CZECH IN F OR FES TIVAL

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VICTORIAVICTOR NU­GENT

I NTER­NA­TIONAL mu­si­cians have be­gun con­verg­ing on Townsville ahead of the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic.

Czech cel­list Jiri Barta was the first of 43 mu­si­cians to fly into Townsville ahead of the fes­ti­val, which will start on Fri­day.

He has ap­peared at fes­ti­vals such as Ed­in­burgh, Kuhmo, Lugano, Newport, and Prague Spring and co­founded the Czech Repub- lic’s Kutna Hora Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

Barta said re­hearsals will start to­mor­row, kick­ing off a packed fes­ti­val sched­ule.

“You get a sched­ule like in school, you’ve got things in the morn­ing through to the even­ing,” he said. “It’s pretty busy.” Barta said he’d al­ready had a chance to spend some time ex­plor­ing the city.

“I’ve been twice be­fore but that was 10 or 11 years ago,” he said.

“It feels dif­fer­ent.

“I re­mem­ber last time I took a trip to Mag­netic Is­land and it was beau­ti­ful so I hope I get a chance to go there for a beach day.”

Barta said the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic was a great event.

“It hasn’t started yet but I can see lots of won­der­ful con­certs, won­der­ful artists … with peo­ple from around the world.

“It’s very im­por­tant for a city like Townsville to have a fes­ti­val for clas­si­cal mu­sic like this.”

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

PER­FECT SET­TING: Czech cel­list Jiri Barta has ar­rived in Townsville ahead of the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic.

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