About the Mackay Chamber Music Festival

The inaugural Mackay Chamber Music Festival presents three days of concerts, masterclasses and other special events on 19-21 July, 2019. It brings some of Australia's finest musicians together to play chamber music in beautiful Mackay, Central Queensland.

Glenn ChristensenDear friends and fellow music lovers,

Welcome to the second Mackay Chamber Music Festival! I can hardly believe it’s already been nearly one year since the excitement of the inaugural festival in 2018. I’m thrilled to be back to share in another weekend of community spirit, friendship and brilliant music played by some of Australia’s finest musicians. For those that attended last year’s festival, you might recognise some familiar faces, plus we introduce some new friends into the mix. We’ve also listened to your feedback from last year, and hope this year’s festival will be even more enjoyable than last.

For those that are attending the festival for the first time, or who might even be attending their first chamber music concert, we invite you to sit back, relax, and let the music wash over you, and take you wherever you want to go.

Please have a look around the website to see our program, artists and schedule, and to secure your tickets - they go on sale on March 24th! We also have some exciting events happening outside of the festival weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements.

Please come and join us for a wonderful series of concerts, masterclasses and talks, and I look forward to seeing you in July!

Thank you once again for your support - I really hope that you enjoy this weekend of wonderful 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 

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, Alison Fenech, 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:


Mackay Regional Council | QLD Government

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Mackay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Mason and Hamlin Australia FinePrint Music Printing & Typesetting Freemasons QLD Stewart Kelly's House of Pianos Australian Cultural Fund Lauren Taylor Design

Central Conservatorium of Music

Brian Wilson PianoCare

Mackay Festival of the Arts

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.

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.