Over three huge weeks from 7 – 30 July 2017 Queensland Music Festival will take over the state, bringing unforgettable music experiences to cities, regions and remote corners of Queensland.

Under Artistic Director Katie Noonan, the 2017 QMF program is as diverse as this great state – showcasing some of the most talented local, national and international musicians across 100 performances, including six world premieres.

The Festival will offer 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.

For classical music lovers program highlights include a performance of The Merry Widow at the ever-popular Opera at Jimbour beside the picturesque Jimbour House. Sanctuary – a moving concert experience exploring the concept of sanctuary and refuge, led by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra and including a world premiere commission from brilliant pianist and composer Joe Chindamo.

Contemporary music will be 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. Further announcements will be made in May.

This year’s Festival is not 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. As part of You’re the Voice thousands of choir members from around the state will come together (live and via video-streaming) to celebrate their love of singing and to help raise awareness of the domestic violence crisis in Australia. For The Power Within we will be working with the local community to create a brand-new musical spectacular celebrating life in the coalfields of the Isaac region.

The QMF education program is well-known and will continue this year with a range of projects to inspire music makers of the future. On Song will see acclaimed singer-songwriter Jack Carty sharing his songwriting know-how with young aspiring musicians in regional Queensland, while Score IT! has us on the hunt for the screen composers of the future.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the full 2017 QMF program in May. Subscribe to QMF eNews and follow QMF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to be the first to hear all about what’s in store.