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Famed UK violinist describes North Queensland as a “slice of heaven” in lead up to the Australian Festival of Chamber Music from July 29 to August 8…..

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The world’s leading chamber musicians have packed their bags and are heading to Townsville to command the stage at the 26th Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM)… and mix work with pleasure!

Twelve of the artists are bringing their families in tow to experience some of the Sunshine State’s world-famous icons including the Great Barrier Reef.

Spanning 10 days in Paradise, the AFCM (29 July – 6 August 2016) has long been acclaimed internationally for its musicality, programming and headline artists. Hands-down, it also stakes its claim as the most beautiful place on earth for a chamber music festival.

Artists extending their stay to take advantage of an idyllic ‘winter’ vacation in North Queensland include:

UK violinist Tasmin Little OBE has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists performing on prestigious stages of the world in concert and recital including Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw,  Philharmonie, Wigmore and Royal Albert Halls.  Her most favourite stage of all however is soon to be Townsville during the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, when the wintersun shines bright and warm, the whales celebrate their migration off the coast, and thousands flock to the North Queensland capital for an event that is acclaimed the world over.  And she’s bringing her two children and extended family with her! She arrives in Townsville after working with the finalists in the internationally celebrated Sydney International Piano Competition

Germany’s Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (cello) and Indira Koch (violin), are bringing their four children! Holiday plans include time-out on Magnetic Island as well as a driving holiday to Cairns before the festival begins. The celebrated musicians both have full schedules during the festival, with their children set to enjoy the sights of Townsville while they ‘work’.

UK pianist Andrew West is swapping a London Summer for a North Queensland Winter break, which will still probably be warmer! Andrew is Artistic Director of Nuremberg Chamber Music Festival and performs worldwide.  Fellow pianist and recording artist star Finghin Collins from Ireland has the same plan, and will take time out in Queensland’s north after performing eight times during the AFCM! German-based, Australian-born Soprano Valda Wilson will also take advantage of the superb North Queensland winter sun and enjoy some down-time in the region after performing in six concerts during the AFCM. And Queensland-based violinist Adam Chalabi certainly knows better than to consider any other location on earth to holiday and is bringing his two children to Townsville for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

After holding the position of principal viola of the London Symphony Orchestra for 25 years and now based in China as Professor of Viola at Soochow University in Suzhou, Australian-born Paul Silverthornethoroughly appreciates everything about North Queensland, as a festival location, and as a place to holiday, and will do so appropriately! Head of Piano and Chamber Music at the Australian National Academy of Music and a founding member of the acclaimed Ensemble Liaison, Timothy Young is bringing his two children to North Queensland for the sunshine!

Melbourne-based Australian musical couple David Griffiths (clarinet) and Svetlana Bogosavljevic (cello) are also bringing their child with them for their AFCM performances, a welcome break from the cold winter down south.  Australian Nick Deutsch is one of the most sought after oboists of his generation; playing recitals, concertos and chamber music with equal acclaim. However the list of requests will have to wait after the AFCM, while he and his family enjoy the wonder of North Queensland.

The 2016 AFCM stars a marquee line-up of 35 artists from all over the world, six of whom will make their Australian debut. Importantly, this will be the 10th AFCM under the artistic leadership of the acclaimed pianist Piers Lane AO and will be staged in churches, theatres, galleries, gardens and on the stunning Orpheus Island. And the AFCM team is readying to shine the light firmly on the North Queensland capital as one of the most spectacular locations for a music event anywhere in the world.

Tickets are still available to the majority of events however, sold out events include Concert Conversation 1 on Saturday July 30 hosted by Piers Lane with Finghin Collins, Nick Deutsch, Tasmin Little and Paul Silverthorne, as well as Concert Conversation 3 on Wednesday August 3 with Svetlana Bogosavljevic, Sa Chen, David Griffiths, Indira Koch and Wolfgang Emanuel-Schmidt. The stunning Orpheus Island concert onTuesday August 2 is also sold out as are Gold and Silver Passes!

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (29 July – 6 August 2016) stakes its claim on the line-up of Australia’s best live events staged in the best destinations, as showcased on Tourism and Events Queensland’sIt’s Live! In Queensland calendar. Don’t miss any of the action:

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