28/07 — 05/08/2017
September E-newsletter
Spring is here!
Dear ,
Spring is in the air here in the tropics with the temperature sneaking back up to the high 20’s already, it really is rather glorious! Thank you to everyone who completed our annual survey, we had a 35% increase in response rate, which is fantastic, and will go a long way to helping our funding applications. Your feedback is also invaluable for identifying areas for improvement. The team is busy analysing the data now so will share findings with you next month. In the meantime, don’t forget to lock in next year’s dates, and to tempt you back again please take a look at our Best of the 2016 Festival photo album here.
Warm regards, 
The AFCM Team. 
BEST OF 2016
Where are they now?
Ensemble Liaison 
Ensemble Liaison will collaborate with Katie Noonan at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival in October where they will be performing a new arrangement of Britten's Les Illuminations by Iain Grandage. They are also looking forward to their collaboration with the wonderful mezzo soprano Fiona Campbell for performances at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Ngeringa Farm in South Australia featuring their arrangement of Mahler's Ruckert Lieder which they performed with Roderick Williams at this year’s AFCM.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra 
70th Celebrations
Next year Queensland Symphony Orchestra turns 70 and AFCM Artistic Director Piers Lane will celebrate his 40th anniversary with the Orchestra. Piers will present his famed interpretation of the Moszkowski concerto together with Tchaikovsky and Dvořák under the baton of conductor Enrique Arturo Diemecke in October. For more info click below.   

Nifty Numbers
A quick overview of this year's Festival!
  • 52 amazing volunteers.  
  • 4,988 kms travelled via four cars provided by our sponsor Pickerings Autogroup transporting 59 artists and winterschool students. 
  • 8 pianos transported 4,524 kms from Sydney to Townsville via our sponsor Theme and Variations.  
  • 500 coffees consumed at the AFCM rehearsal venue.
  • 4,800 audience members at the free Queens Garden Concert. 
  • 1 surprise for Piers Lane’s 10th anniversary present in the form of Elena Kats‐Chernin with a special commission titled "Tropical Nights". Watch the video here
BEST OF 2016
Where are they now? 
Bridget Bolliger, Flute (Australia)
After completing some concerts with Andrew West at the Sydney Opera House and the beautiful Ballarat Art Gallery, Andrew and Bridget went on to record Paul Stanhope’s "Phosphoric Variations" for radio broadcast. Bridget and Andrew also did a photo shoot at Palm Beach for their new album in the making entitled "TIMELESS". Bridget is now back teaching and preparing for the boutique style Sydney Chamber Music Festival in Manly (24 - 25 September) where she is Artistic Director.

Medici Concerts 
A blockbuster finale for Medici Concerts with two sensational pianists Freddy Kempf Oct 4 Conservatorium Theatre and Jayson Gillham Oct 9 Concert Hall, QPAC. Superstar pianist Freddy Kempf has sold‐out concert halls worldwide and Australian pianist Jayson Gillham is a rising star on the international scene. For your chance to win a double pass to both concerts email your contact details with AFCM Kempf/Gillham as the subject line to closing date 16 September.
25% off
Julia Lezhneva with the ACO
Get 25% off Julia Lezhneva’s performance with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra on Monday 10 October 7pm at QPAC. Hear one of the world’s most acclaimed sopranos in an impeccable program of Baroque masterworks. To redeem the offer, quote IMPECCABLE when booking online.

TheatreiNQ's HAMLET
William Shakespeare based his most enduringly popular tragedy HAMLET on the Nordic Legend of Amleth, and this year, Director Terri Brabon is taking Hamlet back to his roots with an exciting new production that promises to be a rugged and brutal adventure. Join TheatreiNQ under the Stars as they bring to life this powerful tale of love, life and everything in between. 13 - 25 September, Queens Gardens.   

The Witching Hour 
The Australian World Orchestra has commissioned Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin to compose a concerto for 8 double basses which is a first in orchestral history which will have its world premiere on the 29th September at the Sydney Opera House. AFCM 2016 artist Kirsty McCahon will be performing on Double Bass.

Adam Chamber Music Festival 
Want more chamber music? The Goldner String Quartet, New Zealand String Quartet and Andrew Goodwin (tenor, Aus) are just some of the artists performing at this year's Adam Chamber Music Festival in beautiful Nelson, New Zealand. The 2017 program is now online and tickets are available to purchase.

Chopin By Candlelight 
Don't miss out on a spell-binding evening with Piers Lane featuring popular works by one of the best loved composers of the Romantic era, in the magical atmosphere of a stage bathed in candlelight. Only two performances remain: Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre 4th November and Geelong Performing Arts Centre 5th November.


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