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!