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Bringing the Festival to you!
In this constantly changing world we find ourselves in, and with no Festival presented in 2020, we turned our attention to bringing the Festival experience to you...digitally. We have shared, and will continue to share a range of video stories with you - some showcase past Festivals, some chat with Festival artists, others feature the beautiful location that our Festival takes place in. And all include beautiful music - using recordings of past Festival concerts, with thanks to ABC Classic.
In addition, with support from our government partners, in particular Tourism and Events Queensland, we presented two online festivals. You can also enjoy the performances from those events here too. So sit back, relax and enjoy some AFCM highlights.
FESTIVAL PRELUDE - Online Festival 1 FESTIVAL OVERTURE - Online Festival 2
AFCM Video Story - Musical Memories
This first video shares a variety of images from the 2019 Festival with music from the Sunday night church concert - a beautiful piece by Charles Koechlin, Épitaphe de Jean Harlow, Op.164 and performed by Amy Dickson (saxophone), Sally Walker (flulte) and Charles Owen (piano). Enjoy!
Our second Video Story shares images from the 2018 Festival with music from Ravel's Rhapsodie Espagnole performed by Timothy Young (piano) and Katya Apekisheva (piano).
Our third Video Story takes us on a journey of all 29 years of AFCM, from the early days when Theodore Kuchar was AD, through Piers Lane's time at the helm and most recently with Kathryn Stott. Enjoy this wonderful timeline of images whilst listening to Jean Françaix's Dixtour for Wind and String Quartet performed on Opening Night of the 2019 Festival.
Our fourth Video Story showcases the stunning location that AFCM takes place in - Townsville, North Queensland. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Townsville, along with nearby islands including Magnetic Island, Orpheus Island and Palm Island, and some of the tropical rainforests just north of Townsville. The music is from last year's Governor's Gala concert - Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F major K370/368b, the first movement, performed by Rachael Clegg (oboe), Elizabeth Layton (violin), Jennifer Stumm (viola) and Timo-Veikko Valve (cello). Enjoy!
This segment allows us to stay connected with the musicians as we get to hear from artists either joining us in 2021 or artists that have previously attended AFCM, and find out what they’ve been up to during this pandemic period. Our first Artist Connection features the talented Yumi Kurosawa. Yumi was an award winning koto star from a young age, and is now one of the world’s most exciting soloists on what is Japan’s national instrument. Her solo repertoire includes classical Japanese compositions, as well as her own innovative and enchanting original works.
Our second Artist Connections takes us to Adelaide to hear from Mark Gaydon, bassoon extraordinaire! Mark will make his AFCM debut next year when he joins us in Townsville for our 30th Anniversary Festival. Mark is an avid teacher of music, has been Principal Bassoonist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra since 2003 and has appeared as guest principal bassoon with the Sydney, Queensland, Tasmanian and New Zealand symphony orchestras.
Our third Artist Connections video takes us to California via China where we hear from Wu Man, recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music. She wowed our audiences in 2019 with her extraordinary talent on the pipa. Wu Man has forged an impressive career as a soloist, educator, and composer; she has toured the world many times and premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa. Enjoy this lovely video from Wu Man where she chats briefly about her fond memories of Townsville and also delights us with a short performance.
Whiling away the hours during the pandemic has enabled us all to listen to more music. So we’ve created an AFCM Spotify account so that we can share a few playlists. We'll bring you more over the coming months, but here's our first one:
AFCM Artistic Director Playlist - this is our Artistic Director Kathryn Stott’s ‘go to’ music selection – of course there’s some Fauré in there, but also some Yo Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble, Tine Thing Helseth (who performed at AFCM in 2018) and a piece by our favourite quartet in residence, the Goldner String Quartet.