About the Mackay Chamber Music Festival

The third Mackay Chamber Music Festival presents three days of concerts, masterclasses and other special events on 17-19 July, 2020. It brings some of Australia's finest musicians together to play chamber music in beautiful Mackay, Central Queensland.

Hello and welcome to the third iteration of the Mackay Chamber Music Festival! It’s so wonderful to be back in beautiful Mackay with some of my greatest friends to play some incredible music for you all.

I’m particularly thrilled to be presenting this year’s festival at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music – thank you so much to Judith Brown and all of the staff at CQCM and CQUniversity who have made this a possibility. The last two years of the festival have completely sold out, so having the Con as our “home” has enabled us to open the doors to more music-lovers and allow for the growth of the festival. We’re so fortunate to have access to a world-class facility, and hope you enjoy the experience.

Probably my biggest job as Artistic Director of this festival is programming concerts; this is in equal parts both a huge joy and a challenge, as there’s so much great music to choose from. Thankfully, with the help of numerous people, I think we’ve found a program that will put a spring in your step, a tune in your head and a warmth in your heart. From the celebration of 250 years of Beethoven in our opening concert, tunes galore on Saturday afternoon, incredibly emotional and moving works on Saturday night, to an exploration of the sounds of nature on Sunday afternoon, I’m sure we’ve got something for all tastes.

We’re again delivering on our commitment to music education in the Mackay region, with multiple workshops and masterclasses taking place throughout the weekend and the week prior to the festival - check out the weekend schedule for all the details.

I’m so appreciative of all the hard work from countless people who have made this weekend possible. I’d firstly like to say a mammoth thank you to all the members of the committee who volunteer to put up with my phone calls and emails most days in the months leading up to the festival! I’m sure there are countless other things you could be doing, but your belief in and time spent on this festival is truly appreciated. Thank you to Sam Torrens for agreeing to come back for a second year to manage the festival so smoothly – I really couldn’t do this without you. Angela Turner has spent countless hours lending her artistic eye and technological prowess to design all of our marketing material, website and content, and I can’t thank her enough for her time and most importantly, friendship.

A special thanks must go to our major festival supporters, donors and sponsors – the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music and CQUniveristy, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, donors through the Australian Cultural Fund, and Macrossan and Amiet. A full list of supporters can be found on this website, and their generosity cannot be overstated.

Our lineup of artists this year is astounding, and I’m sure you’ll be blown away by their performances. I hope that we can chat to each and every one of you this weekend – please don’t hesitate to say hello!



A perfect getaway for families, couples or the single traveller, The Mackay Region can offer natural experiences, fun-filled adventures or pure relaxation with a backdrop of gorgeous scenery and amazing sunsets. Whether it’s inland, on the coast or in the City Centre, see nature come to life with unique and rare experiences in The Mackay Region.
Fall asleep to the sound of waterfalls and wake up surrounded by lush rainforest. Enjoy sunrise with wallabies or sink your toes in the sand at a secluded beach. These are just some of the unique and magical moments you will experience when you visit The Mackay Region.
Explore Australia’s largest sub-tropical rainforest with a visit to Eungella National Park and allow Finch Hatton Gorge to take your breath away. Find a secluded fishing spot to soak up the sun or head out on an exciting ocean adventure to one of the many surrounding islands.
Escape the crowds and discover untouched beaches and islands. Indulge in fresh, local produce at one of the many, friendly restaurants and eateries that offer superb hospitality. Take in the beautiful blue-water views of the Pioneer River. 
Visit any time of the year and you will be able to immerse yourself in the local history and culture and experience exciting entertainment with an extensive choice of events that are unique to The Mackay Region.
So what are you waiting for? Escape the crowds and find your own slice of paradise with a visit that will bring you closer to nature and leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated in The Mackay Region.


For more information, please visit The Mackay Region - https://www.mackayregion.com

In 1989 the Queensland Conservatorium of Music established a regional campus in Mackay to deliver tertiary music courses and support the vibrant performing arts community already well-established in Central Queensland. Providing a focal point for professional performance training in classical music, jazz, popular music, drama and music theatre, the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) was incorporated into CQUniversity in 1996.

In 2001, CQCM moved to a purpose-built facility at CQUniveristy's Mackay Ooralea campus cementing our commitment to being a major performing arts training centre attracting students from all states of Australia and overseas.

Since then, the Conservatorium has established industry partnerships with many of Australia's most experienced professional performers, theatre directors and agents, as well as links with international artists, producers, directors and performing arts organisations contributing to its current national and international status.

The MCMF is incredibly appreciative to CQCM for their generous support as Principal Sponsor of this year’s festival. Special thanks must also go to Judith Brown and Simon Pope for making this event a possibility in such a beautiful space.

Management Committee:

President and Artistic Director – Glenn Christensen
Vice- President – John Christensen
Treasurer - Marty Burkett
Assistant Treasurer – Jan Whelan
Secretary – Vicki Christensen
Community Engagement Officer – Belinda Rooney [engagement(at)mackaycmf.com.au]

Members – Prof. Judith Brown, Ros Burkett, Tricia Casey, Lauren Christensen, Carmel Daveson, Alison Fenech, Sam Torrens, Marilyn Arnold, Fr. Stephen Hanly

Festival Supporters:

Festival Manager - Sam Torrens
Resident Piano Technician - Brian Wilson
Resident Interior Designer - Lauren Taylor Design

Mackay Chamber Music Festival wishes to thank the following sponsors:

Central Conservatorium of Music


Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal FinePrint Music Printing & Typesetting Australian Cultural Fund Macrossan Amiet Solicitors Lauren Taylor Design

Brian Wilson PianoCare

Mackay Festival of the Arts

The Mackay Chamber Music Festival is sincerely grateful for any contributions of support. All contributions will assist the delivery of the second festival, as well as supporting its return and growth into the future.

Financial donations can be made via the Australian Cultural Fund. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to discuss an offer of support.

Thank you.