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Australian Festival of Chamber Music

You’re reading Limelight’s complete coverage of the

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

When

Jul 31 – Aug 9, 2020

WHERE

Townsville, QLD

PROGRAM

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  • Jul 31 – Aug 9, 2020
  • Townsville, QLD

Reviews

★★★★☆ FULL CIRCLE

The musicians bid farewell to Townsville in a celebratory closing gala.

★★★★½ HOMELANDS

An ambitious concert that sought to capture whole worlds.

★★★★★ KLEZMER CONNECTIONS

The AFCM caps off the Sunset Series with a cracker of a concert inspired by Jewish music.

★★★★½ BAROQUE AROUND THE CLOCK 

A smartly programmed conversation between baroque and 20th-century music.

★★★★½ TRACES AND TRANSFORMATIONS

A night of music across the spectrum, climaxing on a surprising note with Schoenberg’s beast – Verklärkte Nacht.

★★★★☆ CZECH IT OUT!

A mournful Popper and happy-go-lucky Copland between two immense Czech works.

★★★★½ OPENING NIGHT CONCERT – CREATIONS

The festival has kicked off with music journeying across multiple continents.

★★★★☆ MAGICAL CONNECTIONS

The AFCM bids a fond farewell to Kathryn Stott’s first Festival as Artistic Director in a lavish, three-act gala.

★★★★½ LOVE LETTERS

Musical love notes written in everything from chansons to tango – and an eight-cello Tristan.

★★★★☆ GYPSIES, PIPERS AND DUKES

Pavel Fischer’s Mad Piper captivates Townsville in a lavish feast of folk-inspired music.

★★★★☆ BACH BY CANDLELIGHT

 Writer Jessica Duchen and violinist Karen Gomyo ensure Bach’s music remains as fresh as ever.

★★★★½ SUBLIME SCHUBERT

Francis Gouton and the Orava Quartet tackle a Schubert mammoth.

★★★★½ FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

A Rolls Royce line up takes a musical Winter Palace by storm.

★★★½☆ BACH BY CANDLELIGHT 

It’s Bach, Jim, but not always as we know it.

★★★★☆ EVENING SERIES – OP 127!

A clever pairing is more than simply programming by numbers.

Why I read Limelight

“As a musician living in the UK but directing a festival in Australia, Limelight Magazine is an absolute must have! I really love the mix of fast news, in-depth features and of course all the info on who is doing what. I frequently take it on my travels, without any doubt, and really enjoy catching up with all events Down Under. Reading it from Europe, Limelight quickly makes any distance disappear and I certainly wouldn’t want to be without it.”

Kathryn Stott
Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Why I read Limelight

“As a musician living in the UK but directing a festival in Australia, Limelight Magazine is an absolute must have! I really love the mix of fast news, in-depth features and of course all the info on who is doing what. I frequently take it on my travels, without any doubt, and really enjoy catching up with all events Down Under. Reading it from Europe, Limelight quickly makes any distance disappear and I certainly wouldn’t want to be without it.”

Kathryn Stott
Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Features

A MUSICAL ROAD TRIP TO TOWNSVILLE

Two musicians making their Australian debut at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Roberto Carillo-Garcia and Rachael Clegg, take a 1,334-kilometre road trip up the Queensland coast, with instruments in tow.

JOHANNES MOSER: ELECTRIC CELLIST

The renowned German-Canadian cellist tells Jo Litson about using visualisation to tackle stress, his electric cello, and balancing the risks from diving and mountain biking with music.

CONNOR D’NETTO: TICKING ALL THE BOXES

Premiering in Townsville, Connor D’Netto’s new string quartet is another step closer to completing a life-long musical bucket list.

KATHRYN STOTT TUNES INTO TOWNSVILLE

The director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music discusses the exciting musical connections in her second program.

LOTTE BETTS-DEAN ON THE WIDE WORLD OF SONG

The Australian mezzo discusses the wide-ranging repertoire she’ll be performing at this year’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

WU MAN ON PERFORMING TODAY’S MUSIC

The Chinese pipa virtuoso talks to Limelight about playing with Yo-Yo Ma for the Clintons, working with composers Tan Dun and Ye Xiaogang, and collaborating across musical cultures.

TINE THING HELSETH: CHAMBER MUSIC IS PART OF EVERYTHING I DO

We caught up with the Norwegian trumpeter in Townsville for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville.

JULIAN BLISS: I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO EXPERIMENT

The versatile British clarinettist talks jazz, Messiaen and why he wants to try his hand at Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto.

GRACE CLIFFORD RETURNS TO OZ

We talk to the Australian violinist, who won the ABC Young Performers Award at 16, about coming home for a string of concerts and debuts.

KATHRYN STOTT ON TAKING OVER TOWNSVILLE

A close friend of Piers Lane, the British pianist admits he will be a hard act to follow. We talk to the AFCM’s new AD about old ideas and new brooms.

ORLI SHAHAM DELVES INTO BRAHMS AND RECONSTRUCTS ADAMS

In Townsville for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the pianist pulls one composer apart and puts the

THE END OF THE PIERS SHOW

As Piers Lane prepares to pass the baton at this year’s AFCM, we look at the life and career of a great Australian pianist.

HARPSICHORDIST MAHAN ESFAHANI ON WHY HE PLAYS SAARIAHO

He realised early that if he wanted his instrument to be taken seriously he had to perform contemporary music.

“CLASSICAL MUSICIANS ARE NOT ODD PEOPLE,” SAYS PIERS LANE

In the lead up to his final AFCM as Artistic Director, the pianist reflects on his 11-year tenure.

TREY LEE: “I DIDN’T WANT TO BE A MUSICIAN”

Dodging bullets on the way to school, music as “competitive cage-fighting” almost turned the Chinese cellist off the

WHAT’S THE DELIUS?

Tasmin Little talks about chicken dinners at the Menuhin school, upcoming performances in Australia and intense collaborations with Piers Lane.

News

AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC 2019 UNVEILED

Pipa virtuoso Wu Man, saxophonist Amy Dickson and cellist Johannes Moser are among the guests on Artistic Director Kathryn Stott’s second Festival program.

AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC 2018 PROGRAM UNVEILED

Artistic Director Kathryn Stott has unveiled her first program for the Festival, with a swathe of new artists, premieres and plenty of old favourites.

AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC ANNOUNCES NEW AD

British pianist Kathryn Stott will take over in 2018 following Piers Lane’s final year at the helm.

TASMIN LITTLE TO HEADLINE 2016 AFCM

The celebrated British violinist joins 34 other world-class soloists in Townsville for this year’s chamber music festival.