This is it! We can now unveil the full Festival program and you can now purchase tickets to the 2020 Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
The program is packed with musical treats including four world premieres, 11 Australian premieres, 2 exclusive commissions, 21 concerts, five special events and six free events! What’s more we have more musicians than ever before joining our 30th anniversary celebrations in Townsville this July.
Our Artistic Director Kathryn Stott has themed it ‘Carnival’ and is excited with the mix of music spanning centuries and continents and recognising the 250th anniversary of Beethoven and the 25th anniversary of the Festival quartet-in-residence the Goldner String Quartet.
The first of our two commissions has Deborah Cheetham AO writing a work in the indigenous language of the Wulgurukaba people as acknowledgment of their culture and the land on which the Festival resides. The piece will be performed on Opening Night by Deborah, Peter Coleman-Wright and the Goldner String Quartet. Our second commission in celebration of the Goldner's 25 years will see 25 of their favourite Australian composers writing variations to Beethoven's Ode to Joy, all to be performed by the Goldners at the Governor's Gala concert on Opening Weekend.
The line-up of musicians is also spectacular. We have 47 artists performing over the 10 days, with four performing in Australia for the very first time. They include young British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason who shot to fame globally after performing at the wedding of Harry and Meghan in May 2018, American violinist Tai Murray, Finnish cellist Jan-Erik Gustafsson and Japan’s Yumi Kurosawa who plays the enchanting 13-stringed Koto, a traditional instrument of Japan.
Other musicians in the line-up include British flute player Adam Walker
, violinists Alexander Sitkovetsky
(Russia), Amalia Hall
(NZ), and Lise Berthaud
(France) and pianist Marianna Shirinyan
(Denmark). Some of the Australian artists include bassist Kirsty McCahon
, Zoe Black
(violin), Tobias Breider
(viola), Mark Gaydon
(bassoon), James Crabb
(accordion), Lloyd Van’t Hoff
(clarinet), Timothy Young
(piano), the Tinalley String Quartet
, the Nexas Saxophone Quartet
and internationally applauded didgeridoo star William Barton
. See the full Artist line-up here.
There are five special events in this year’s program including a day trip to Palm Island, Sunday morning’s Cleveland Bay Concert, the Future Stars Special, An Afternoon with Petroc Trelawny and the AFCM After Party on Magnetic Island. Find out more about all of these wonderful events here
TICKETS ON SALE TODAY
The AFCM Friends priority period has closed which means from 10am AEDT today
(9am here in Queensland) everyone can purchase tickets to all Festival concerts and events. So whether you are after individual concert tickets, a five or ten concert pass, a full season Gold subscription or a relaxing three-night holiday package, they’re all available for you to purchase now.
Some of our limited capacity events will fill fast, so if you are keen to attend the Palm Island Concert, the Sunday night Church Concert, the Future Stars Special, Cleveland Bay Concert or the AFCM After Party on Magnetic Island, please book early.
We also only have a few Gold Plus subscriptions left, so if you want that golden ticket that gets you a seat at every concert and four special events, you better be quick!
for more information about our 2020 Festival Program, the Artists or to book tickets. Alternatively you can call the TicketShop on 1800 44 99 77, or for holiday packages call the Australian Holiday Centre on 1300 799 342.
The AFCM Team.
Did you receive your Festival Brochure?
You should have received the 2020 Festival Booking Brochure in your letter box by now (or your inbox for those of you who graciously opted to receive it electronically). The brochure contains a host of information about the program, the musicians, the special events, and other useful information about Townsville, some day off activities, holiday packages and more. You can access a copy online here
or if you would like a copy mailed to you, please email
or call us on 07 4771 4144. Remember, the full Festival program is now online, as is our Artist line-up.