. The scholarship, named in recognition of the AFCM’s founding Artistic Director, Theodore Kuchar, offers the winning applicant $4,000 payable over two years in Year 11 and Year 12. Emily was one of six talented applicants awarded an audition earlier this month. 
Don’t miss the opportunity to advertise in the Festival’s 2019 major publications. For just $400 + GST you can place an ad in our Booking Brochure which is distributed to over 10,000 households nationally in February. You can also place an ad in the official Festival Program, a must-have booklet for all Festival audiences. Or why not advertise in BOTH for just $650 + GST and save! It’s a great way to enjoy fantastic exposure for your business.
Queensland Outback Tour
Enjoy three days at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music with premium seats to six world-class chamber music performances, followed by four exciting days in Queensland’s outback. Visit three classic outback towns, Charters Towers, Winton and Longreach, enjoying the varied landscapes along the way, and discover the history of this fascinating and beautiful part of Australia.
Ephemera 2019
Not that you need any more reason to visit Townsville and AFCM next year, however, taking place at the same time as the Festival will be Strand Ephemera, North Queensland’s bi-annual sculpture festival. Held along The Strand, it features over 30 sculptures and artworks of varying mediums from local, national and international artists. It attracts wonderful crowds to Townsville and makes the stroll along Townsville’s beach front even more stunning!


Would you like to forward this email to a friend? Click here.

Share This Email: Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Linked In