The Sydney Seven set to shine at 2018 Australian Festival of Chamber Music

10 days of world class music, premieres and artists: TOWNSVILLE – 27 July  to 5 August 2018

While Queensland may be a fiercely guarded territory during State of Origin, seven of New South Wales’ leading chamber musicians will be made more than welcome at next month’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) in Townsville, North Queensland!

The Sydney Seven will join another 27 internationally acclaimed musicians for the famed music event, one that this year features six world and 16 Australian premieres under new Artistic Director, the highly distinguished UK pianist Kathryn Stott.  The Sydney stars set to shine include percussionist Claire Edwardes, bass player Kees Boersma, viola player Tobias Breider and the highly applauded Goldner Strong Quartet of violinists Dene Olding and Dimity Hall, Irina Morozova on viola and cellist Julian Smiles.

With a musician line-up that reads like the who’s who of the world’s best sound-makers, Stott has delivered on her promise to create a program that celebrates and connects musicians and music from all around the world. Twenty-one artists will make their AFCM debut, and six of these will be performing in Australia for the very first time.

In a stunning coup, Stott has announced that celebrated Chinese musician and master Sheng player Wu Tong will lead the first-time artist lineup. He is joined by Argentina’s JP Jofre (Bandoneon), Lars Anders Tomter (Viola) and Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet) both from Norway, Katya Apekisheva (Piano) from the UK, and the famed Pavel Fischer (Violin) from the Czech Republic who will perform and direct the Festival’s Winterschool.  The 2018 Composer-in-Residence is Melbourne-based Julian Yu, with Stott predicting that his Passacaglia performed by Philadelphia-based violinist Grace Clifford, who at just 20 years of age will be the youngest artist to ever attend the AFCM, will be a festival highlight. Quartet-in-Residence is the musically sublime Goldner String Quartet.


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The 28th AFCM, will take place over 10 glorious days from Friday 27th July to Sunday 5th August, featuring more than 25 concerts and 5 special events, including extraordinary concerts on the beach of Orpheus Island and on Magnetic Island, as well as collaborations, conversations and masterclasses performed by the world’s best chamber musicians in churches, theatres and gardens throughout the North Queensland city. The program includes six morning Concert Conversations, five Sunset Series events, seven Evening Series concerts and Winterschool masterclasses and performances.  New to 2018 are the Cleveland Bay Supper Club Lounge Concert, the AFCM Up Late event titled The World Comes to Flinders, the Dovetailing Barber which is set to be a wonderful event at Mary Mackillop Church, and the AFCM After Party which will be held on Magnetic Island.   AFCM principal partners include; Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and Arts Queensland, and Townsville City Council. The multi-award winning Australian Festival of Chamber Music is recognised as a major event on the Tourism and Events Queensland calendar. The Queensland Government is proud to support the Australian Festival of Chamber Music through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. Queensland, just the place to experience Australia’s best live events.

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