Townsville 26 July to 4 August 2019
Richard and Barbie attended evening concerts at the AFCM from 31 July to 3 August 2019 as guests of the festival – we thank the Director, the Board and the organisers for this generous hospitality and for an outstanding series of musical experiences from Australian and international artists.
The programs for each concert were extensive and varied – as an example here is the final night’s offering:
Ancient Dances (Australian première)
Wu Man (pipa), Robert Oetomo (percussion)
Piano Quintet Op.42 in C minor
I. Poco lento – moderato
II. Larghetto sostenuto
III. Maestoso – allegro – molto risoluto
Kathryn Stott (piano), Goldner String Quartet
Sinfonietta for Double Wind Quintet, Op.188
II. Allegro molto
Sally Walker, Kiran Phatak (flutes), Rachael Clegg, David Reichelt (oboes), David Griffiths, Lloyd Van’T Hoff (clarinets), Ben Jacks, Rachel Shaw (horns), Martin Kuuskmann, Matthew Kneale (bassoons)
Adagio from Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115 D897
Jennifer Stumm (viola) and Winterschool Strings
Danse Macabre (arranged É. Guiraud)
Aura Go, Kathryn Stott, Timothy Young, Charles Owen (pianos)
William Tell Overture (arranged by Roderick Williams)
Aura Go, Kathryn Stott, Charles Owen and Timothy Young (pianos) and friends!
By the Sleepy Lagoon (arranged by Roderick Williams)
Evening concerts were hosted by the redoubtable Christopher Lawrence whose life in music and canny understanding of how to speak to audiences enhanced the concert going experience immensely.
Festival Director Kathryn Stott joined forces (and hands) with Timothy Young on two occasions with a thrilling and virtuosic four hand performance of FRANZ LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 for 4 hands and the closing night rendition for eight hands on two pianos of ROSSINI’S William Tell Overture (arranged by Roderick Williams) with Aura Go, Kathryn Stott, Charles Owen and Timothy Young (pianos) along with a bit of delightful mayhem with other musical friends!
The festival had a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere despite the ‘off the charts’ (as Christopher Lawrence put it) performances of the musicians. The audiences were knowledgeable and generally ecstatic in their reception.
Planning is already underway for 2020 – keep an eye out for it on the website – it’s highly recommended, and the weather isn’t too bad either for those of us from southern climes.