Australian Festival of Chamber Music starts this month

Head to Townsville for fine music making

One of the nation’s biggest celebrations of chamber music and those who bring it to life is set to kick off very soon. The Australian Festival of Chamber Music will take over Townsville from 29 July to 6 August, starring around 35 artists – six making their Australian debuts (you can read all about them here).

Spreading glorious music across churches, gardens, galleries, theatres, and on Orpheus Island itself, the festival is in its 26th year and Artistic Director Piers Lane AO reckons it’ll be a good one.

“The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is extraordinary, not just as a leading musical event in Australia, but for its place on the world calendar; artists and guests alike attend from all over the globe because of the incredible fusion of music, friendship, experience and celebration the event creates,” Lane said in an announcement.

You’ll hear works by composers from Stanhope to Britten, Haydn to Schubert, and everyone in between. Renowned groups including Ensemble Liaison and Ensemble Offspring are set to perform, and they’ll do so in this double celebration of chamber music and the 150th anniversary of Townsville being declared a municipality.

Young musos have had the chance to participate in the AFCM Winterschool under Michele Walsh (read our interview with Michele), and they’ll perform in a concert of their own. You can read details of the full program here. So escape the winter chill and head up north to experience some of the finest music making this country has to offer.

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