Tristram’s Chamber Trifecta

Award-winning trumpet player Tristram Williams will perform three times at this year's Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and says it is the best place to spend winter. IMAGE: Supplied

Tristram Williams’ career is impressive: he is a laureate of international trumpet competitions, has trained under some of the world’s finest musicians, and has been a member of the Australian World Orchestra twice – but despite his busy international schedule, he always has time to return to Townsville.

2017 will mark Tristram’s third year performing as part of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM), which sees him showcase three times across the next week.

Tristram said AFCM was an opportunity to perform and interact with musicians like nowhere else in the world.

“What appeals to me most about the Festival is you get to see so many great, world-class musicians in a relaxed and natural environment – you aren’t sitting in a stuffy European concert hall, you’re in beautiful locations around the city and play with so much freedom,” said Tristram.

“Artistically the event is fabulous; musicians travel from around the world and it’s such a great mixture of old and new music paired with a really nice community vibe. The weather is so nice too, it’s such a great winter Festival.

“I’ve loved playing music since I was a kid; I joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra when I was 21 and was part of that for seven years, then started travelling around and focusing more on solo projects.

“After AFCM, I have a concert back in Melbourne where we will be premiering new music by Liza Lim and Richard Barrett – so while I’m in Townsville, I’ll be rehearsing for that as well as Saturday’s [AFCM Families Concert] Brundibar , so will be quite busy.”

Catch Tristram Williams performing in Bach By Candlelight at the Civic Theatre this Wednesday from 7:30pm; in the Families Concert at the Civic Theatre this Saturday from 1pm; and in the Festival Farewell at the Civic Theatre this Saturday from 7:30pm. Click here for a full AFCM program of events.

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