About the Mackay Chamber Music Festival

The inaugural Mackay Chamber Music Festival presents three days of concerts, masterclasses and other special events on 20-22 July, 2018. It brings some of Australia's finest musicians together to play chamber music in beautiful Mackay, Central Queensland.

Glenn ChristensenWhen I was growing up in Mackay I was fortunate to be given so many wonderful opportunities and great support by the community. As a way of thanks, I’m now so excited to give back to the community a festival that they can enjoy, feel a part of, and of which they can be proud.

The inaugural Mackay Chamber Music Festival takes place from the 20th-22nd July 2018 and is based in my beloved hometown. This festival has been a long-standing dream of mine, and was formed with the idea of bringing to the region great quality chamber music played by great friends, who also happen to be some of Australia’s finest musicians.

The festival features artists who are members of, or regularly appear with ensembles such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Lyrebird Trio, as well as all of the major Australian symphony orchestras. All of the festival artists also regularly play at numerous festivals nationally and internationally.

Over the weekend, the festival will feature a series of four concerts, held at the beautiful heritage listed Masonic Temple right in the City Heart of Mackay, just a few steps away from great cafes and dining. As well as breathtaking chamber music performances, the festival also gives local students, teachers and ensembles the opportunity to be involved in educational activities, such as masterclasses and professional development events, lead by the festival artists.

Through bringing chamber music out of the concert hall and into more intimate performance spaces, the Mackay Chamber Music Festival aims to foster and develop a feeling of community, friendship and fun, and showcase the vibrant arts scene in the stunning Mackay region.

I invite you to come and enjoy the weekend and immerse yourself in some brilliant music making, friends and fun.

Glenn Christensen


A perfect getaway for families, couples or the single traveller, The Mackay Region can offer natural experiences, fun-filled adventures or pure relaxation with a backdrop of gorgeous scenery and amazing sunsets. Whether it’s inland, on the coast or in the City Centre, see nature come to life with unique and rare experiences in The Mackay Region.
Fall asleep to the sound of waterfalls and wake up surrounded by lush rainforest. Enjoy sunrise with wallabies or sink your toes in the sand at a secluded beach. These are just some of the unique and magical moments you will experience when you visit The Mackay Region.
Explore Australia’s largest sub-tropical rainforest with a visit to Eungella National Park and allow Finch Hatton Gorge to take your breath away. Find a secluded fishing spot to soak up the sun or head out on an exciting ocean adventure to one of the many surrounding islands.
Escape the crowds and discover untouched beaches and islands. Indulge in fresh, local produce at one of the many, friendly restaurants and eateries that offer superb hospitality. Take in the beautiful blue-water views of the Pioneer River. 
Visit any time of the year and you will be able to immerse yourself in the local history and culture and experience exciting entertainment with an extensive choice of events that are unique to The Mackay Region.
So what are you waiting for? Escape the crowds and find your own slice of paradise with a visit that will bring you closer to nature and leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated in The Mackay Region.


For more information, please visit The Mackay Region - https://www.mackayregion.com

The venue for all concert events is the Mackay Masonic Temple - 57 Wood Street, Mackay, QLD 4740



The Mackay Masonic Temple is a heritage-listed Masonic temple which was designed by F.H. Faircloth and built in 1925 by William Patrick Guthrie. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 14 August 2009.

This Temple was built by the first three Lodges to be formed in Mackay, after a devastating cyclone destroyed much of Mackay and the original building in 1918. Those three owner Lodges were Mackay Lodge, formed in 1875, Temple Lodge,  formed approximately in 1880 and Caledonia Lodge, formed in 1886. These three Lodges were formed from England, Ireland and Scotland respectively.

There was a surge in membership of the Order after the Second World War and another twelve lodges were formed in the district; Walkerston, Mirani, Finch Hatton, North Eton, Sarina, Calen, Proserpine and three in Mackay. Many of those Lodges no longer exist and only seven remain - two of them meeting in the Mackay Masonic Temple: Mackay Lodge and Star of the North Lodge.

The Mackay Chamber Music Festival wishes to thank the Mackay Masonic Temple for their very generous donation of the use of this beautiful building over the weekend.

For more information about the building, please visit the Queensland Heritage Register - https://environment.ehp.qld.gov.au/heritage-register/detail/?id=602731
For more information about the Mackay District Freemasons, please visit www.mackaydistrictfreemasons.com 

President and Artistic Director – Glenn Christensen
Vice- President – John Christensen
Treasurer - Marty Burkett
Assistant Treasurer – Jan Whelan
Secretary – Vicki Christensen
Publicity Officer – Anne Thompson
Committee Members – Judith Brown, Ros Burkett, Carmel Daveson, Judy Willey, Kay Hanns, Alison Fenech, Lauren Menzies, Marilyn Arnold, Fr. Stephen Hanly


Festival Supporters: 

Resident Piano Technician - Brian Wilson
Resident Interior Designer - Lauren Taylor Design 


Mackay Chamber Music Festival wishes to thank the following sponsors:


QLD Government Regional Arts Development Fund

Mason and Hamlin Australia FinePrint Music Printing & Typesetting Freemasons QLD Hail Creek Mine Lauren Taylor Design

 Brian Wilson PianoCare

Hal Leonard Australia

Central Conservatorium of Music

Mercy College Mackay

The Mackay Chamber Music Festival is sincerely grateful for any contributions of support. All contributions will assist the delivery of the inaugural festival, as well as supporting its return and growth into the future.

Financial donations can be made via the Australian Cultural Fund. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to discuss an offer of support.

Thank you.