With two months to go until some of the world’s best chamber musicians land in Townsville for 10 days of music and Wintersun for the acclaimed Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM), already three events have SOLD OUT with more on the verge!
The demand for tickets for this year’s event is a direct reflection of it’s standing on the Australian and world music calendar as a must-attend music experience, and is a tribute to the calibre of artists who are set to star, according to AFCM Executive Director Justin Ankus.
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 on Tuesday August 2 is also sold out. Importantly, there remains only one Gold Festival Pass left for the taking.
“The number of Gold and Silver Passes sold has absolutely surpassed those sold this time last year and we are thrilled at the sold out status of three concerts so far,” he said.
“Following closely is the Convert Conversation with Piers Lane on Monday August 1, as well as the Opening Night, Governor’s Gala, Bach by Candlelight, The Happy Prince and the Concert Crawl which made its debut in 2014 and is starring a firm favourite for this year,” said Mr Ankus.
“With the program featuring a star studded lineup of 35 individual artists from all over the world, six of whom are making their Australian debut, it’s one of the musical events of the year and our sales reflect this.”
The 26th Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) will be held from 29 July to 6 August this year in Townsville; the 10th under the baton of acclaimed Artistic Director Piers Lane AO. Artists and guests alike attend from all over the globe because of the incredible fusion of music, friendship, experience and celebration the event creates.
The music makers of AFCM 2016:
Two celebrated Chinese artists in the charismatic pianist Sa Chen, and the superb cellist Trey Lee lead the artists making their debut in Australia at the AFCM. Others who have never before performed in Australia include Irish superstar pianist Finghin Collins, famed French horn player Hervè Joulain, multi-award winning German violinist Indira Koch, and the acclaimed German cellist Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt.
Returning to what promises to be rapturous applause is Tasmin Little, the effervescent violinist from the UK who so impressed audiences in 2014. She will perform in eight events throughout the festival.
Joining her in returning to the AFCM is internationally acclaimed percussionist and co-artistic director of Sydney’s Ensemble Offspring Claire Edwardes, together with the communicative clarinetist David Griffiths in company with his trio Ensemble Liaison, and one of Australia’s favourite bassists Kirsty McCahon. Bassoonist Andrew Barnes, flautist Bridget Bolliger, violinist Michele Walsh, the gifted and versatile soprano Valda Wilson and one of the most sought after oboists of his generation, Australia’s Nick Deutsch are among other marquee artists.
One of the highlights of pianist Andrew West’s festival program will be his performance with one of the greatest British baritones, Roderick Williams, in Schubert’s masterpiece Winterreise (Winter Journey), while acclaimed guitarist Karin Schaupp will collaborate with the very provocative and charming Australian actor Tama Matheson in the musical adventure special event, Don Juan.
Program highlights include the Opening Night Concert The Trout on Friday 29 July, which promises a musical feast of Ravel, Chopin, Mozart, Haydn and Schubert, followed by the famed Governor’s Gala the following evening, this year titled The Surprise!
Winter Journey, Don Juan, Opus 127 and the exquisite beach concert on Orpheus Island – a stunning tribute to the festival’s place on earth – are all standouts along with the two church concerts, while AFCM’s famed Winterschool concerts and masterclasses ensure the festival involves, engages and celebrates young talent.
The much-loved signature series Concert Conversations, hosted by Piers over six mornings, will give audiences the rare opportunity to engage in chats with many festival artists. Added to this in 2016 is a concert featuring the winner of the prestigious *2016 Sydney International Piano Competition together with AFCM artists.