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    Children and adults of all ages and sizes will escape to a magical world of classical music at this year’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) when the Families’ Concert presents Benjamin Britten’s Noah’s Flood on Saturday 3 August at the Townsville Civic Theatre.

    Under the artistic direction of renowned pianist, Piers Lane, the Families’ Concert is a not-to-be missed event in this year’s diverse Festival programme, which sees some of the world’s most distinguished classical musicians performing in Townsville from 26 July – 3 August.

    Written for community performance Britten’s Noye’s Fludde Op.59 will see renowned soloist Nicholas Daniel (UK) conducting bass baritone David Hibbard (Australia), soprano Adele Johnson (Australia) the Goldner String Quartet, pianists David Selig (France) and Andrew West (UK), Timothy Constable (Australia) on percussion as well as the North Queensland Recorder Society, local singers, children’s choirs, buglers and many more.

    “The AFCM and Townsville is the perfect setting for ‘Noah’s Flood’. The whole community is getting involved, from helping with costumes to rehearsing the children and finding bugles. It’s exactly what Britten intended and it’s wonderful to provide the chance for so many local musicians and singers to perform alongside AFCM guest artists,’ said Sue Hackett, AFCM General Manager.

    Celebrating 23 years in 2013, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music has an outstanding programme featuring local and international artists performing in the exquisite tropical setting of Townsville.

    The Festival places a strong emphasis on education as well as entertainment, and provides a Winterschool String Ensemble weekend as well as professional masterclasses for emerging musicians.

    Australian Festival of Chamber Music | 26th July – 3rd August 2013 | Townsville, North Queensland www.afcm.com.au | Facebook | Twitter | #afcm13

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