16/10 — 24/10/2020
September E-newsletter
AFCM Presents 
Following the success of our very first Online Festival Prelude, we are delighted to bring you more music throughout the month of October. Under the banner of AFCM PRESENTS we will showcase exciting new concerts and events that are still very much part of the AFCM family but that take place outside of core Festival time. The first of which are presented in partnership with the North Australian Festival of the Arts - find out more below.
We also have a wonderful video of memories from our 30 years of AFCM that you may have seen during our Online Festival, but the music and the memories were too good not to share again! There is also a very special performance from two artists in lockdown that you're sure to enjoy.
We hope you are staying well and that music continues to comfort you through these times.
Warm regards,
The AFCM Team.  

 AFCM Presents
We are thrilled to partner with NAFA (North Australian Festival of Arts) to present four special events  in Townsville throughout October:
  • An Evening with Daniel de Borah proudly supported by James Cook University,
    7.30 AEST Friday 16th October, at C2, Townsville Civic Theatre. Buy Tickets Now
  • Daniel de Borah Public Masterclass, 10am Saturday 17th October at C2, Townsville Civic TheatreRegister Now
  • An Evening with the Orava Quartet proudly supported by James Cook University,
    7.30 AEST Saturday 17th October at C2 Townsville Civic TheatreBuy Tickets Now
  • Virtual Queens Gardens Concert presented in partnership with NAFA, hosted by Minty and Judy Higgins-Olsen and proudly supported by wilson/ryan/grose,
    5pm Saturday 24th October in Queens Gardens - Register Here
To ensure social distancing, the two evening concerts will have a maximum capacity of 50 tickets at each. Tickets cost $55 for Adults and $49.50 for AFCM Friends. Both evening concerts will also be live streamed through Melbourne Digital Concert Hall with digital tickets available for $24 - note these concerts will start an hour later for those on Daylight Savings time. Our Virtual Queens Gardens Concert and Masterclass with Daniel de Borah are both free however require registration under COVID regulations.
AFCM Video Story
Through the years
Our festival has been presenting fine music to audiences for 30 years now, so in recognition of that we have compiled a collage of photos from those early days right through to recent times. There are also glimpses of every Festival program ever produced – see how many you recognise, or indeed how many you still have! Enjoy this walk down memory lane while listening to the beautiful music of Francaix’s Dixtour for Wind Quintet and String Quartet performed at the 2019 Festival.
Artist Connections 
JP Jofre & Karen Gomyo
Welcome to the second video in our AFCM Artist Connections series. This time we hear from two artists who wowed us back at the 2018 Festival with their impassioned performances – JP Jofre (bandoneon) and Karen Gomyo (violin). You may have heard them perform this piece if you attended Concert Conversations 4 that year, if not, we’re thrilled to share this ‘performance in lockdown’ with you – JP was in South Korea and Karen in Germany when they filmed this for us. The piece is JP’s own composition Rabbit. Enjoy!
David Greco 
Releases new album 
Australian baritone David Greco will join the line-up of artists heading to Townsville in July 2021 and we couldn’t be happier! David is a masterful performer and has sung in some of the world’s finest concert halls. His new disk of Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin was released by ABC earlier this month. Composed in 1823, it is one of the earliest extended song cycles, and one of Schubert's most important works. David has partnered with pianist Erin Helyard to present a different interpretation of Müllerin that retains all the beauty of the work but also reveals new colour, expression and personality.
Thank you 
For your feedback
We were delighted with your feedback - you told us you loved the concerts (99% rated them excellent or good) and were happy with the quality of the streaming experience. Half of you also viewed some or all of our daily digital content and enjoyed it (73% rated it excellent or good). Your favourite segments were Musical Pets, Musical Melody, Food Moods and the daily Welcome Message by Kathy and the musicians. As for improvements, you suggested more concerts, more musical content and the option to watch the concerts ‘on demand’ after the live stream. We think most of that is possible! Again, thank you for joining us for Festival Prelude and for your generous feedback.
Kuchar Scholarship
Applications are now open! In conjunction with TCC and developed to support young emerging Townsville orchestral musicians with the costs of tuition and professional development.  The scholarship awards a Year 11 student with $4000 over two years. Young musicians should apply now!
NAFA is back in 2020 
Townsville City Council (TCC) is bringing back a modified COVID Safe edition of the North Australian Festival of Arts!
The month-long Festival will showcase a rolling program of arts and culture across the city from 18 September – 25 October. For the full program head to
Festival of Stories
Join Townsville CityLibraries of One Title One Townsville with Tyson Yunkaporta, an Author Talk with Barbara Hannay, in-branch events in partnership with the Animal Care and Adoption Centre as well as the much anticipated Short Story Competition, giving budding authors the opportunity to share their short story and be in for the running to WIN cash prizes!


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