Australian Festival of Chamber Music gets down to the business of music
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) has welcomed leading arts advocate Sue Hackett as Philanthropy Manager.
No stranger to the AFCM, Sue spent four years in Townsville as General Manager, leading five highly successful festivals and is delighted to be returning as its first Philanthropy Manager.
Prior to her role with the AFCM as General Manager, she spent many years in Australia and Europe immersed in orchestral music, opera and artist management, and the lure of chamber music in a festival environment provided the perfect corollary. Passionate about the effect of the arts in regional Australia, Sue believes that the intriguing story of the AFCM has many chapters still to come.
Sue has most recently been with Opera Australia’s Philanthropy Department and will perform her role with the AFCM based from Sydney, focusing on long-term, year-long relationship-building for the event.
“In its 28th year, the AFCM is a shining example of arts success. For many years this event has attracted the world’s leading chamber musicians to Townsville to perform under the magnificent Wintersun for 10 days. There is no other chamber music festival like it in the world,” said Sandra Yates, AFCM Chair. “In order to maintain this success, support through partnerships, donors and festival champions is vital; and Sue is the perfect advocate for this role.”
Featuring six world and 16 Australian premieres and starring more than 35 internationally acclaimed musicians, the 2018 Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) will take place from 27 July to 5 August in Townsville, curated by new Artistic Director, the highly distinguished UK pianist Kathryn Stott. Twenty-one artists will make their AFCM debut this year, with six performing in Australia for the very first time.
Australian Festival of Chamber Music: 27 July – 5 August 2018 | Townsville