23/07 — 01/08/2021
August E-newsletter
Looking Ahead 
For those of you who joined us for our ABC Classic week of concerts and who logged on to our very first Online Festival - we thank you!  We are so very pleased with the response from our wonderful patrons, some who have been before and some who were able to experience the Festival for the very first time.  If you did manage to join us for a concert please take two minutes to complete our survey, we'd love to know what you thought.
Below you’ll find a message from Kathy along with some news about our Theodore Kuchar Scholarship, an upcoming performance by the Goldner String Quartet and more. We hope you enjoy our newsletter!
Warm regards,
The AFCM Team.  

 A message from Kathryn Stott
I hope you are all safe and well. I know many of you reading this will be caught up in the Melbourne lockdown so I’m sending all my positive vibes to those of you living with the new restrictions. Life is indeed fragile right now so it’s equally important to hold onto what makes us happy, gives us comfort and brings an inner smile to our lives while navigating the daily news.
While most of my concerts have disappeared into that unknown place in the sky, I recently had the opportunity to make a video for Guy Johnston’s festival which was sadly cancelled. This took place in beautiful Hatfield House (pictured above), the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth 1 and it was indeed a very emotional moment to perform music once again after 5 months.
I’ve also been working on a recording project with Yo-Yo Ma and we hope to be able to bring this to life in the next few months. Being creative is an integral part of my life whether it’s working at the piano, devising programmes and projects, listening to music and of course thinking about dear AFCM.
However, what I am really missing, is attending performances in person. While we can fill some of that void online, the real buzz of listening and watching in the concert hall is somehow missing. The moment before you walk out on stage and hear the audience chatting - the hush - the applause - the atmosphere of concentration - the excited exchanges between fellow listeners afterwards - the deep breath one takes after a performance - that feeling of sharing is really missing.
I hope our Online Festival gave you a small opportunity to feel part of the AFCM family, but let’s all look forward to the day when we can be back where we belong. Musicians are seriously longing for this day and can’t wait to see your faces when they look out from the stage. I can absolutely guarantee it will be smiles all round!
Image of Kathryn Stott and Katherine Broderick at Hatfield House.
Festival Prelude
What did you think?
Our 3-day online festival closed on Sunday, but not before we presented three feature concerts, three daily quizzes, one Spotify Playlist and 23 entertaining videos. We hope you joined us for some or all of the festival weekend. If you missed any of it, the daily videos are available to view anytime on our website here.
We would love your feedback about Festival Prelude as not only will it help us make improvements for next time, but it helps secure ongoing funding from government partners and sponsors. The survey is very brief and will only take 2-3 minutes. Alternatively, please feel free to email us with your feedback.
Theodore Kuchar Scholarship 
Applications open next week
The AFCM are delighted to announce that applications for the 2020 Theodore Kuchar Scholarship will open next week on Monday 17th August. The Theodore Kuchar Scholarship, supported by the Townsville City Council, has been developed to support young emerging Townsville orchestral musicians with the costs of tuition and professional development.
The Scholarship awards a Year Eleven student with $4,000 to be used to pay for instrumental tuition and/or professional development. Please check our website for more details on eligibility and how to apply.
Support the Festival
Thank you 
Gathering content for our Festival Prelude has confirmed just how much AFCM is held in the hearts and minds of so many. People responded so generously to our request to share their stories - from memories to music, pets (!) to food. A huge thank you to those who contributed, to those who supported the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall concerts, to those who joined in the fun, and to those who made donations. We are grateful for your support.
Australian Ensemble UNSW 
Perform world premiere
The Australia Ensemble UNSW has long been fortunate to have the Goldner String Quartet in its core membership.
Enjoy a vibrant program of Sculthorpe, Beethoven, Puccini, and a world premiere of a new work by Ross Edwards. Join them at the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall on Saturday 15th August at 7pm (AEST).
It's not too late
To buy the Festival Prelude wine pack 
As you may have seen, the musicians who performed in Festival Prelude last weekend spent some time selecting the ideal Crittenden Estate wine to accompany their concerts. The Festival Prelude Wine Pack included a stunning Prosecco (Ensemble Liaison couldn’t get enough of this one), a Shiraz (Kristian Chong’s favourite), a Chardonnay, a Rosato (Italian Rose), a Tempranillo and a superb Pinot Noir (Nexas Quartet raved about this one!). If you would like to try these wines, our sponsor Crittenden Estate Wines are still offering the six pack for 25% off with free delivery. 
Delightful debates 
Composer of Choice?
For our last delightful debate we asked if you had discovered a new piece of music during lockdown, this month we’re keen to hear who your favourite classical composer is. Is it hard to go past the sheer talent of Mozart who produced over 600 works in his short life? Likewise, Bach and Beethoven are revered as two of the world’s greatest composers. Did you know Elgar wrote the main theme for his cello concerto on a napkin after waking up from dental surgery? Who is your all-time hero in the world of music composition? Please jump onto the AFCM Facebook page or Twitter and share your thoughts.
Theme & Variations
We have a long and wonderful association with Theme & Variations Piano Services and cannot wait for them to head north with incredible pianos in 2021.
This year they are also celebrating a milestone - 35 years! Read all about their journey. 
Festival Prelude Spotify Playlist 
As a way of keeping AFCM and the music close to your hearts, we have put together a special Festival Prelude Spotify Playlist. We asked each of the musicians who performed last weekend to share their favourite pieces of music. Take a listen, save it to your playlist and please continue to enjoy the music!
Send Online Festival Pictures
We would love to see any photos you may have taken of yourself, your family,  friends (or pets!) enjoying Festival Prelude last weekend.

We would love to create a gallery to remember our first online festival so please send to or upload them to the comments section of our Facebook post

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