26/07 — 04/08/2019
  May E-newsletter
Join us in Paradise 
Dear ,
At this time we're scheduling and fine-tuning this year's Festival Origins, and as a result we've made the decision to commence the Winterschool Masterclasses half an hour earlier. This will allow time for lunch after Concert Conversations whilst also allowing plenty of time to prepare for the Ray Golding Sunset Series. The new time will be 1.30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 
We are immensely grateful for the commitment that Townsville City Council has made to have the Civic Theatre functional for the Festival following the severe damage that occurred during the February weather event. The Civic Theatre will close again after AFCM for further repairs, but the venue experience for patrons should be the same as usual. 
Volunteer applications close soon. If you have been thinking about volunteering and want to see behind the scenes of our Festival, please call Jacqui on 0747 714 144 or apply online now.
Warm Regards, 
The AFCM Team. 

A message from Kathryn Stott
Hello! It seems a while since I last wrote in the Newsletter, but while I’m busy planning the program for 2020, everyone in the AFCM team are now very much gearing up for the 2019 Festival in just a few months’ time. I love looking at the website and our countdown!
I had the most brilliant time launching the Festival in six cities with lots of opportunities to chat about the music program. I really have to say that I think there is something for everyone, and if you don’t want to commit to the whole epic, then it’s the ideal scenario for dipping in and out for a quick taster.
Since the brochure was printed, we’ve added Magnetic Island Discs which will be a relaxed alternative on the rest day, for those of you still looking for something musical but who don’t want to go to Orpheus Island. Come and spend a bit of time with me on nearby Magnetic Island, have a bite to eat and listen to tracks from recordings I love. I’ll be telling my personal stories behind each one and look forward to sharing those with you.
After a glorious Easter which I hope was a break for many of you, it’s now full steam ahead. Lots of preparation on my part for the performances in the Festival, but I’m also starting to look forward to my chats with all the artists. It’s not every day I get to sit down and chat with friends, and it’s not every day you get to eavesdrop by attending one of my six Concert Conversations! I'm told there are still a number of good seats available. Won’t be long now…

Staging Young talent
Last year Artistic Director, Kathryn Stott, invited four students from the Australian National Academy of Music to perform as part of the Festival’s first ever cello octet. The four students had the opportunity to play with world-class musicians and it was a wonderful experience for everyone, including our audience.
AFCM plans to continue engaging with young artists, whether they be our Winterschool students or those emerging professionals. This year, thanks to the support of Music Viva, Kathryn has invited Aura Go and Arcadia Winds. These young musicians have been involved with the FutureMakers program —  Aura is still under its precious wing!
FutureMakers under the guidance of previous AFCM guest artist Genevieve Lacey, is Musica Viva’s artistic leadership initiative, “It’s always exciting to work with young musicians, and it is one of the many aspects of this Festival which I feel is very special. These young artists are the future of musical culture and nurturing talent is an important part of what AFCM stands for ” said Kathryn.
As a passionate educator herself Kathryn regularly teaches in Oslo at The Norwegian Academy of Music and gives coaching sessions while on the road performing concerts. As she says, "Having the opportunity to immerse oneself in the Festival, collaborating with other musicians at the top of their game, is something that I hope will leave a lasting impression on any young artist coming to perform. Integrating with musicians from all nationalities, sharing their experiences and ultimately performing together is something I appreciated hugely in the early part of my career, so I feel it’s important to give others that same opportunity."
FutureMakers discovers and enables brilliant early career artists to become Australia’s musical leaders of tomorrow. The initiative’s two-year part-time program is centred on the development and creation of a music-centred performance project, supported by a professional development curriculum focused on nurturing artistic leadership, developing entrepreneurial capabilities and shaping the sector’s future. All of us at AFCM wish them continued success with this great initiative.
Families' Concert
Community Involvement
This year AFCM is presenting two of the most beloved stories in music: Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Poulenc’s Babar the Little Elephant. In a new world of interactive musical storytelling this year’s Families' Concert will feature live pianists with storytellers, dancers, sound activated animations and illustrations. The young and young at heart music-lovers will have a chance to participate through pre-concert activities and dress up as princes and princesses, firebirds and elephants! We are excited to have two of Townsville's finest actors in Madonna Davies from Full Throttle Theatre narrating Babar and Ron Pulman from TheatreiNQ telling the story of the Firebird. Also participating in this year’s production will be dancers from Ann Roberts School of Dance, exciting animation from Marc Roth and colourful art installations from Art Circle. Stay tuned for more and keep an eye out for our Babar colouring in competition!
Attractions of North Queensland
Townsville Shines 
Townsville is the gateway to World Heritage-listed wet tropics, ancient rainforests, picture-perfect beaches and coral-fringed islands. Flanked by the rugged, pristine beauty of Magnetic and Hinchinbrook Islands, this spectacular and surprising region stretches north from The Burdekin to Hinchinbrook and east from historic Charters Towers to the Palm Islands.
Some of the area’s top experiences include seeing koalas in their natural habitat on Magnetic Island; learning about the reef conservation programs at Reef HQ Aquarium, diving the SS Yongala shipwreck, one of the top 10 dive sites in the world and losing yourself in the thundering beauty of Wallaman Falls, a 268 metre wall of water and the longest single drop waterfall in Australia. So be sure to make time during your stay, or to stay in Townsville a little longer so you can explore more of this magnificent region. 

Supporting the Festival
As promised last E-news here is a photo of some of our Brisbane supporters enjoying time with Artistic Director Kathryn Stott on a sunny afternoon when she was here for AFCM 2019 Launch activities. I’m delighted to say that some of them have since banded together to support Timothy Young’s appearance at AFCM and I can’t think of a more convivial group to have on board, their enthusiasm is great encouragement and their support is hugely appreciated.
Every donation counts towards a successful Festival, from topping up a Ticketshop purchase to supporting an artist, to becoming a Friend and everything in between, bit by bit it all adds up and moves us onwards and upwards. 
As we get closer to gathering in Townsville I look forward to all sorts of things, from catching up with friends from far and wide to taking that first walk along The Strand, hearing the very first notes sound on Opening Night and knowing there are so many more ahead to enjoy, and this year something new, the AFCM Friends Breakfast. It promises to be another hospitable gathering with many familiar, and many new faces, enjoying the good company that AFCM provides.
There are still a few artists not supported so do send suggestions to me or band together and enjoy adding a dimension to your Festival pleasures.
Thank you all!
Sue Hackett   Philanthropy Manager
Above in Brisbane - L to R : Debby and Terry Dodd with KS; KS with Dr Anne Tanner and Olga Lipsky;KS, Peter de Jersey AM and Beverley de Jersey; Russell Mitchell, KS, Valmay Hill; Philip Bacon AM and KS; Jan and David Robinson with KS; Christine and Robert Dagworthy, KS, Ailbhe and Frank Cunningham.
Karin Schaupp 
On Sunday 30th June, the Townsville Community Music Centre are delighted to present guitar virtuoso and previous AFCM artist, Karin Schaupp in a solo recital, with a guest appearance by the Townsville Guitar Orchestra. In two parts, repertoire by Mertz, Giuliani & Regondi along with contemporary and narrative works by Stanhope, Houghton & Koshkin.  Featuring a Guadagnini replica, romantic and modern guitar, this performance is not to be missed! 
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Ferry Timetable
In February and March this year SeaLink conducted two surveys on their Magnetic Island service to gather feedback on the current timetable from residents and regular travellers. As a result of the strong feedback, SeaLink will operate to a new timetable as of Monday the 13th of May 2019. SeaLink has also worked closely with Sunbus and TransLink to ensure appropriate measures were taken to align bus and ferry services.

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