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10 Days to Go – It’s A Numbers Game: The figures behind the Australian Festival of Chamber Music

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With just 10 days to go until the sounds of the internationally acclaimed Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) ring out across North Queensland, organisers have revealed the figures behind the music, and just what goes into delivering a world class event.  The AFCM runs from 28 July through to August 5 in Townsville. With it, comes a raft of international artists and visitors, as well as plenty of chamber music fans from Australia’s southern states, unequalled Wintersun and extraordinary music!! In all…….

10 days

32 events

43 world class artists

19 Advanced Winterschool students

110 pieces will be played

55 amazing volunteers dedicate 1,750 hours to the event

Approx 5,000 kms will be travelled by four cars provided by sponsor Pickerings Autogroup

8 pianos are transported 4,524 kms from Sydney to Townsville via Festival sponsor Theme and Variations.

Approx 28,000 visitor nights are generated for Queensland

And over 16,000 audience members will applaud amazing music

The AFCM this year features a world class program of concerts, collaborations, conversations and masterclasses performed by the world’s best chamber musicians in churches, theatres, gardens and on the stunning Orpheus Island. The final festival for celebrated Artistic Director Piers Lane AO provides a depth and variety of music to entertain everyone.

“As most of Australia shivers through a cold winter, the AFCM will shine the light firmly on Townsville in North Queensland as one of the most spectacular locations for a music event anywhere in the world,” said Justin Ankus, AFCM Executive Director.  “Winter in North Queensland is famed by holiday-makers and sunseekers around the world, with the region averaging 25 degrees each stunning day. Townsville boasts on average 320 days of sunshine each year; and with the Wintersun in July and August particularly magical, it’s the perfect destination for an international event. With one month to go, and tickets still available – now is the time to listen to your inner music lover and come north!”

A lineup of 42 extraordinary artists will perform at the event, including 13 from overseas, and three leading Australian ensembles in the Goldner String Quartet, Orava Quartet (Strings) and the Nexus Quartet (Saxophone). Four international artists will make their Australian debut at the 27th AFCM including Poul Høxbro (Flutes and Percussion) from Denmark, Italy’s Francesca Dego (Violin), Henk Neven (Baritone) from the Netherlands, and from the United Kingdom, Martin Owen (Horn).

Piers Lane said the 2017 program covered a wider range of music than ever before, with his signature of juxtaposing much-loved repertoire with rare and new works peppered throughout the nine days.

“Poul Høxbro will be playing medieval music on the one hand, and on the other, we shall be mounting the world premiere of a new work for string quartet by our Composer-in-Residence for 2017, Sydney-based composer Matthew Hindson, to be played by the Goldners, our Quartet-in-Residence,” he said. “We shall glory in Bach one day and be uplifted by Jake Heggie’s Pieces of 9/11 the next. We shall again take the opportunity for a boat trip to Orpheus Island to view whales and stunning mid-Winter sunsets, and support and celebrate the young artists of the Winterschool on other days.”

Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) was a wonderful nine-day celebration of classical music that brought internationally acclaimed classical musicians, artists and music lovers from across the globe to Townsville.

“The Queensland Government is a proud supporter of the Festival, which is now in its 27th year. The Festival has established a solid international reputation as a result of its distinctive blend of chamber music, programming and experiences, all set against the natural beauty of Townsville in North Queensland.”

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

28 July – 5 August 2017 | Townsville, North Queensland

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