Over three huge weeks from 7 – 30 July 2017 Queensland Music Festival took over the state, and brought unforgettable music experiences to cities, regions and remote corners of Queensland.
Under Artistic Director Katie Noonan, the 2017 QMF program was 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 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.
For classical music lovers program highlights included 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 included a world premiere commission from brilliant pianist and composer Joe Chindamo.
Contemporary music 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 performed the songs that have inspired them at the Tivoli in Songs that Made Me.
This year’s Festival was 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 came 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 worked 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 continued this year with a range of projects to inspire music makers of the future. On Song saw acclaimed singer-songwriter Jack Carty sharing his songwriting know-how with young aspiring musicians in regional Queensland, while Score IT! had us on the hunt for the screen composers of the future.