Global Travel Media » Blog Archive » North Queensland set to shine this Winter for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Home » Whats On » Currently Reading:

North Queensland set to shine this Winter for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music

April 24, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

Along with the announcement of an extraordinary lineup of music makers for the 27th Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) comes the release of a lineup of exclusive holiday packages, perfect for experiencing north Queensland’s wonderful wintersun. Townsville luckily escaped Cyclone Debbie and is preparing for a wonderful Winter of music!

The internationally acclaimed Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville features a world class program of concerts, collaborations, conversations and masterclasses to be performed by the world’s best chamber musicians in churches, theatres, gardens and on Orpheus Island for nine days from 28 July to 5 August.

2017 will be the final festival for celebrated Artistic Director Piers Lane AO who over his 11 years of artistic leadership has welcomed an extraordinary number of artists and guests to the North Queensland capital for the AFCM, an event which now captures the eyes and ears of the world’s music leaders, and tourism operators

The event is a timely opportunity for Townsville and North Queensland to shine, and boasting 300 days of sunshine each year, it’s guaranteed to do just that! Townsville is nestled amongst a stunningly diverse natural environment located on the shores of the Coral Sea, a stone’s throw from Magnetic Island and a short drive inland to the red sands of the Australian outback. With average Winter temperatures in the low 20s, it is the perfect setting for the most prestigious chamber music event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Festival holiday packages include preferential seating at 3 Festival concerts and 3 nights’ accommodation at special rates. Developed in partnership with SeaLink Queensland and Australian Holiday Centre, the packages feature options across three of Townsville’s leading hotels in Quest Townsville on Eyre, Rydges Southbank and Grand Chancellor Townsville. Packages options include:


Features the glamour of the Opening weekend and three of the Festival’s favourite concerts and is priced from $435 per person twin share or $413 for AFCM Members, includes:

  • James Cook University Opening Night – Beginnings, Friday 28/07, 7:30pm
  • Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 1, Saturday 29/07, 10:15am
  • Governor’s Gala – Fandango, Saturday 29/07, 7:30pm


The final weekend of the Festival is always energetic and entertaining with a rousing Festival Farewell Concert. The package is priced from $419 per person twin share, $399 for AFCM Members and includes:

  • Evening Series – German Romantics, Friday 04/08, 7:30pm
  • Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 6, Saturday 05/08, 10:15am
  • Festival Farewell – Final Jamboree!, Saturday 05/08, 7:30pm


This mid-week package is the perfect introduction to chamber music with three one hour sunset concerts over consecutive days. It is priced from $364 per person twin share, $350 for AFCM Members, and includes:

  • Ray Golding Sunset Series – Bach by Candlelight 1, Wednesday 02/08, 5:00pm
  • Ray Golding Sunset Series – Phoenix Rising, Thursday 03/08, 5:00pm
  • Ray Golding Sunset Series – Sublime Schubert, Friday 04/08, 5:00pm

With more than 30 concerts and special events, clients can choose from specially selected add-ons including:

  • Currajong House Garden Party, Saturday 29/07, 2.30pm, Townsville Heritage Centre
  • Prelude to the Afternoon, Sunday 30/07, 11:00am, Mary MacKillop Church
  • Concert Crawl – Stories and Music, Sunday 30/07, 7:30pm, St Joseph’s Church and St James’ Cathedral
  • Orpheus Island Concert, Tuesday 01/08, 1:00pm
  • Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 4, Thursday 03/08, 10:15am
  • Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 5, Friday 04/08, 10:15am

A lineup of 42 extraordinary artists will perform at the 2017 Australian Festival of Chamber Music, 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.

Comment on this Article:

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Platinium Partnership


Elite Partnership Sponsors


Premier Partnership Sponsors


Official Media Event Partner


Global Travel media endorses the following travel publication