STRING­ING US ON TO PEAK JOY

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

WALK­ERS on Castle Hill have had a new string in their step as the city pre­pares to host the 25th an­niver­sary Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic.

Af­ter­noon visi­tors to the hill have been treated to mu­sic from lo­cal string quar­tets and bot­tles of wa­ter once they reach the top.

AFCM gen­eral man­ager Sue Hack­ett said the of­fi­cial nine- day pro­gram of events, which will be­gin on July 31, should be the best in Townsville’s history.

“We have pulled out all the stops for our an­niver­sary year; it will be the big­gest and best yet. Mu­sic lovers are get­ting ex­cited about the pro­gram and we are ahead on ticket sales,” Ms Hack­ett said.

“Some events have al­ready sold out but there are still many amaz­ing con­certs avail­able that I’d love Townsville res­i­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Ac­claimed pi­anist Piers Lane, who will re­turn for his ninth year as the fes­ti­val’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, said the event at­tracted mu­sic and cul­ture lovers to the North Queens­land city.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

HIGH CUL­TURE: Townsville string quar­tet Ellen Con­rad, 16, Lucy Fagez, 17, Aliesha Smith, 17, and Sa­man­tha Tibbey, 17, are get­ting ready for the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic with per­for­mances on Castle Hill, fin­ish­ing to­day.

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