31/07 — 09/08/2020
January E-newsletter
News you won't want to miss 
Dear ,
Hello and Happy New Year to you! We hope you enjoyed some special time with family and friends, perhaps a little rest and relaxation and hopefully a lot of beautiful music too? We are all re-charged and raring to go here in the Festival office and excited about the year ahead.
We will be unveiling the 2020 Festival program in a little over four weeks' time, and announcing the complete line-up of musicians. We’ve already enticed you with a few names, but there are plenty more we’re excited to announce. Did we mention there will be four making their Australian debut at AFCM, and a further fifteen coming to Townsville for the very first time? See below for details of our official launch in Townsville on the 27th of February.
Don’t forget AFCM Friends still have until Friday 21 February to purchase their tickets ahead of release to the general public on Wednesday 26th February.
Like you, we have been following the bush fire devastation closely and hope you and your loved ones have stayed safe. The loss of homes, landscapes, wildlife and lives is truly devastating, and our hearts go out to all those affected. We want to express our sincere thanks to the firefighters, charities and volunteers who are tirelessly working to assist in our country’s recovery.  
Please read on below for a message from our Artistic Director, an exciting fundraising event and some of the wonderful tours and attractions that we hope will tempt you to come to AFCM, stay longer and explore this magnificent region.
Warm regards,
The AFCM Team. 

 A message from Kathryn Stott
Hello music lovers and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you! My heart feels very heavy after following the truly devastating scenes in Australia these past weeks. I can offer no comfort other than to say my thoughts are with you daily and send you all my deepest hugs and affection.
Now, I must move on to brighter horizons and remind everyone that the next Festival will be the 30th anniversary of AFCM. Isn’t that a wonderful opportunity to celebrate? I’ve invited a host of simply stunning musicians but that’s only part of the story and it’s the artistic content which thrills me the most. I’m particularly excited about the four commissions you’ll be hearing in the Festival and the concepts behind them. As many of you are aware, 2020 is the 25th anniversary of the Goldner String Quartet, so I’ve instigated a very special present for them and can’t wait to hear that on Saturday 1st August. I’m also delighted to welcome Deborah Cheetham to AFCM for the first time and you’ll be able to hear Deborah sing the world premiere of her new work for us on opening night. The third commission will be part of a whole day celebrating another rather important anniversary; and finally the fourth commission involves myself and some special guests from Townsville - more on that soon! Next month I will be coming to Melbourne, Sydney and Townsville to officially launch the Festival program. It’s always a thrilling moment, especially after writing in code for 6 months! It’s also a wonderful opportunity for me to meet up with Australian musicians coming to the Festival and start forging friendships with new colleagues. Some of the international artists will be making their debuts in Australia, so I’m already getting messages about mounting excitement and slowly everyone starts to realise who else will be performing, what the whole program will look like, and generally why they have signed up to come and play for you. You know about some musicians already but I promise, there are many more to be introduced at the launch and everyone is an equally important part of my musical tapestry. I’m very proud that BBC Radio3 will shortly be broadcasting some of the concerts from last Festival and we’ve already aired on Danish radio. The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is something to be very proud of and deserves the widest audience. I hope we can all say ‘cheers’ to that in lovely Townsville! Finally, I’d like to extend my heartiest congratulations to Jack Leibeck who has been appointed as your next Artistic Director. I wish him the very happiest of times creating wonderful programs in the future. 
Warmest regards,

Jack Liebeck to be AFCM Artistic Director for 2021
After an international search, the Board of AFCM has appointed internationally renowned violinist Jack Liebeck to take up the position of Artistic Director when Kathryn Stott steps down after our 30th anniversary Festival. A media announcement was made earlier this week to coincide with his taking appointment as the first Émile Sauret Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music, which was announced in London on Monday.
Mr Liebeck said he is thrilled to have been appointed as Artistic Director. “As a player, I experienced seven enjoyable AFCM’s during Piers Lane’s tenure, forging many links and musical friendships. Now in its 30th year, the event has proven to be one of the outstanding chamber music festivals in the world, and perhaps the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. I look forward to programming my first festival in Townsville posthaste!

Fancy Lunch with Maggie Beer?
Our 30th Anniversary is a great milestone and what better way to celebrate the Festival’s wonderful legacy than with some good friends and great music? To help meet our fundraising target for 2020 we have brought together some great people and fabulous food and wine for a memorable festive lunch. Join Maggie Beer AC, a great friend of the Festival, the wickedly charming BBC Radio 3 host Petroc Trelawny and brilliant young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE with fellow supporters, hosted by Townsville chef extraordinaire Matt Merrin and his team at Bridgewater restaurant. Enjoy French champagne on arrival and a two-course lunch featuring local produce and fine wine.
Saturday 1 August, 1pm at Bridgewater Restaurant.
Tickets $500 per person (includes a $350 tax deductible donation).
To book, call AFCM on 07 4771 4144 or email or download the booking form here.
Places are limited and bookings essential.
We thank all of you who join us for your support.

Townsville Shines in July
Book your accommodation early
Townsville offers a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, from luxury hotels to self-catering apartments and budget accommodation. We have two Festival partner hotels including Quest Townsville on Palmer Street and The Ville Resort & Casino along the breakwater. Plus three other hotels in our Festival holiday packages including the Grand Chancellor located in the CBD and Rydges Southbank and Park Regis Anchorage both on Palmer Street where you will find lots of cafes and restaurants and it is within close proximity to the Civic Theatre. Remember, winter is peak season in Townsville so it’s best to book your accommodation early. Find out more about where to stay here.
Festival Launch
You're invited
Mark the date in your diary now – Thursday 27th February, 6pm at C2 at The Townsville Civic Theatre. This is when all will be revealed! Our Artistic Director, Kathryn Stott will unveil her Festival program, aptly called Carnival, she will delight us with some of the musical highlights and exciting commissions and premieres plus announce all of the amazing musicians coming to Townsville.
What’s more, she will also perform for us alongside superstar baritone Peter Coleman-Wright, who is also coming to AFCM 2020. Invitations will be out shortly, so be sure to RSVP. We can’t wait to see you there.

Day off Discoveries
So many options
With so much to see and do in the region we encourage you to take a day or two to experience some of the magic. Our partners Travel Associates Townville and SeaLink Queensland both have single day and multiple day options including tours to Hidden Valley and Magnetic Island. Plus Tuesday 4th August is a day off for musicians so it also gives you the opportunity to explore the region (unless of course you’re doing the Palm Island trip). We have a number of activities specially created for you to do that day including sailing Cleveland Bay and visiting the Paluma rainforest. Take a look at them on our website. 
Travelling in Queensland
Safety First
We have been deeply saddened by the devastation and loss of life caused by the bush fires ravaging many parts of Australia. Queensland has been fortunate to remain largely unaffected by the current bushfires and Queensland’s tourism operators and experiences are operating as usual. Some rural bushfire warnings are in place and visitors can stay up-to-date with the latest information and advice being issued by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) at their website. Tourism Australia’s website has information about safe travel in Australia, and which areas are/are not affected by bushfires.


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