As the weather warms up nicely here in Townsville, and we fast approach the holiday season, we wanted to pause to reflect on the value of friends. We had the good fortune earlier this month to welcome back Piers Lane, a very dear friend indeed. In honour of the music teachers in our region, Piers visited Townsville for two days before making his way back to London, and treated us to a special evening recital and a memorable morning Piano Masterclass and Q&A. We also want to acknowledge our volunteers - valuable friends who make your Festival experience richer. Good friend and incoming Artistic Director, Jack Liebeck, is also in our minds this month as he finalises the 2022 Festival program (so exciting!) - plus, he has just released a wonderful new album, find out more below. Finally, long-time ally John Crawford, whom many of you will know as an expert producer and presenter from his ABC days, officially joined our team last month taking up the position of Executive Producer. John will relocate from Sydney to Townsville early in the New Year.
Of course, you are also our most important friends and we can't wait to welcome you back to Townsville next July. We will definitely make up for the two year hiatus with some very special treats for you. In the meantime, don't forget to sign up as an AFCM Friend so that you can enjoy early access to the 2022 Program and artist line-up, as well as purchase tickets a month ahead of everyone else - see more below.
Stay safe, stay well. We are observing the lifting of restrictions in southern states with excitement and hope you can all enjoy some long-awaited time with family and friends. They are indeed music that feeds our souls!
The AFCM Team.
Image: Grace Clifford, photo by Andrew Rankin
Behind the Scenes with Piers Lane & John Crawford
People are often surprised when they find out just how much work goes into planning a Festival that ‘exists’ for only 10 days a year. Here at the AFCM we are deep in production mode, working with our Artistic Director Jack Liebeck to secure all the artists, venues and sponsors; and putting Jack's exciting new concepts and initiatives for 2022 into action. We have some wonderful plans up our sleeves, and will reveal them in the new year.
We are also delighted to have John Crawford onboard full-time now as the AFCM’s Executive Producer. John worked at the ABC for 33 years as ABC Classic Network Manager, before that as a music producer, a presenter and immediately prior to retirement, as the Live Music Director with oversight of the hundreds of music recordings for the Network. John and his partner Tim are keen scuba divers and looking forward to exploring the numerous underwater sites off the richly diverse North Queensland coast.
More recently our organisation celebrated the music teachers of our region through a special recital and masterclass with world renowned, Australian classical pianist Piers Lane. Piers returned to Townsville for the occasion to honour the often unsung heroes of our industry, delighting everyone who has known and loved him as a previous Artistic Director of the AFCM.
Thankyou Jack, Piers and John for being part of the AFCM family. x