Townsville abuzz about AFCM

Dress rehearsal for the 2015 AFCM Families Concert performance, 'Little Sweep.' The 2017 Families Concert 'Brundibar' will take over the Civic Theatre this August. IMAGE: Andrew Rankin

From an evening concert on the beach of Orpheus Island through to vivacious symphonies in Townsville’s best parks, the iconic Australian Festival of Chamber Music returns this winter with a program full of more incredible talent than ever.

Favourites such as the Queens Gardens Concert are set to return, but another event already piquing the interest of locals and visitors alike is the Families Concert Brundibár. Brundibár (Bumblebee) is a children’s opera about hope and justice, and will feature both international and local talent: including local youth choir, Amadeus Singers.

Families Concert organiser Amy Whebell said the Amadeus Singers formed after the Festival’s Families Concert in 2013.

“The Amadeus Singers started because a lot of local children were involved in the first Families Concert, Noah’s Flood, and loved it so much that Choir Master Anne Milanovic decided to form the group to perform all year instead of just as part of the Festival,” Amy said.

The choir will be accompanied by some of Australia and the world’s most talented musicians, including Gwyn Roberts and James Crabb, in a performance directed by one of the most prominent names on the Townsville arts scene, Madonna Davies.

“There are a lot of national and international musicians involved in the Families Concert and they only get here a week before the concert – so only really have two rehearsals all together, but it always comes together well and sounds amazing,” said Amy.

Experience the Australian Festival of Chamber Music’s Families Concert Brundibár at the Townsville Civic Theatre on 5 August. For a full Festival program and ticketing information, visit afcm.com.au

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