Australia’s premier winter chamber music festival celebrates 24th anniversary with innovative program.

The 2014 programme for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music was launched yesterday with some new additions to the festival experience. These include the performance of the a favourite forgotten string quartet – as decided by a public online vote, a Concert Crawl through three of Townsville’s venues (including a glass of wine and canapés at each) and a world-first concert on Palm Island.

The festival will see musicians from around both the country and the world gather in Townsville for nine days of chamber music from August 1. Artistic Director Piers Lane said that he was “very excited to welcome so many fantastic Australian artists to this year’s programme – but also to complement them with richly experienced international players new to the festival.”

Among the Australian musicians involved are William Barton, Kees Boersma, Daniel de Borah, Neal Peres da Costa, Camerata of St John’s, Diana Doherty, Elena Kats-Chernin (the Festival’s composer in residence) and Pamela Page. Those from abroad include Bram van Sambeek, Alexander Baille, Martin Roscoe, Tasmin Little and Thomas Meglioranza.

Full details on the 2014 AFCM program can be...