16/10 — 24/10/2020
October E-newsletter
More concerts on offer
We are so pleased to be part of the Townsville City Council’s North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA) and to be able to host Daniel de Borah and the Orava Quartet in two COVID safe concerts live here in Townsville. Both concerts will also be broadcast live through the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall so if you aren’t in Townsville - you won’t miss out. See below for more details.
The two other events we are hosting as part of NAFA include a free public masterclass with Daniel de Borah on Saturday 17 October (registration required), and the wonderfully entertaining Queens Gardens Concert, which will be broadcast live on Saturday 24th October. Find out more about all of our NAFA events here.
We also have the next video in our Artist Connections series, where we hear from Australian bassoonist Mark Gaydon who is joining us at AFCM 2021. Delightful Debates is back and we announce the 2020 Theodore Kuchar Scholarship.
We hope you enjoy this month’s enews and we look forward to seeing you either in person or online for this weekend’s concerts. Tickets are still available for both options!
Warm regards,
The AFCM Team. 
Image: Alexandra Conunova and Julian Smiles by Andrew Rankin 2019 

An Evening with Daniel de Borah
Friday 16 October, Townsville Civic Theatre, C2. 8.30pm AEDT
This performance is proudly supported by James Cook University
Daniel de Borah is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost musicians, consistently praised for the grace, finesse and imaginative intelligence of his performances. Daniel is a favourite of AFCM and will return to Townsville to perform a special one-hour recital featuring works from Bach and Schumann. Includes an entertaining Q&A with Daniel after the concert.
Digital Ticket $24
An Evening with Orava Quartet
Saturday 17 October, Townsville Civic Theatre, C2. 8.30pm AEDT
This performance is proudly supported by James Cook University
Enjoy a wonderful evening of music with the exceptionally talented Orava Quartet, hailed by Limelight as “the most exciting young quartet on the block” and predicted by The Australian to become “one of Australia’s proudest cultural exports.” Known for their genuinely thrilling performances, the Quartet will captivate you with their one-hour program featuring Hayden and Schulhoff. Includes an entertaining Q&A with Orava Quartet after the concert. 
Digital Ticket $24
We hope you can join us for one or both of these magical concerts. Find out more here

Mark Gaydon 
AFCM Artist Connections
We are delighted to share another wonderful video from our AFCM Artist Connections series. This time we travelled to Adelaide (virtually of course) to hear what Mark Gaydon, the wonderful bassoonist, has been up to in recent months. Mark will make his AFCM debut next year when he joins us in Townsville for our 30th Anniversary Festival in July. Mark is an avid teacher of music, has been Principal Bassoonist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra since 2003 and has appeared as guest principal bassoon with the Sydney, Queensland, Tasmanian and New Zealand symphony orchestras. Take a look here:
Delightful Debates
Where will you travel to?
With restrictions easing around the country and fewer new infections being recorded, it gives us hope that travel might again be a joyful activity - at least within Australia for the time being. So this month’s Delightful Debate segment we want you to share the destination that is number one on your list to visit when you can. Is it visiting the winery just 45 minutes up the road, or heading to the coast for a weekend? Or might your plans reach further afield and you’re planning a long car journey or even a flight to somewhere special. Please jump onto the AFCM Facebook page and share where you’ll heard first…and why. Oh and if you have a photo of the place even better!
The Goldner String Quartet
Live Concert tomorrow night
The Goldner String Quartet are not only our favourite performers, they’re also one of the finest chamber ensembles in the world, Australia’s preeminent string quartet and our AFCM quartet-in- residence. Watch them live tomorrow night Thursday 15 October, from the comfort of your home as they perform a magical one hour concert of Beethoven, Sculthorpe, Vine and Tchaikovsky. Tickets just $24 through Melbourne Digital Concert Hall.
Theodore Kuchar Scholarship 
Winner Announced
AFCM held our annual Theodore Kuchar Scholarship auditions on Saturday 10th October. Held in partnership with Townsville City Council to support young emerging Townsville orchestral musicians with the costs of tuition and professional development. We are delighted to announce this year's award goes to Luke Carroll from Townsville Grammar School, who greatly impressed the judges with his performances on both flute and cello. The standard this year was exceptionally high and we would like to thank all entrants for their interest and efforts.
Queens Gardens Concert 
Running alongside this year's COVID safe version of NAFA, Townsville City Council and AFCM Presents the annual Queens Gardens Concert, with an array of music beamed on the TCC Super Screen.  Join Glenn "Minty" Mintern and Judy Higgins Olsen as they host local groups, 1RAR Band, Amadeus Singers and AFCM artists performing from their home cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Copenhagen and Prague. There are limited seats remaining but for the first time ever we will be live streaming the broadcast FREE so that all you need is an internet connection. 
Festival of Stories  
Join Townsville Author Barbara Hannay to listen to one of Australia's most acclaimed and award-winning romance authors - with over twelve million books sold worldwide -  as she talks through her new book The Sister's Gift. The Sister's Gift is a heartfelt Australian family saga bout second chances, the unbreakable bonds of family and the redemptive power of love, all set on our very own Magnetic Island. Saturday October 24 at 10am. Thuringowa Library.
Artist Questions
Do you have a question for Daniel de Borah or one of the Orava Quartet members?
Whether you're attending the concert in person or digitally, this is your opportunity to ask them a question about their life or music!
Our concert host just may ask it as part of the Q&A after the performance.
Send your question into by 5pm Thursday 15 October. Make sure you include your name, suburb and how long you have been an AFCM fan.

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