Today, Queensland Music Festival (QMF) has announced that jazz maestro James Morrison will finish up as Artistic Director at the end of August after leading two incredibly successful Festivals in 2013 and 2015.
The announcement comes hot on the heels of a landmark 2015 Festival, which included 10 international premieres and 13 Australian premieres. More than 130,000 people attended 1,100 performances and workshops from 17 July – 2 August across 26 regions of Queensland, including communities as remote as Birdsville in the west, and Aurukun in the north.
James will now focus on running the new James Morrison Academy of Music in Mount Gambier and performing more in Australia and overseas, as well as continuing to support QMF’s Indigenous programs. James will mentor students at the upcoming Cape York Instrumental Program (CYIP) Band Camp and perform at Jazz on the Green in Palm Cove on 13 September, and at the Yarrabah Band Festival on 14 November.
Working with James has been an absolute joy, and his passion and belief in the power of music to make a difference has delivered some simply extraordinary Festival projects – including the World’s Biggest Orchestra in 2013, and Keys to the City this year which inspired tens of thousands of Queenslanders of all ages to take part in the Festival, as well as QMF’s biggest community production to date, Under This Sky, where 700 Logan locals performed.
As we start the search for a new Artistic Director for the 2017 Festival and 20th Anniversary in 2019, the QMF team is eagerly looking ahead to initiating new projects and building on the amazing success of James’s tenure as Artistic Director.
Thank you to everyone who has been part of QMF this year – partners, audiences, participants, supporters and volunteers. Your support has been very much appreciated and we look forward to working with you in the future.
Queensland Music Festival
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