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The internationally acclaimed Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) opens THIS FRIDAY in Townsville, North Queensland and promises 10 days of extraordinary music created by some of the world’s best chamber musicians, under the baton of the revered Artistic Director,Piers Lane.

The AFCM runs from 28 July through to August 5 in Townsville. With it, comes a raft of international artists and visitors, chamber music fans from all over Australia, unequalled Wintersun and of course, the music!!

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 27thAFCM 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, his final festival, 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.”


Friday 28/07

7:30pm – James Cook University Opening Night Concert – Beginnings at the Townsville Civic Theatre featuring the world premiere of Matthew Hindson’s String Quartet

“The concert marks the Festival debut of Poul, Orli, Francis, Henk and Francesca. It begins with some of the earliest music we can hear live today, and features a world premiere by our Composer-in-Residence, played by our Quartet-in-Residence,” Piers Lane.

Artists: Poul Høxbro (frame drum, double pipes, pipe & bones, percussion), Genevieve Lacey (recorder), Orli Shaham (piano), Jack Liebeck (violin), Christopher Moore (viola), Francis Gouton (cello), Goldner String Quartet, Henk Neven (baritone), Alice Giles (harp), Francesca Dego (violin), Jiri Barta (cello) and Piers Lane (piano).

Saturday 29/07

10:15am  – Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 1  at the Townsville Civic Theatre

Performances and Piers Lane chats with Cheryl Barker, Peter Coleman-Wright, Prudence Davis, Alice Giles and Henk Neven.

Saturday 29/07

SPECIAL EVENT – 2:30pm – Currajong House Garden Party at the Townsville Heritage Centre

A very special occasion, paying tribute to the past. The concert in the gardens will be followed by a traditional afternoon tea (think scones with jam and cream) and lawn games like croquet, quoits, skittles and bocce.

Artists:  Jack Liebeck (violin), Christopher Moore (viola), Francis Gouton (cello), Kirsty McCahon (double bass), Philip Arkinstall (clarinet), Jack Schiller (bassoon) and Martin Owen (horn).

Saturday 29/07

7:30pm – Governor’s Gala – Fandango at the Townsville Civic Theatre

A brilliant night of extraordinary music.

Artists: Craig Ogden (guitar), Goldner String Quartet, Prudence Davis (flute), Jeffrey Crellin (oboe), Philip Arkinstall (clarinet), Martin Owen (horn), Jack Schiller (bassoon), Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord), Prudence Davis (flute), Jeffrey Crellin (oboe), Philip Arkinstall (clarinet), Jack Liebeck (violin), Francis Gouton (cello), Kathryn Stott (piano),

Goldner String Quartet.

Sunday 30/07

11:00am – Prelude to the Afternoon…  at the Mary McKillop Church

Sensuous French music and German Romanticism at its height.

Artists: Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord), Jack Liebeck (violin), Jiri Barta (cello), Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord),

Alice Giles (harp), Goldner String Quartet, Francesca Dego (violin), Jack Liebeck (violin), Christopher Moore (viola), Francis Gouton (cello), Alice Giles (harp), Prudence Davis (flute), Philip Arkinstall (clarinet), Martin Owen (horn).

Sunday 30/07

FREE EVENT – 3:00pm – Queens Gardens Concert

A stunning afternoon of music.

Artists: Alice Giles (harp), Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone), Barrier Reef Orchestra, Cheryl Barker (soprano), Nexas Quartet, 1RAR Band.

Sunday 30/07

FREE EVENT – 5:00pm – AFCM Winterschool – Young String Ensemble Workshop Performance

St James’ Cathedral – The Young String Ensemble show off their new skills to family, friends and festival patrons.

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