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2019 Australian Festival of Chamber Music travel, hotels and tickets

March 28, 2019

Holiday packages and hotels announced for the 2019 Australian Festival of Chamber Music

With 320 days of sunshine each year, an average winter temperature of 24 degrees and brilliant blue skies, Townsville in North Queensland is the perfect destination for an internationally acclaimed chamber music festival, one that attracts artists and audiences from much, much colder climes!

The 29th Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) will take place from Friday 26 July to Sunday 4 August in Townsville for 10 days of internationally famed music-making, enjoyed in the spectacular period of winter sun for which the region is famous. Travel and accommodation packages have just been released, and they sound spectacular!

2019 AFCM holiday package customers can save 10% on concert ticket prices and enjoy reserved seating at Festival concerts. There are three exclusive holiday packages to choose from, and the option to stay at one of four premium hotel partners. 2019 Holiday Packages include:

  1. Opening Weekend Extravaganza

This popular package takes in the glitz and glamour of Opening Weekend, includes three of the Festival’s most popular concerts (see below) and is priced from $452 per person twin share ($430 for AFCM Friends). Click here for full price details and hotel options.

  • Opening Night, 7:30pm Friday 26 July, Townsville Civic Theatre
  • Concert Conversations 1 with Kathryn Stott,  10am Saturday 27 July, The Pavilion at The Ville Resort – Casino
  • Governor’s Gala7:30pm Saturday 27 July, Townsville Civic Theatre
  1. Closing Weekend Indulgence

The final weekend of the Festival is a celebration that includes a rousing Festival Farewell Concert with most of the artists still standing taking part in the fun. The package includes three concerts (see below) and is priced from $436 per person twin share ($416 for AFCM Friends).  Click here for full price details and hotel options.

  • Evening Series Concert, 7:30pm Friday 2 August, Townsville Civic Theatre
  • Concert Conversations 6 with Kathryn Stott, 10am Saturday 3 August, The Pavilion at The Ville Resort – Casino
  • Festival Farewell, 7:30pm Saturday 3 August, Townsville Civic Theatre

 Sunset Spectacular

A glorious balance of fine music and winter relaxation, this mid-week package is the perfect introduction to chamber music and includes three one-hour concerts from the Ray Golding Sunset Series (see below). It is priced from $377 per person twin share ($362 for AFCM Friends). Click here for full price details and hotel options.

  • Sunset Series 3, 5:00pm Wednesday 31 July, Townsville Civic Theatre
  • Sunset Series 4, 5:00pm Thursday 1 August, Townsville Civic Theatre
  • Sunset Series 5, 5:00pm Friday 2 August, Townsville Civic Theatre

The four partner hotels for the Festival include:

Rydges Southbank Townsville
Grand Chancellor Townsville  –

The Ville Resort and Casino –

Park Regis Anchorage –

Highlights of the 2019 Australian Festival of Chamber Music include 22 concerts, five free events and four special events including an extraordinary concert on Orpheus Island and two on Magnetic Island. The program includes six morning Concert Conversations, Sunset and Evening Series concerts, inspirational Winterschool masterclasses and performances as well as a new time and format for the entertaining Cleveland Bay Concert.

Some of the Festival’s favourite events include the Opening Night Concert, the Governor’s Gala on Saturday evening, the much-anticipated free Queens Garden Concert and Concert Conversations at The Ville where audiences can get up close and personal with the musicians.

In a move that will be applauded by Australian audiences, the 2019 Composer-in-Residence is emerging talent, Brisbane-born and London-based Connor D’Netto. World premieres by D’Netto and fellow Australian composer Jessica Wells will feature.

In another stunning coup for Artistic Director Kathryn Stott, and in keeping with her musical ace last year in hosting celebrated Chinese musician and master Sheng player Wu Tong, the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man will make her Festival debut. A founding member of the legendary Silk Road Ensemble with celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma, she will be joined by the who’s who of chamber music, with half of the artists making their AFCM debut.

Australian-born, London-based super saxophonist Amy Dickson, Grammy™ nominated twice, returns to the AFCM in 2019. Dickson made history by becoming the first saxophonist to win a Classic Brit Award and the first ever Australian to win the Mastercard Breakthrough Artist of the Year award. Four ensembles will make their way to Townsville for the event including Adelaide-based Australian String Quartet, the Melbourne-based Ensemble LiaisonArcadia Winds (who make their AFCM debut) and the Festival’s much loved Quartet-in-Residence, the Goldner String Quartet from Sydney.

 Australian Festival of Chamber Music

26 July – 4 August 2019 | Townsville, North Queensland

Tickets on sale now at

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10 days, 33 events and 40 world class artists

5 artists making their Australian debut

5 world premieres, 5 Australian premieres, and over 120 pieces to be played

80 composers, 21 alive today

4 female composers featured

18 different instruments showcased

10 winds being played for the first time

8 pianos transported 4,524kms from Sydney to Townsville via Theme and Variations

26 musicians travelling from within Australia

14 musicians travelling from overseas

336,041kms travelled by artists to get to Townsville

2 harps being transported 17,349km

1 double bass being driven 1334kms

1 instrument never played at AFCM before – the Pipa

The youngest ever Composer-in-Residence in Connor D’Netto

And the second festival for Artistic Director, UK pianist Kathryn Stott!

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.

For more information, artist interviews or imagery etc, please contact Kath Rose for the AFCM on 07 3357 9054 or 0416 291 493 or email


Kath Rose & Associates

PO Box 208 Wilston QLD 4030

P: 07 3357 9054

M: 0416 291 493

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