The inaugural Mackay Chamber Music Festival (MCMF) will take place from the 20th-22nd July 2018, bringing to the Mackay Region chamber music performances and workshops of the highest quality. Australian violinist and former Mackay local, Glenn Christensen, is the Artistic Director of the MCMF, and is bringing to the region some of Australia’s finest musicians to perform. These musicians are members of, or regularly appear with ensembles such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Lyrebird Trio, as well as all of the professional major Australian symphony orchestras. All of the festival artists also regularly play at numerous festivals nationally and internationally.
Over the weekend, the festival will feature these musicians in a series of four concerts, held at the beautiful heritage listed Masonic Temple in the City Heart of Mackay. The festival will also include two masterclasses – one for local pianists and the other for local string instrumentalists, lead by the festival artists. There will be a professional development session for local music teachers focusing on pedagogical practices, given by one of Australia’s leading music educators, Angela Turner.