23/07 — 01/08/2021
March E-newsletter
Our 2021 Festival is just 134 days away!

Dear ,
I hope you've had the chance to view the updated Festival program we unveiled last week? We are so thrilled with the breadth of music, the special commissions, and with the amazing line-up of musicians that Kathryn Stott has invited to perform at our 30th Anniversary Festival in July. You can view the full program online here and all of the wonderful artists here.
We are delighted that some events are already close to selling out, so if you are considering attending AFCM 2021, please don't delay. Our Gold Plus subscriptions are at full capacity and we are currently wait-listing Gold subscriptions.
We launched our brand new website last week too, making it easier to locate information online. We have some wonderful information about Townsville, including where to stay, plus things to do, such as several self-drive tours to the Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach and Charters Towers. So holiday here this year and extend your stay in North Queensland - it really is paradise, especially in the middle of winter!
Find out more below about the special events planned in 2021. 
Finally, we bid farewell to our Executive Director, Gavin Findlay who finishes with us on the 26th March. We wish him all the best for his move north to the Daintree.  
Warm Regards, 
The AFCM Team. 

Supporting the Festival
It’s been a stimulating and encouraging time catching up with our Artist Supporters over the last few weeks. As we finally emerge from 2020 doldrums and can feel AFCM 2021 approaching, clearly the thought of Townsville, AFCM, friends and music is very attractive to many. Browsing the program and the artists that will perform the works though that isn’t at all surprising. Those of you who have ventured back to live performances will know how wonderful it is to be in the same room as the music and how the time away from it heightens the experience.
Each year we bring some 40 musicians from across Australia and around the world to Townsville. They are the beating heart of AFCM and hearing them, seeing them interact with each other, and getting to know them on stage is a memorable part of any AFCM. Our Artists Support campaign is a major part of our philanthropic income. Individuals, or small groups, donate $4,000 for an Australian based artists and $7,500 for an overseas based artist. This covers approximately half of the cost of bringing them to Townsville. We are currently seeking support for the following Australian based artists:
Adam Chalabi        Violin
Phoebe Gardner    Violin
Elizabeth Layton    Violin
Yasmin Rowe         Piano
Virginia Taylor         Flute
If you would like to support an artist or would like more information please contact Sue Hackett - Philanthropy Manager P 07 4771 4144 E
Suite Six - Russell Mitchell and Valmay Hill, Drs Ailbhe and Frank Cunningham, Christine Dagworthy and Robert Dagworthy AM  supporting Timothy Young in 2019

Holiday Packages
Good to Go
Relax with a Festival holiday package and have all of the work done for you! Choose from an Opening weekend, mid-week or Closing weekend package. They each include three nights’ accommodation at one of four preferred hotels, reserved seating and discounted tickets to three Festival concerts. Prices start from $380 per person twin share, less for AFCM Friends. What’s more, everything can be booked in the one place including flights, extra nights, extra concerts, car hire, day tours and more. Call the team at Brilliant Travels on 1300 799 342.
Explore More
of North Queensland
Townsville is surrounded by beauty, whether it’s north to Mission Beach and the Atherton Tablelands; inland to historical townships like Charters Towers; or across the water to the magic of Magnetic Island. With so much to see, we encourage you to add a few extra days to your visit – either before or after the Festival – and explore more. Festival sponsor Travel Associates have created three self-drive touring packages to these stunning regions; whilst valued Festival partner SeaLink have a range of options for short stays on Magnetic island.    
Shine the light 
on Special Events
Don’t forget to make room in your itinerary for a special event or two! The hugely popular free concert in Queens Gardens returns on Sunday 25 July, and that evening is White Nights at The Ville - a superb concert that begins with an octet performance of a rare 19th century gem by Danish composer Niels Gade and ends with some toe tapping Gershwin. Add in dinner overlooking the ocean and you have a fine evening on your hands!
Two more special events are both Magnetic Island treats – the Sounds Like Paradise dinner on Tuesday 27th July has you dining along the foreshore and enjoying music by William Barton, the Nexas Quartet and more. Our final special event is the AFCM After Party on Sunday 1 August where you get to unwind at Peppers, enjoy a drink on the deck and enjoy beautiful music by four Festival artists. All wonderful, all filling fast, so be sure to buy your tickets soon.
World premieres prevail
in 2021
The program is jam-packed with stellar music, however the four world premieres will be worthy highlights. The first is the special commission on Opening Night where composer Deborah Cheetham AO has written in the language of the Wulgurukaba people and performs alongside David Greco and the Goldner String Quartet. The second is a special commission that recognises the Goldner String Quartet’s 25th Anniversary and has 25 Australian composers writing a short variation on Beethoven's Ode to Joy which the Goldners will perform at the Governor’s Gala concert. The third and fourth world premieres appear in the Evening concert on Thursday 29th July with specially curated choreography Control by Dancenorth, in response to the novel, The Kreutzer Sonata, and performed alongside Piers Lane (piano); and then Roderick Williams’ Not Here Yet, which is a stunning set of songs performed by Jacqueline Porter (soprano) and Kristian Chong (piano).

Winterschool Closing Date
Applications for the Winterschool close on 1st April so those students interested in applying should act now! During the AFCM there are often unexpected performance opportunities available to students. Who can forget the incredible 007 Cello Octet in 2019 where Rose Chaffey from Melbourne was called upon to perform unexpectedly. The Advanced Masterclass program really is potentially life-changing.  
Lloyd Van't Hoff  Debut Release  
Two of Australia’s most celebrated young artists, clarinetist Lloyd van’t Hoff and pianist Peter de Jager unite to release their debut album, Johannes Brahms: Music for Clarinet and Piano on 12 March, 2021 on all streaming platforms and for physical purchase exclusively on Bandcamp.
Lloyd returns to the Festival for a second time this year as an Artist and our Junior Winterschool Director.
Safety at the Festival
Full refunds are available should borders close or  situations change.  At AFCM, the health and safety of our patrons and artists is the highest priority. We are taking extra precautions to ensure that the 2021 Festival is delivered in a COVID Safe way, in full accordance with all relevant government directives. We have also changed concert times to enable sanitisation of the auditorium in between concerts.

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