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Queensland Music Festival takes contemporary choruses, classical crescendos and community collaborations to Queenslanders across the state

May 31, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

From 7 – 30 July 2017, over three huge weeks and four weekends, Queensland Music Festival (QMF) will bring a rich tapestry of musical experiences to 24 cities, regions and remote corners of Queensland, showcasing the best of local, national and international talent.

The Festival will offer Queenslanders the chance to hear and be heard, with a focus on discovering and empowering young musicians, bringing quality music to regional communities, and shedding light on current social issues.

QMF will present more than 100 performances and 6 world premieres, including two specially commissioned chamber orchestra performances, Sanctuary and Hang with QYO, the latter featuring renowned percussionist Manu Delago in a tribute to Queensland Youth Orchestra founder John Curro AM MBE. Another highlight will be a bespoke concert featuring a sizzling lineup of musicians honouring Brisbane indie-rock heroes The Go-Betweens and their timeless sixth studio album, 16 Lovers Lane.

An Australian music icon and a proud Queenslander, QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan is using her first Festival at the helm to transform lives through music with a program of inspiring cause-related musical events. You’re The Voice will bring thousands of voices together to sing against domestic violence, and The Power Within will bring together the communities of the remote Isaac Region for two astonishing community performances that will highlight the region’s talent and resilience.

QMF is also offering emerging talent across Queensland the opportunity to shine during the Festival through three incredible programs – Songs That Made Me, On Song and Score IT!. These programs will focus on providing opportunities for emerging female singer songwriters in Gladstone, Mackay and Mount Isa; school-aged regional Queensland musicians; and budding young film composers, respectively. The programs will provide the opportunity to connect and perform with high-calibre mentors including Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch and Leigh Carriage (Songs That Made Me), Jack Carty (On Song) and Cameron Patrick (Score IT!) among others, and will teach skills that will help those involved take the next step in their music career.

In the spirit of taking music to all Queenslanders, acclaimed musicians Louise King and John Morrison will take a light-aircraft to rural South West Queensland to perform Bach to Bush, while award-winning Indigenous artist Dan Sultan’s tour will see him celebrate NAIDOC week in Aurukun, Woorabinda and Palm Island.

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