2021 Australian Chamber Music Festival canceled due to COVID

The highly anticipated 10-day Australian Chamber Music Festival event has been canceled due to the fact that Sydney and Melbourne are currently experiencing numerous lockdowns related to COVID.

AFCM organizers have announced that the event – which was due to open next Friday 23rd July 23 and until Sunday August 1 – will not take place with AFCM President Sandra Yates saying the decision to cancel was not taken lightly.

Yates advised “the closures in the Greater Sydney and Victoria area, and border closures in Queensland have left us with no choice but to cancel this year’s festival. We hope to be back in 2022 with an exciting schedule from new Art Director Jack Liebeck, but in the meantime, thank you to our Artistic Director, Kathryn Stott, all of the artists who were scheduled to perform and everyone who has supported us throughout. of this difficult period.

“We will therefore be celebrating the highly anticipated 30th year of AFCM’s musical creation in North Queensland in 2022 with the new artistic director, British violinist Jack Liebeck, taking over from Kathryn. The dates of the 2022 Festival are from July 29 to August 6, 2022.

Good news, the two educational programs that run alongside the main Festival program in the Advanced Winter School and the Junior Winter School, will continue as planned.

Winter school
Luckily, Junior Winter School Principal Lloyd Van’t Hoff made an early trip to Townsville, so the AFCM will still be offering workshops at local Townsville schools and performing two concerts at the regional centers of Charters Towers and of Ayr.

Winter School Advanced Director Adam Chalabi will also travel from Brisbane to Townsville to deliver the 10-day coaching program to higher level ensembles.

Luckily, two other Festival musicians also arrived early in Townsville. Rising violin star Grace Clifford and international pianist Piers Lane will provide expertise and mentorship to students at the Advanced Winterschool.

Three ensembles will come from Brisbane to participate in the development program. They include the Amiti String Quartet, whose members currently study music at the University of Queensland, the Delma Winds Quintet, all of whom study at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, and the Oonoda-Gibson Duo, a recent graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Concert of the Queen’s Garden
Didgeridoo superstar William Barton also landed early in Townsville and will star in the music program of the annual concert in the park, co-presented by AFCM and Townsville City Council. This free event is a highlight of the North Queensland calendar and draws thousands of spectators of all ages.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said she shared the community’s disappointment that the full AFCM program would not go as planned in 2021, but looked forward to the event. take place in 2022, noting “I know the committee and artists have been working hard in the hope that this year’s event will be able to proceed, but the evolving COVID situation in southern states these last days forced their hand.

“Fortunately, the Queens Garden concert and the winter schools can continue.

“The Board remains committed to working with the AFCM committee to ensure that next year’s event can take place.

Yates added “We sincerely thank all of the artists who had so happily signed up to perform this year, especially those who skipped at the last minute, and to Kathryn Stott we extend a huge thank you for what has been done. extraordinary musical leadership since 2018, two breathtaking Festival programs and an unwavering commitment to delivering music to customers over the past 18 months. Our music will continue to play – we’ll see you all in 2022! “

Full details regarding ticket transfers, donations and refunds are available on the website at afcm.com.au

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