26/07 — 04/08/2019
December E-newsletter
Happy Holidays!
It’s hard to believe we are at the end of another year – it’s been an exciting time for AFCM as we welcomed our new AD Kathryn Stott, our new Executive Director Gavin Findlay and welcomed back Sue Hackett to the role of Philanthropy Manager.
As we look ahead, we want to take the opportunity to wish you and your families a very happy, safe and prosperous Festive season filled with special times with loved ones.
We will close the Festival office for two weeks with Wednesday 19th December our last day before Christmas. We re-open on Thursday 3rd January.
Kind regards,
The AFCM Team.  
Image: Wu Tong, Claire Edwardes & JP Jofre - 2018 JCU Opening night image by Andrew Rankin 
A message from Artistic Director 
Kathryn Stott
‘Hello’ from wintry Manchester! It’s now December and very close to the holiday season for most of us. That in turn means 2019 is not far away and, for me, the excitement really starts mounting as we make the seven month crescendo towards our festival in July. Somehow AFCM never feels far away and only recently I caught up with both Tine Thing Helseth and Lars Anders Tomter in Oslo who were both so positive about their time in Townsville.
However, I’ve also been catching up in person with some very excited musicians who will be coming to AFCM for the very first time in 2019. I’m continually thinking of who, what, where and how; and yes – preparations for 2020 have already started! As many of us feel the stresses of every-day life, or contemplate the state of our planet, it reinforces my view that music and the collective experience of performance is really something special and valuable.
The energy, stimulation and emotional involvement, which unite all performers and creatives with our listeners, is something very precious and I know that those ten days are full on. So be it! Let’s immerse ourselves in all that a festival can offer.
‘ORIGINS’ is jam-packed – so get ready! As you won’t hear from me until 2019, let me take this opportunity to wish you all the most wonderful Christmas and a peaceful and happy New Year!
Where are they now?
We catch up with some AFCM artists 
Tine Thing Helseth  For New Years I’ll go to Hong Kong and Singapore! I’m really looking forward to that! Sebastian and I had such a good time in Townsville. We miss the people! You guys and all the artists, it was such a special atmosphere. We made new friends for life!
JP Jofre   I’m in New York after a 4 month international tour. Working on new compositions and enjoying home and family. Missing the people, the food, the weather and making music in Australia!
Eliza Sdraulig - It has been a whirlwind couple of months since my time at the AFCM! I have been kept fairly busy both at the Australian National Academy of Music and working professionally as a freelance cellist. ANAM has had a few major orchestral projects and I have also had a solo recital, concerto competition and this weekend my string quartet (the Montello Quartet) will perform in the ANAM Chamber Music Competition Grand Final! Outside of ANAM I have also performed several concerts as a casual cellist in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and have done two major tours as an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. I also recently returned from the Huntington Chamber Music Festival as Principal Cello in the ANAM Chamber Orchestra. I am about to finish my time at ANAM and will be working full time as a professional cellist in 2019. Despite being so busy, I am still reminiscing about my wonderful two weeks in Townsville as part of the AFCM Cello Octet and cannot wait to hear what the 2019 Festival has in store! 
With a little help from our Friends 
One of the hallmarks of AFCM is the musical camaraderie and give-and-take that you see and hear on stage every day and night. It’s one of the beguiling aspects of good chamber music and watching can be as interesting as listening - the flicker of a smile at a tricky moment well executed, or maybe saved; the slight lean towards a colleague to bring a phrase together. This year the musicians often stood for well-deserved applause but even before they took that in they hugged and thanked each other with affection and then turned to the audience. As one of the attendees who has made the trip to Townsville from SA several times said to me, ‘There’s a lot of love in the room’, and that comment came back to me this week.
For those lucky enough to have been to the Berlin Staatskapelle performances under Daniel Barenboim (I saw many familiar AFCM faces in the audience and caught up with quite a few), the same phrase came to mind. Barenboim himself commented on the warmth of the reception for the orchestra and the orchestra in its turn said the same about the audience (in time honoured orchestral fashion) by stamping their feet on the floor. There was a lot of love in the room and it’s a happy note to end the year on.
A big thankyou to all of you who are supporting AFCM and keeping us company, from becoming one of our many Friends of AFCM, to buying tickets, supporting artists or passing the word on. There will be love in the room next year, I have no doubt, and what better way to celebrate life. Sue Hackett Philanthropy Manager
For information about supporting a 2019 artist please contact me or 07 4771 4144 
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