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The world’s best chamber musicians were asked to reveal their guilty pleasures – here’s how you can hear them!

Australian Festival of Chamber Music 3 mins read
Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM), British violinist Jack Liebeck

Guilty Pleasures.

We all have them! Here's some you may recognise!


From Jabra Latham’s Kiss From a Rose (made famous by Seal), to Rachmaninov’s Cella Sonata Op 19, Cindy Lauper’s Time After Time, James Horner’s Titanic Theme and Robert Constable’s Slinky Foxtrot Nocturne to Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat,

the artists of the 2024 Australian Festival of Chamber Music will share their guilty musical pleasures in Townsville-Gurambilbarra in just a few months, so it’s time to buy tickets NOW!


In 2022 and his first year as Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM), British violinist Jack Liebeck asked invited musicians to reveal their musical Guilty Pleasure! They did, it was a hit with audiences and three years later, the pleasures haven’t stopped!


Guilty Pleasures are the musical pieces – classical or otherwise – that artists love to play in their own time. In what has become quite the sought-after musical experience, Liebeck has programmed 20 of these performances as part of the famed 10-day event this year.


From 26 July to 4 August, more than 35 artists including 10 international artists, 20 Australian artists and 5 ensembles, will create the music and atmosphere in Townsville-Gurambilbarra for which the AFCM is famed around the world. Fourteen artists will make their AFCM debut and the program includes two world premieres and one Australian premiere.


Here’s the full Guilty Pleasure program:


Friday July 26 2024

JACQUES BREL’s Ne me quitte pas

The Guity Pleasure of famed British Baritone Roddy Williams and famed Australian composer, violist and conductor Brett Dean


Saturday July 27 2024

MATTHEW HINDSON’s Nothing is Forever

Goldner String Quartet: Dene Olding, Dimity Hall, Irina Morozova, Julian Smiles, Matthew Hindson


Monday July 29 2024

AL JARREAU’s Not Like This

Famed British Baritone Roderick Williams


GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN’s Fantasia N0.1 in B flat major for solo violin, TWV40:14

Applauded Russian-born, European based violinist Alexandra Raikhlina


JOSEPH ACHRON’s Hebrew Melody

French born pianist Amandine Savary and Jack Liebeck


ENNIO MORRICONE’s Cinema Paradiso

One of the world’s best cellists Christian-Pierre La Marca and acclaimed international pianist Itamar Golan


Tuesday July 30 2024

KATIE YAP’s Improvisation on Folk Songs

Popular Melbourne violist Katie Yap


JABRA LATHAM’s Kiss From A Rose

One of Australia’s leading oboists Shefali Pryor


Wednesday July 31 2024

CYNDI LAUPER’s Time After Time

Well-known Australian bassoonist Jackie Newcomb and Itamar Golan



Famous Blue Raincoat - Guilty Pleasure

Katie Yap, Itamar Golan


Thursday August 1 2024

ROBERT CONSTABLE’s Slinky Foxtrot Nocturne

Australian born, internationally famed pianist Piers Lane


TCHAIKOVSKY’s Valse Sentimentale

Acclaimed Australian cellist David Berlin



Si Tu Vois Ma Mère - Guilty Pleasure

Applauded UK clarinettist Julian Bliss


VILLA-LOBOS - Bachianas Brasileiras no 5

Rising young Melbourne flautist Anna Rabinowicz



Intermezzo - Guilty Pleasure

Leading American violinist Adam Barnett-Hart, Itamar Golan


ROBERT SCHUMANN’s “Mondnacht” from Liederkreis

Famed Australian cellist Julian Smiles


OLIVIER MESSIAEN’s Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus

Australian violinist and member of the Goldner String quartet Dimity Hall


Saturday August 3 2024

SERGEI RACHMANINOV’s Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19 (III mvt)

Rising UK violist Benjamin Roskams and Amandine Savary


KEITH JARRET’s My Wild Irish Rose

Amandine Savary


JAMES HORNER’s Titanic: My Heart Will Go On

Acclaimed Australian French Horn player Ben Jacks


Australian Festival of Chamber Music

26 July to 4 August 2024 in Townsville-Gurambilbarra, North Queensland

Concert tickets, Festival passes and holiday packages on sale NOW | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | #afcm


Options for full Festival passes include Gold and Gold Plus subscriptions, or pick and choose concerts with a Silver or Silver Plus subscription. Three-night holiday packages are also available now.


AFCM principal partners include Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and Arts Queensland, and Townsville City Council. The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is supported by the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland. The Queensland Government supports the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) through Arts Queensland.



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