Experience the internationally-acclaimed Australian Festival of Chamber Music in picturesque Townsville, featuring some of the finest international and Australian musicians.

At a Glance

  • Enjoy among the best seats for performances of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music
  • Enrich your festival experience with enlivening pre-performance talks and analysis with your tour leader
  • Relax in comfort with four nights’ accommodation in a superior, resort-style hotel located on the Townsville waterfront and the main base of the festival performances

Revel in the festive atmosphere of the North Queensland city during one of Australia’s major performing arts celebrations under the stewardship of Jack Liebeck.

Attend performances over the first four days of the festival and benefit from private daily talks and analysis of the program.

Enjoy superior accommodation in a waterfront resort-style hotel as you soak up the tropical warmth of ‘winter’ in Far North Queensland.

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26 – 30 July 2024 (5 days)

Tour leader

Andy Bromberger

Tour Status



Arrive in Townsville on suggested Qantas flights and make your own way to the hotel. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.

At 4pm, join Andy and fellow travellers for a welcome briefing, followed by an early light dinner at the hotel.

Transfer to the Townsville Civic Theatre for the Opening Night Concert entitled Festival Feelings with a diverse and engaging musical program featuring a variety of musical styles.

Goldner String Quartet, Brett Dean (viola), Piers Lane (piano), Alexandra Raikhlina (violin), Julian Bliss (clarinet), Lloyd van’t Hoff (clarinet), Ana de la Vega (flute), William Barton (didgeridoo), Lotte Betts-Dean (soprano), David Elton (trumpet), David Berlin (cello), Loni Fitzpatrick (harp), Roderick Williams (baritone), Itamar Golan (piano), Umberto Clerici (cello)

Robert Schumann – String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3
Jacques Brel Ne Me Quitte Pas
Percy Grainger Green Bushes: Passacaglia on an English Folksong
Mark HoldsworthHellfire
Maurice Ravel – Petite symphonie à cordes (arr. Rudolph Barshai)
Percy Grainger  – Molly on the Shore


After breakfast, depart for the Civic Theatre for the first of the Concert Conversations. Delight in a panel discussion hosted by Artistic Director Jack Liebeck interviewing Dene Olding, Dimity Hall, Irina Morozova and Julian Smiles of the Goldner String Quartet followed by a performance of the works discussed.

Dene Olding AM (violin), Dimity Hall (violin), Irina Morozova (viola), Julian Smiles (cello)

Franz Schubert – String Quartet in D minor for Strings D. 810 (Death and the Maiden)
Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet in F major Op. 59 No. 1  (Razumovsky)
Aleksander Borodin – String Quartet No. 2 in D major for Strings
Richard Meale‘Cantilena Pacifica’ from String Quartet No. 2
Beethoven – String Quartet in C major, Op. 59 No. 3 (Razumovsky)
Matthew Hindson Nothing is Forever

After the performance, return to the hotel for some time at leisure before returning to the Townsville Civic Theatre in the late afternoon for the first concert in the Sunset Series entitled Spanish Sunset, a captivating musical journey that seamlessly weaves together a tapestry of Spanish and Latin influences.

Joaquín Turina – Piano Quartet in A minor for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello, Op. 67
Isaac AlbenizEvocación, Triana from Iberia
Chick CoreaSpain
Xavier MontsalvatgeCinco Canciones Negras
Manuel FallaDance Espagnole (arr. Kreisler)

Then, enjoy dinner at the Townsville Civic Theatre before the Governor’s Gala concert entitled Angels, Demons and other nasties…

Timothy ConstableLast Shaman
Brett DeanVoice of Angels for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass
Alexandre Tansman La Danse de la Sorcière
Hector BerliozThe Damnation of Faust (excerpts)
Igor Stravinsky Rite of Spring for Piano Four Hands


After breakfast, attend a pre-performance talk by Andy. Then, transfer to St James’ Cathedral for a concert of chamber works, including Brahms’ Horn Trio, renowned for its rich and warm sonorities, and Ravel’s Piano Trio, celebrated for its impressionistic textures and vibrant character.

Johannes Brahms –Trio in E-flat major for Horn, Piano and Violin, Op. 40
Maurice Ravel –Trio in A Minor for Piano, Violin and Cello

After lunch, enjoy some time at leisure before an evening performance at the Civic Theatre. The concert, entitled Schubertiade, forges a captivating musical journey that includes Die Schöne Müllerin, known for its lyrical beauty, and his Quintet in C Major, a classical masterpiece that brings a touch of elegance to the overall experience.

Franz SchubertDie Schöne Mülllerin (arr. Roderick Williams)
Franz Schubert – Quintet in C Major for Two Violins, Viola, and Two Cellos, D. 956, Op. 163


This morning, enjoy a panel discussion in the Concert Conversations series led by Artistic Director Jack Liebeck, including musicians Alexandra Raikhlina, Christian-Pierra La Marca and Roderick Williams, followed by a performance.

Fania Chapiro –Four Miniatures
Al JarreauNot Like This
Georg Philipp Telemann – Fantasia No. 1 in B flat major for solo Violin, TWV40:14
Joseph Achron – Hebrew Melody
Ennio MorriconeCinema Paradiso
Camille Saint-Saëns – Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Op. 166

After the concert, enjoy the afternoon at leisure to relax or explore Townsville at your own pace. Attend a pre-performance talk with Andy before returning to the Townsville Civic Theatre in the early evening for the second concert in the Sunset Series titled Roll over Beethoven.

Frédéric Chopin – Nocturne in C sharp minor Op.27 No.1
Frédéric Chopin – Nocturne in D-flat major Op.27 No.2
Ludwig van Beethoven – Septet in E-Flat Major for Winds and Strings, Op. 20

Enjoy dinner at the Townsville Civic Theatre during the interval between performances, followed by the final full-length performance, entitled Melodius Monday. This musical program weaves a tapestry of emotional depth, creating a rich and nuanced exploration of diverse musical landscapes.

Berwald –Septet for Winds and Strings in B-Flat Major
Stephen Johnson Unquiet Sleepers
Iannis Xenakis Psappha
César Franck – Piano Quintet in F minor

After the concert, return to the hotel for a farewell drinks reception with Andy and fellow travellers.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any additional nights’ accommodation either before or after the tour and travel insurance (strongly recommended).



Per person, twin-share

AUD 4,850

Single supplement

AUD 450

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 2,000

Final payment due

27 May 2024

Tour price includes

  • Accommodation in a four-star superior resort-style hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Gold Member subscriber (Category 1) seats for performances of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine with meals
  • Private pre-performance talks with your tour leader, music specialist Andy Bromberger
  • Transportation on private, air-conditioned coaches
  • Gratuities for drivers and wait staff

Tour price does not include

  • Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure (please contact Renaissance Tours for assistance)
  • Airport porterage
  • Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, room service, etc.
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel:
The Ville Resort and Casino ****+
The Ville is Townsville’s iconic luxury resort and hosts some of the performances of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. The hotel boasts a superior waterfront location and rooms of superior comfort with views of Magnetic Island or the iconic Castle Hill. The hotel features three restaurants, as well as a vibrant bar overlooking the Coral Sea.

N.B. Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.

The Ville Resort and Casino © Tourism and Events Queensland

More Details

Tour code: SB2407

Fitness level: Moderate
Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions here.

Suggested airline: Qantas
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.             

New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to visit Australia.

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