Cham­ber mu­sic fest’s young stars:

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON

TOWNSVILLE’S most tal­ented young mu­si­cians will have the op­por­tu­nity to learn from the best.

The Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic’s Win­ter­school pro­gram will be run by Michele Walsh, the head of strings at the Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic.

AFCM gen­eral man­ager Sue Hack­ett said it was a great chance for some of the re­gion’s tal­ented young mu­si­cians to learn from the best dur­ing the first week­end of the fes­ti­val.

“The fes­ti­val is in­ter­est­ing, it brings about 30 mu­si­cians from around the world to Townsville and many of these peo­ple are very tal­ented and some are the most soughtafter teach­ers around the world,” she said.

“We run two lev­els of teach­ing, one of them is for the lo­cal high school kids, who get a week­end of coach­ing with one of the lead­ing AFCM artists, which is a great op­por­tu­nity. They get to see what it is like to be a mu­si­cian at a high level.”

Win­ter­school stu­dents will per­form a con­cert for a fes­ti­val au­di­ence at Perc Tucker Re­gional Gallery on Au­gust 2.

The Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic will be held from July 31 to Au­gust 8. For more in­for­ma­tion visit afcm. com. au

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

FES­TI­VAL FINE­TUN­ING: Gram­mar School mu­sic stu­dents Michael Car­roll, 14, and Kim­ber­ley Brown, 13, have nom­i­nated for the AFCM’s Win­ter­school pro­gram.

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