26/07 — 04/08/2019
July E-newsletter
Glorious Chamber Music and Food Glorious Food 
With less than 20 days to go, there is a buzz of activity and excitement building in the Festival office. Last week we confirmed that ABC Radio’s Myf Warhurst will broadcast live from The Strand on Friday 26 July. Stay tuned for details on how to win tickets to be in the audience, and which musicians she will be interviewing.  
Meet Christopher Lawrence at Mary Who? Bookshop on Friday 26th July at 4pm prior to Opening Night. Music lovers and readers of fine literature have the chance to meet this year's Festival host Christopher Lawrence, whose books explore the junction of live, love and music. His book Swooning is hitting the shelves in China this month, and his 2018 release Symphony of Seduction has just made its way into a Hungarian translation. Christopher will talk about life in music, what classical music still offers to contemporary audiences - and (of course) his expectations of this year's Festival.  
Transporting 40 musicians and their instruments from around the world is no mean feat, but thanks to Bec and the team at Travel Associates, we’ve got it covered! Did you know that we have:
  • 18 different instruments being showcased this year
  • 10 winds being played for the first time
  • 8 pianos being transported 4,524kms from Sydney via Theme and Variations
  • 336,041kms being travelled by artists to get to Townsville
  • 2 harps being transported 17,349kms
  • 1 double bass being driven 1,334kms
  • and 1 instrument appearing for the very first time. Do you know what that is?
If you haven’t bought your tickets, it’s not too late. There are still seats available for most concerts including two of this year’s special events – the Cleveland Bay Concert and Magnetic Island Discs. Plus with extra capacity for Concert Conversations, there’s tickets available at these popular events too. But hurry as they won't last long!  
We can't wait to see you very soon.
Kind regards,
The AFCM Team.  
P.S Bus timetables are available now
Image: Karen Gomyo & Timothy Young perform at Cleveland Bay Supper Club Concert 2018
Supporting the Festival
Sue Hackett - Philanthropy Manager
The many, many supporters who have helped make AFCM 2019 possible this year are about to see it burst into living, breathing, music-making life. Look what you did! All those who have bought tickets, made donations, supported artists, volunteered, sent us good wishes or plan to be listening to our ABC broadcasts because you can’t join us are part of the annual explosion of good company, good music and brilliant musicians that is the annual Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Thank you all.
‘Stratospheric performances by a tropical sea’ really does sound like paradise and this is exactly what the Festival provides – relaxing and stimulating, with the perfect mix of tropical lolling and fine music.
Every donation, of any kind, helps make each year memorable and successful; if you would like to join us here are the many ways, big and small and they ALL count.
But we can never get enough love! We have a few artists that we would dearly love to have supporters for, we are so close to 100% but not quite there! If you would like to contribute to support for mezzo Lotte Betts-Dean (pictured), violinist Alexandra Conunova or pianist Aura Go please give me a call or get in touch. They are all stellar musicians, outrageously talented, world stars shooting through Townsville.
I just can’t wait for the first note of the first piece in the first opening night concert, Bird Songs at Eventide composed by Eric Coates and performed by Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano) and Aura Go (piano). How appropriate!
I look forwrad to seeing you there.
Ever wanted to attend a music class? 
This year we have moved the Winterschool Public Masterclasses to The Pavilion at The Ville, so why not stay on after Concert Conversations and watch these fascinating insights into the teaching of music. The three masterclasses are free, and this year the coaches are spectacular (mind you, they are every year!).
On Monday 29 July, UK pianist Charles Owen will mentor the Advanced Winterschool students. Charles is the Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School and Co-Artistic Director of the London Piano Festival.
On Wednesday 31 July, America’s Yura Lee will take the students through their paces. Yura is one of the few artists in the world with mastery of both the violin and viola. She studied at the Juilliard School, plays in concert halls around the world and teaches violin and viola at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
In the final masterclass on Thursday 1 August, Estonian born Martin Kuuksmann will share his wisdom with students. Martin is a graduate of the Yale and the Manhattan Schools of Music, currently teaches at Cornish College of Arts in Seattle, is Professor of Bassoon at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music and is a multiple Grammy-nominee. The experience and knowledge of these musicians as educators will be fascinating to watch. Each masterclass runs for one hour, from 1.30pm.  
Catering at the Civic Theatre
Preorder now available
Cuisine to Go are the Civic Theatre caterers in 2019 and have come up with some delectable menus for the Festival.
Changing nightly and featuring vegetarian and gluten free options, meals are available to pre order now. Choose from Potato and Leek Soup, Lasagne, Steamed Fish, Mango Chicken Curry and more.
Simply log on to choose the nights which you wish to dine, select your meal or meals, enter any allergies and check out.
You meals will be ready and waiting for you on the night!  
Cleveland Bay Menu
Breakfast by the bay.
Wake up and smell the coffee! Sunday Brunch at The Ville overlooking Cleveland Bay is calling.

Join us at 10am, prior to the Cleveland Bay Concert commecing at 11am, and enjoy seasonal fruit platters, gourmet pastries, Casalingo double smoked ham and cheese croissants, champagne and more. After brunch, be entertained with some 'Rare Sugar' and a Hot Sonata by Festival musicians, followed by gourmet sausage rolls, pumpkin scones and steamed pork and chicken gyoza. 
Then settle in for part two before a second interval, this time for dessert, and we finish up with a final set of music featuring Hungarian and Rumanian folk music. Magical!  
AFCM Busking
All young orchestral musicians are encouraged to enter the AFCM Busking Competition. Not only will it be fun, but it offers a fabulous opportunity to perform in front of an audience and earn great cash prizes. Taking place along The Strand at 4pm on Thursday 1st August, the competition is open to musicians 25 years and under on any unamplified orchestral instrument. Soloists and ensembles are welcome to apply. Only 20 places available, so register your interest now. Find out more here
WIN tickets
The AFCM Families’ Concert colouring in competition is back in 2019. If you know any young children, please share the form as they could win cash prizes and tickets to the Families’ Concert. Featuring the tales of Babar the Little Elephant and The Firebird, and told through music, dance and animation, this year’s Families’ Concert combines visiting pianists Charles Owen and Timothy Young with local groups in a performance guaranteed to impress all ages. Tickets just $25. Download the colouring page here.
Bus timetable
The Townsville City Council Civic Theatre Festival Bus timetable and the 2019 Gold and Gold Plus Bus timetable are now available to download online and print.
Gold and Gold Plus holders who have purchased a bus pass travel free upon the bus.
The Townsville City Council Civic Theatre bus service costs $5 each way and patrons can purchase tickets from the driver.


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