Over three huge weeks from 7 – 30 July 2017 Queensland Music Festival once again took over the state, bringing unforgettable music experiences to cities, regions and remote corners of Queensland.
Under Artistic Director Katie Noonan, the 2017 Festival presented a program as diverse as this great state – showcasing some of the most talented local, national and international musicians across 100 performances, including seven world premieres.
The Festival offered Queenslanders the chance to hear and be heard, with a rich tapestry of musical experiences designed to uncover and empower young musicians, bring quality music to regional communities, and shed light on current social issues.
Opera at Jimbour pleased crowds with a performance of The Merry Widow beside the picturesque Jimbour House. Sanctuary, a moving concert experience exploring the concept of sanctuary and refuge, was led beautifully by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra and included a world premiere commission from brilliant pianist and composer Joe Chindamo.
Contemporary music was featured throughout the Festival with some of the biggest and best names on the local and national scene hitting the stage. Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch and Hannah Macklin will perform the songs that have inspired them at the Tivoli in Songs that Made Me.
This year’s Festival wasn’t just about bringing music to audiences – you are invited to get involved too! QMF is passionate about working with communities to inspire creativity, ignite artistic potential and collaborate on musical projects that will live on long after the final notes have sounded.
For The Power Within QMF worked alongside the local community in the Isaac region to create a brand-new musical spectacular celebrating the power of community and reilience.
As part of You’re the Voice thousands of choir members from around the state came together alongside Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano, Isaiah and special guest John Farnham to help raise awareness of the domestic violence crisis in Australia.
Those who still wish to support the You’re The Voice effort can purchase the Sony Foundation charity single featuring iconic Australian artists Archie Roach, Troy Cassar-Daley, Kate Ceberano, Katie Noonan, Montaigne and Isaiah with all proceeds going to DVConnect who provide 24/7 crisis response in Queensland for those living with domestic or family violence. Buy the single here.
The QMF education program continued this year with a range of projects to inspire music makers of the future. On Song saw acclaimed singer-songwriter Jack Carty share his songwriting know-how with young aspiring musicians in regional Queensland, while our annual program Score IT! shone a spotlight on the screen composers of the future.
2017 QUEENSLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL PROGRAM BROCHURE
The biennial Festival will again delight audiences across Queensland in July 2019.
QMF also runs a series of annual events and programs including the Cape York Instrumental Program, Carol Lloyd Award, Score IT! film composing competition, Youth Touring program and the Yarrabah Band Festival.