About the Mackay Chamber Music Festival

The third Mackay Chamber Music Festival a beautiful recital, masterclasses and other special events on 17-18 July, 2021. It brings some of Australia's finest musicians together to play chamber music in beautiful Mackay, Central Queensland.

Hello and welcome to the third iteration (which should have been the fourth…!) of the Mackay Chamber Music Festival! I’m so thrilled that after a cancelled festival in 2020, and a terribly quiet year in the arts in general, we’re able to present this “lite” version of the MCMF in 2021. Due to the ongoing uncertainty of international travel and domestic border closures, this year’s festival will feature one stunning recital, alongside workshops and masterclasses with local musicians and members of the community. 

I’m devastated to say that now I’m based in Germany, and due to international travel restrictions, I won’t be able to be there in person. However, I’m delighted that my fellow members of the Lyrebird Trio, Simon Cobcroft and Angela Turner will be there to present this beautiful recital. Simon and Angela are both some of Australia’s finest musicians and will be sure to blow you away with their artistry in this carefully curated program. 

The MCMF has a strong commitment to delivering high quality music education to the local Mackay community. Local pianists, string players and music teachers will have the opportunity to attend masterclasses and talks held by Simon and Angela, who are both renowned educators, having taught all around the world.  

I’m extremely grateful that the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and CQ University are on board this year as major sponsors of the festival, and as such, will be the venue of this year’s festival. Thank you so much to Judith Brown and all of the staff at CQCM and CQUniversity who have made this a possibility. The last two years of the festival have completely sold out, so having the Con as our “home” enables us to open the doors to more music-lovers and allow for the growth of the festival. We’re so fortunate to have access to a world-class facility, and hope you enjoy the experience. 

Even for a “lite” festival, there is a huge amount of work that has to be done, and I’d like to thank the committee who volunteer to put up with my phone calls and emails most days in the months leading up to the festival! I’m sure there are countless other things you could be doing, but your belief in and time spent on this festival is truly appreciated. Angela Turner has spent countless hours lending her artistic eye and technological prowess to design all of our marketing material, website and content, and I can’t thank her enough for her time and most importantly, friendship. 

A special thanks must go to our major festival supporters, donors and sponsors – the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music and CQUniveristy, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and Macrossan and Amiet. A full list of supporters can be found on this website, and their generosity cannot be overstated. A special mention must also go to Brian Wilson at Piano Care, who has donated his time and skills for the third year running to keep the piano in top condition. If any locals wish to have their instrument maintained over the weekend, be sure to get in touch here.

We still find ourselves living in strange and uncertain times, but I truly believe that period spent away from live performance has made audiences and performers hungrier than ever for music and culture. I know that this isn’t the same festival as in prior years, and I know we’ll be back to a full program in the coming years. However, I assure you this weekend will still have the same passion and incredible artistry you have come to expect from the MCMF. I hope to find a way to catch some of the weekend from afar, and who knows, perhaps I’ll even “Zoom” in…

Please enjoy,



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In 1989 the Queensland Conservatorium of Music established a regional campus in Mackay to deliver tertiary music courses and support the vibrant performing arts community already well-established in Central Queensland. Providing a focal point for professional performance training in classical music, jazz, popular music, drama and music theatre, the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) was incorporated into CQUniversity in 1996.

In 2001, CQCM moved to a purpose-built facility at CQUniveristy's Mackay Ooralea campus cementing our commitment to being a major performing arts training centre attracting students from all states of Australia and overseas.

Since then, the Conservatorium has established industry partnerships with many of Australia's most experienced professional performers, theatre directors and agents, as well as links with international artists, producers, directors and performing arts organisations contributing to its current national and international status.

The MCMF is incredibly appreciative to CQCM for their generous support as Principal Sponsor of this year’s festival. Special thanks must also go to Judith Brown and Simon Pope for making this event a possibility in such a beautiful space.

Management Committee:

President and Artistic Director – Glenn Christensen
Vice- President – John Christensen
Treasurer - Marty Burkett
Assistant Treasurer – Jan Whelan
Secretary – Vicki Christensen
Community Engagement Officer – Belinda Rooney [engagement(at)mackaycmf.com.au]

Members – Prof. Judith Brown, Ros Burkett, Tricia Casey, Lauren Christensen, Carmel Daveson, Sam Torrens, Marilyn Arnold, Fr. Stephen Hanly


Festival Supporters:

Festival Manager - Sam Torrens
Resident Piano Technician - Brian Wilson
Resident Interior Designer - Lauren Taylor Design


Mackay Chamber Music Festival wishes to thank the following sponsors:


Central Conservatorium of Music


Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal FinePrint Music Printing & Typesetting
Macrossan Amiet Solicitors Lauren Taylor Design

Brian Wilson PianoCare


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

Sponsorship packages can be discussed on a case by case basis. Please get in touch with us if you wish to discuss an offer of support.


Thank you.