26/07 — 04/08/2019
Let the music begin
AFCM 2019 opens tonight
Dear ,
It’s here….Opening Night of the 2019 Festival and we are bursting with excitement and pride that all the hard work done by Kathy, the musicians and the Festival team is paying off; and what lies ahead for you over the next 10 days is nothing short of spectacular.
It includes a program of great breadth, full of diversity, ranging across traditional and contemporary music as well as exclusive commissions and world premieres. Tonight we showcase 23 of the 40 visiting musicians and we introduce you to a marvellous Chinese instrument, the pipa, and one of its great masters the celebrated Wu Man.
The weekend is packed with musical riches too including our first Concert Conversations with Kathryn Stott tomorrow morning and the entertaining Queens Gardens free concert in the park on Sunday afternoon.
We hope you take the time to immerse yourself in all of the music. Thank you for your ongoing support and let’s enjoy this wonderful 10-day ride, starting tonight!
It's not too late to buy tickets, visit our website here or call TicketShop on 1800 44 99 77.
Warm regards,
The AFCM Team.
Image: Andrew Rankin - Opening night 2018 

Christopher Lawrence to join Kathryn Stott for Magnetic Island Discs
An exciting last-minute addition to next Tuesday’s Magnetic Island Discs event is much loved Australian radio and TV presenter Christopher Lawrence.  Christopher’s career spans 40 years, he has written and produced documentaries, has worked extensively on ABC Radio, presented Evenings and Breakfast on ABC Sydney, was a regular guest commentator for the BBC Proms telecasts when living in London and has also written three best-selling books. He is in Townsville as our Evening Concerts host and will also now join Kathy on Magnetic Island on Tuesday 30 July, chatting to her about her favourite music and why such pieces have influenced her so greatly. Tickets $95 includes two-course lunch and return ferry transfers.
Tuesday 30 July, 12pm
Peppers Blue on Blue, Magnetic Island
Call TicketShop on 4727 9797 or book online here

Sunday sounds spectacular 
We have a jam-packed day in store for you this Sunday commencing at 10am with the Cleveland Bay Concert and a fabulous brunch on the lawns of The Ville Resort – Casino overlooking the water; then it’s off to Queens Gardens to hear Amy Dickson, Martin Kuuskmann and Lotte Betts-Dean perform alongside local groups the 1RAR Band and Barrier Reef Orchestra; before finishing the day with two unique concerts in St James’ Cathedral. Evening Safari starts at 7.30pm and is an hour of discovery taking us through musical terrain old and familiar, young and new. The Final Hour commences at 9.30pm and is an intriguing and atmospheric exploration of music and mystery. Enjoy drinks and cheese platters in between concerts. There are a handful of tickets available for both concerts and also Cleveland Bay Concert, so be quick and grab them online here or call TicketShop on 4727 9797.
10.00am Cleveland Bay Concert, The Pavilion at The Ville Resort – Casino, Tickets $150
3.00pm Free Concert in Queens Gardens, gates open 1.30pm
7.30pm Evening Safari, St James’ Cathedral, Tickets $65
9.30pm The Final Hour, St James’ Cathedral, Tickets $65
 Sounds like paradise!

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