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23 July - 1 August 2021

Artistic Director Kathryn Stott


2021 Festival


23 JULY TO 01 AUGUST 2021

There is no doubt that this is the most unsettling, worrying and challenging time for everyone. With so much uncertainty globally, with so many lives lost, businesses crippled and personal stress and isolation, we hope that your connection to music keeps your spirits high.

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music has been committed to providing unique and transformative chamber music experiences in the tropical setting of Townsville, North Queensland for 30 years; and we are so pleased that the music will continue next year. Yes, we pause for this current year, but the music program curated by Artistic Director Kathryn Stott will now carry over to 10 magnificent days in 2021, from Friday 23 July to Sunday 1 August.

Where artist schedules permit, the line-up of musicians planned for 2020 will also now move to 2021, and we will present to you 45 of the finest musicians from around the world.

So join us next winter for 31 concerts and special events including the hugely popular morning concert conversations, the one-hour sunset series concerts, the full-length evening concerts and the educational and entertaining Winterschool masterclasses.

It really is a unique and magical experience that takes place in a tropical, relaxed and friendly location. We know you’ll be hooked from your very first visit!  


If you had booked tickets for the 2020 Festival, you can transfer your tickets to 2021, please click here for more information.

If you hadn’t booked for 2020, then save the 2021 dates now, sign up to our monthly E-News here, and we will advise you when tickets go on sale.


One of the best ways to support the Festival, stay close to the action and enjoy exclusive benefits is to become an AFCM Friend. You will receive a range of benefits including: 

  • Priority booking for subscriptions, packages and single tickets 
  • Up to 10% discount on all subscriptions, packages and single tickets
  • AFCM Friends breakfast with Artistic Director Kathryn Stott during the 2021 Festival
  • 3 Month digital subscription to Limelight Magazine

Note: If you were an AFCM Friend in 2020 you will automatically be renewed for 2021 and go in the draw to win the Crittenden Wines gift pack.


Kathryn has created a jam-packed program for the 30th Anniversary Festival. Her own love for music began at the age of five, making friends with the upright piano in her living room. At the age of eight she started at the Yehudi Menuhin School where her love for French music was ignited. In the 2021 Festival program, you will hear some French composers including Debussy, Ravel and Fauré (…the musical love of my life!”), some traditional music blended with contemporary and several new commissions and world premieres. It is a joyous potpourri encompassing the most celebrated chamber music repertoire ever written.

We do hope you will join us in 2021.

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