Mackay Chamber Music Festival

Community Arts & Cultural Development

2019 Mackay Chamber Music Festival

The 2nd Mackay Chamber Music Festival brings to Mackay a series of chamber music performances, workshops, masterclasses & educational events of the highest quality, delivered by some of Australia’s leading musicians.

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Following on from the success of a sold-out inaugural festival in 2018, the 2019 MCMF returns in a bigger and better format. The festival’s four concerts are again being held in the intimate setting of the heritage-listed Mackay Masonic Temple in the centre of Mackay.

The festival showcases 10 of Australia’s (and the world’s) finest classical musicians in a series of performances, masterclasses and educational workshops. The artists featured regularly play with the finest ensembles in the world, such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and appear regularly at festivals nationally and internationally.

In 2019, the festival has expanded to feature more musicians, a wider range of repertoire, and most importantly, a greater reach of educational activities. The expanded educational portion of the festival includes masterclasses for string, piano and woodwind students, as well as workshops for local piano teachers, and community musical groups.

Despite being a thriving regional community with a strong cultural and arts scene, the number of classical music events in Mackay is disproportionally small, and the access to professional quality chamber music is basically non-existent. The MCMF is unique for Mackay, as it provides an opportunity for audiences who have never heard, nor attended live chamber music performances to be immersed in music-making of the highest quality. The MCMF is important, as it fosters community development through the arts and music, and expands the access to and participation in culture in the region. All four concerts are being held in an intimate setting, and in a location that encourages attendance for all members of the community.

The 2019 MCMF places a strong emphasis on lifelong learning by providing educational activities not usually available in the Mackay region. These high quality artistic experiences provide much-needed inspiration for young, regional-based piano, strings and wind students and their teachers.

Such costs this year include: payment of artists for performances and educational activities, payment of piano technician and interior designer; flights and accommodation; piano transportation; insurances; marketing costs; venue related expenses, including lighting and staging hire, as well as other running expenses. Any donation will ensure the continued success of this festival, and enables ticket prices to be kept low so as to encourage as many people as possible to attend.

Your contribution will make a significant difference to the local arts community in Mackay and surrounding regions, and will help make this festival an ongoing success. Please visit our website for all the details.

Following on from the a sold out inaugural Mackay Chamber Music Festival (MCMF) in 2018, the second MCMF will take place from the 19th-21st July 2019, 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, the Berlin Philharmonic, 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.

The MCMF is proud to support the growth of the arts in the Mackay region, and believes passionately in music education. As such, the festival will feature 10 musicians in a series of four concerts, held at the beautiful heritage listed Masonic Temple in the City Heart of Mackay. The festival also incorporates a strong educational element – the festival artists will lead multiple masterclasses and professional development sessions for local strings, wind and piano students and their teachers. Thank you for your support, and we hope to see many of you in Mackay!


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