Reef Talks at the AFCM

Townsville – well, the part of it that I know best – is getting ready for the beginning of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, an annual event now in its 21st year or thereabouts. Its focus is of course the music, but it attracts many interstate visitors and it tries to give them a taste of the tropics while they are here. The Virginia Chadwick Memorial Reef Talk does so by combining two lectures on new Reef science with a ‘water’ themed concert. Here’s what the AFCM says about it:

Virginia Chadwick Memorial Reef Talk

Sunday 28th July, 2013 – 3:00pm C2, Townsville Civic Theatre

The Virginia Chadwick Memorial Reef Talk is a unique event and a Festival highlight. Science and music come together in a stimulating and moving combination. Leading research scientists in the tropical and marine sciences present fascinating findings and recent advances in Great Barrier Reef research supported with film and images. Music programmed by Piers Lane and performed by Festival artists completes an intriguing, entertaining and informative session for all ages.

Presentation 1: Dr Alvaro Berg Soto: ‘How to protect rare species of inshore dolphins in the Great Barrier Reef?’

Presentation 2: Dr Thomas Bridge: ‘The deeper we go, the less we know’ – exploring Queensland’s deep-water coral reefs.


  • Rachmaninoff – 12 Romances Op.114 No.11 Spring Waters
  • Schubert – Die Forelle D550 – Rosamund Illing and Piers Lane
  • Ledger – Processions – Australian String Quartet
  • Schubert – Piano Quintet in A major D667 (The Trout) – Andrew West, Dene Olding, Phil Dukes, Li-wei Qin and Kirsty McCahon

Adult $35, Member $28, Concession $30. Click here to book online or phone 07 4727 9797.

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