Queens Garden concert beamed ’round the world

AFCM Queens Gardens concert hosts, Glenn Mintern and Jugy Higgins-Olsen. IMAGE: Supplied

The annual Australian Festival of Chamber Music Queen’s Gardens concert, held as part of Townsville City Council’s NAFA COVID Safe, took a new twist this year with a virtual concert broadcast in the park and around the world. 

500 locals enjoyed watching the concert on the Townsville City Council Super screen in the majestic Gardens and listened to performances by local groups the 1RAR Band and Amadeus Choir, along with AFCM artists performing from their home cities of Copenhagen, Prague, Sydney and Melbourne.

Local personalities Glenn ‘Minty’ Mintern and Judy Higgins-Olsen presented the magnificent line up of music. 

AFCM Executive Director Gavin Findlay highlighted the event as an opportunity to celebrate the power of music. 

“It was wonderful to see family groups relaxing with picnics under the rain trees knowing that hundreds of others would be tuning in from around the world too.”

“We have been thrilled to work with NAFA and Townsville City Council to present some chamber music concerts, music workshops and our much-loved free community concert in the park this October.”

“We live in uncertain times but look forward to returning with a full festival with international musicians in person when we are able,” said Mr. Findlay.

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