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28/07 - 05/08/2017

Artistic Director Piers Lane AO

2016 Special Events

2016 Special Events

There are a number of special events you might like to discover during the Festival.

Families' Concert - The Happy Prince

Townsville Civic Theatre, Saturday 30/07, 2:30pm

The Happy Prince is a short opera by Malcolm Williamson based on the enchanting Oscar Wilde fairy tale. The production will be directed by Tama Matheson (Brisbane), conducted by Julia de Plater (Sydney) and feature festival artists including Valda Wilson as the Sparrow, the Tinalley String Quartet, Andrew West and Timothy Young on piano and percussionists Claire Edwardes and Ian Brunskill. It will delight both children and adults and will bring together star AFCM performers and local children and singers from Townsville. One for young and old!

Queens Garden Concert - The 1812 Again!

Queens Garden, Sunday 31/07, 3:00pm

Last year was such a resounding success we had to repeat this wonderful afternoon of music in the park. Co-presented by Townsville City Council and in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the municipality of Townsville, the program includes Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons performed by the effervescent British violinist Tasmin Little, appearances by local groups the Barrier Reef Orchestra and 1RAR band, and will finish with the audience ‘firing the cannons’ in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture! Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy a truly delightful afternoon in the park.

Concert Crawl

Dancenorth, The Old Courthouse Theatre and Masonic Hall, 
Sunday 31/07, 7:30pm

Three great venues and three entertaining performances! The audience will be divided into three groups, with a different program of music and musicians at each venue. The performances last about 30 minutes and at the end of each concert you stroll to the next venue. We look forward to seeing you there for our hugely charming chamber music crawl! 

Orpheus Island Concert

Departs SeaLink Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Tuesday 02/08, 2:00pm

Surrounded by the Coral Sea, Orpheus Island is a beautiful jewel in the Great Barrier Reef. This trip offers an opportunity to experience enchanting music on the remote end of the island. Travel by SeaLink fastcat arriving in the late afternoon with time to explore before enjoying a beach concert featuring Festival artists Roderick Williams (baritone), Bridget Bolliger (flute), Nick Deutsch (oboe), David Griffiths (clarinet), Andrew Barnes (bassoon), Hervé Joulain (French horn) and Claire Edwardes (percussion).

A high level of mobility is required. The concert will take place on a beach and no seating is provided.

AFCM Winterschool - Concert Conversations

C2, Townsville Civic Theatre, Wednesday 03/08, 1:00pm

Piers chats with emerging professionals participating in the 2016 AFCM Winterschool – Advanced Masterclass Program. After discussing past experiences, future ambitions and everything in between, they will perform an exciting program selected by Winterschool Director, Michele Walsh.


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