26/07 — 04/08/2019
Six weeks and counting..  
Dear ,
As we speed towards Opening Night, we wanted to share some good news with you. We have been able to add extra seats for our previously sold-out Sunday evening church concerts Evening Safari & The Final Hour. Please contact the Ticketshop today on 0747 714 144 if you would like to see either of these superb concerts, as seats are limited. 
We are also pleased to anncounce the Civic Theatre has a new caterer this year. We are busy finalising menus with them and will share that information in our next newsletter. This year there will be the added feature of pre-ordering and selecting your meal online prior to evening service. You will also be able to order on the night.
Strand Ephemera is back this year, and we are proud to collaborate by including several free performances by AFCM Winterschool ensembles throughout the week. Stay tuned for more information in our program and on our website.  
We look forward to seeing you in 43 Days!
Warm Regards, 
The AFCM Team. 

Q & A with the Goldner String Quartet  
This edition of our Artist Q&A comes from our Quartet in Residence - the Goldner String Quartet. This year marks their Silver Anniversary that's 25 years of performing at the Festival!
Q. What’s your favourite thing about coming back to Townsville each year ?
Dimity & Julian: Performing for old friends and new and listening to and collaborating with a great combination of interesting artists.
Dene & Irina: The weather, the audience, the Strand, Maggie and old friends
Q. What are you most looking forward to at AFCM 2019?
Dene & Irina: Playing a piece by Tan Dun featuring the pipa - an exotic and new combination for us.
Dimity & Julian: We have lots of new collaborations and several new works to add to our repertoire - a brand new Quartet from resident composer Connor D’Netto, a really interesting work by Tan Dun for Pipa and Quartet and a beautiful Piano Quintet which we’ve not done before by Vierne.
Q. What is your fondest musical memory?
Dimity: Difficult question - hard to pick one! Playing in Wigmore Hall and Concertgebouw Amsterdam for the first time has to be right up there...
Julian: Performing Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite with the Canberra Youth Orchestra in Vienna when I was 15.
Irina: Sitting on my mother’s lap learning piano when I was 3.
Dene: Hearing my son Nikolai who is hearing impaired perform Beethoven on the piano.
Q. If you had to pick one work to introduce someone to the wonders of classical music, what would it be?
Dimity: Beethoven
Julian: Debussy Claire de Lune
Dene & Irina - This question is too hard. We both thought-Beethoven symphonies but feel that ANY live classical music - particularly romantic orchestral music such as Tchaikovsky would be great for a beginner to understand what it’s all about.
The Goldner String Quartet perform as a quartet in seven performances throughout the Festival, from Opening Night to Festival Farewell.  Find out more here 
Magnetic Island Discs
Mad about Maggie!
A trip to Townsville isn't complete without an island visit so book in now for our day off event Magnetic Island Discs. Travel by Ferry to Magnetic Island, enjoy a two-course lunch with our AD Kathryn Stott at the Glorious Peppers Blue on Blue Resort, hear some of her favourite pieces of music on disc and why they're so special to her. Stay on afterwards and explore the natural beauty of the island.  It's the perfect day out really! Tuesday 30 July 12pm, departs Breakwater Ferry Terminal, $95 per person, $86 for Friends. Includes return Ferry tickets and lunch.
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Artist Supporters
We are very close to having supporting donors for every artist appearing at AFCM 2019! This Major Gifts campaign is one of our most lively and important fundraising activities and we are grateful to the many donors who support it. They range from long term Festival patrons very familiar with brilliant chamber music in the tropics, to first time attendees, and even those who can’t make it to Townsville but who support us from afar. 
To complete the 2019 campaign here is a trio of exceptional artists performing in Townsville this year for whom we are still seeking support -  they are violinist Alexandra Conunova,
mezzo Lotte Betts-Dean and pianist Aura Go, all formidable talents and superb musicians. Just click on the links for their full biographies and a listing of their performances at the Festival. Many of you might already know, or have guessed, that Lotte Betts-Dean hails from one of Queensland's great musical families. Her father is composer and violist, Brett Dean and the AFCM is delighted to be welcoming the next generation to Townsville. 
The AFCM is the perfect, and exclusive, opportunity to hear and discover them in a range of works and combinations that won’t be repeated elsewhere. Information about supporting these artists is on our website here or do please contact me if you would like more information. All donations are tax deductible and with the end of the financial year looming it’s the perfect time to combine great music, exceptional talent and bookkeeping!
Sue Hackett   Philanthropy Manager
Above Alexandra Conunova, Lotte Betts Dean & Aura Go

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