The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) has announced the postponement of its 2020 Festival until July next year. The AFCM was scheduled to be held from 31 July to 9 August 2020 and was the 30th anniversary of the annual musical extravaganza.

Executive Director Gavin Findlay said the decision to postpone was not made lightly, but thanks to COVID-19 there was no other option available. “It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that the 30th Australian Festival of Chamber Music will not occur in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is, however, only a pause in the extraordinary event’s 30 years of making music in the north,” Mr Findlay said. “The positive news is that rather than cancel what was to be a wonderful music program, this year’s program will transfer to 2021! Where the artist schedules permit, the line-up of artists planned for 2020 will also move to 2021.”

AFCM will therefore celebrate the 30th Anniversary Festival and Kathryn Stott’s final festival as Artistic Director on the new dates of 23 July to 01 August 2021. Stott said while sad the program will not be presented this year, she is pleased to see an opportunity for the artists to perform in 2021 instead. New Artistic Director Jack Liebeck will now begin work in 2022 and will join in 2021 as a guest artist in the concert.

“We sincerely thank every artist who had so joyfully signed on to perform this year and who will join us next year, and to Kathryn Stott, we extend the greatest thank you for what will now be four years of extraordinary musical leadership. Our music will play on – we will see you all in 2021,” Mr Findlay said. All details regarding ticket transfers, donations and refunds can be found on the AFCM website or by sending an email to [email protected].

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