CZECH IN F OR FES TIVAL
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.”
PERFECT SETTING: Czech cellist Jiri Barta has arrived in Townsville ahead of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.