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26/07 - 04/08/2019

Artistic Director Kathryn Stott

2018 Special Events

There are a number of special events included in the 2018 program that you might be interested in including an island cruise, Cleveland Bay Supper Club and the AFCM After Party!

THURSDAY 26/07, 7:15PM



The Townsville Cinema Group and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music are pleased to present the Australian premiere screening of Daniel Kutschinski's awarded film “4” (Best Film at Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival 2015).

4 is an independent cinema documentary on one of the world's most exciting string quartets - the Quatuor Ebène.

The film takes viewers along on the quartet’s tour of Italy, gradually drawing them into the ambivalent interactions that have come to characterise the four musicians’ long-standing relationship. Bolzano, Perugia, Florence and Siena, Salzburg and Berlin, form the involuntary backdrop to a piece about relationships and the antagonism between ambition and reality.

The screening will be introduced by AFCM Artistic Director, Kathryn Stott.

94 minutes |spoken languages: French, German, English | subtitles: English



Tickets $13.00 at the Cinema Box Office


SUNDAY 29/07, 3:00PM 

Queens Gardens Concert


Co-presented by Townsville City Council, this hugely popular garden concert has become a firm favourite on the events calendar for locals and visitors alike. Set in the leafy grounds of Queens Park, this 90 minute concert provides audiences with a variety of entertainment – not all of it chamber music. Visiting Festival artists will be joined by local talent including the Barrier Reef Orchestra, Townsville Guitar Orchestra and the 1RAR band. The program includes Karin Schaupp and the Guitar Orchestra performing Gypsy Kings and baritone Roderick Williams performing Hammerstein. Bring your picnic, some chairs and enjoy a truly delightful afternoon in the park. Gates open 2pm.

Free Event

SUnDAY 29/07, 7:00PM

Cleveland Bay Supper Club - Beyond the Blues


Tonight we are really excited to introduce to the Festival a brand new event.  In three parts, our festival musicians will perform jazz, tango and some all-time favourites by George Gershwin. The night includes an Australian premiere, several world first collaborations and the possibility of a surprise guest! Come and relax with wine and substantial canapes in our very first lounge concert. View the Full Menu Here

TUESDAY 31/07, 1:00PM

Orpheus Island Concert


This exceptional day out delivers enchanting music on the remote end of Orpheus Island. Two hours by boat from Townsville, and surrounded by the Coral Sea, Orpheus Island is a beautiful jewel in the Great Barrier Reef. With a five-star resort at one end, and uninhabited beaches at the other, this is a rare opportunity to explore the remote end of the island and take a dip in the water before settling down on the beach to enjoy music performed by Wu Tong, JP Jofre, Julian Bliss, Prudence Davies and Tine Thing Helseth. Substantial catering and wine included.
1:00pm Depart Ferry Terminal
4.30pm Concert
5:30pm Depart Orpheus Island
7.45pm Arrive back at Ferry Terminal


Friday 3/08 10:00PM

AFCM UP LATE - The world comes to Flinders


For the first time in our program, some of our international artists will present a lighter side of AFCM and show their diverse skills away from the concert platform.  The Heritage Exchange opened in 2015 after extensive renovation of the The Exchange Hotel (est 1881), with its longstanding reputation for quality hospitality and live music. Festival artists to perform include Pavel Fisher, Tine Thing Helseth, Kathryn Stott, JP Jofre and Wu Tong.

Free Event

Friday 3/08 1:00PM

Advanced Winterschool Concert


Each year the Festival runs a music education program for some of Australia's finest emerging musical talent. These student ensembles take part in a week of masterclasses, private coaching and development by some of the Festival's visiting artists, which culminates in a special Advanced Winterschool concert. Director of the Winterschool, Pavel Fischer, will lead the groups through an entertaining one hour concert.


SATURDAY 04/08, 1:00PM

Families' Concert - Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose


Choirs and singers from Townsville join with festival musicians to present this entertaining cantata that tells the story of the salvaged King Henry VIII warship.  It combines tudor music and folk songs with well-known sea shanties.  With singers from 7 to 70, this event is not to be missed!

Sunday 5/08, 2:45pm 

AFCM After Party


Although the Festival officially ends on Saturday night, this sensational ‘AFCM After Party’ will make you want to stay an extra day! Brought to you by AFCM and SeaLink, and hosted by Silver Partner Peppers Blue on Blue Resort, this event offers the perfect opportunity to soak up the magic of Magnetic Island, before relaxing ocean side with a cold drink and listening to some beautiful music by Festival artists.

Head over early and explore the island's stunning bays and beaches before making your way to Peppers Blue on Blue at 2.45pm to find your spot on the seaside deck, soak up the sunshine, enjoy a drink or two and enjoy a performance by several artists still standing after AFCM! Last ferry back is not until 11pm so you’ll even have time for dinner at Peppers Blue on Blue. A truly stunning way to close out your time in Townsville.


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