The Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival (QCMF) is the premier event on Queensland’s Catholic Schools and Colleges annual music and arts calendar and is coordinated by Villanova College at Coorparoo. The QCMF is a celebration of all things musical covering a diverse range of genres within the classical and contemporary styles. Performers range from six to eighteen years of age and participate in brass, wind, string, percussion, jazz and choral ensembles including a magnificent combination of these in choirs, orchestras and a variety of bands.
The growth and increasing professionalism of the music festival has evolved significantly. The first music festival conducted in 1991 attracted a total of 12 schools and colleges delivering 43 ensembles. By contrast the 2016 Festival ran for four days across eight separate venues, welcoming 111 schools and colleges from various locations throughout Queensland and interstate, bringing with them 537 separate ensembles with a total of 14,253 student performances receiving comments from nationally recognised adjudicators. It is the single-largest festival of it’s kind in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The QCMF is a not for profit event. Its sole purpose is to provide young performers with an opportunity to showcase their talent within an environment where the quality of their respective performances is adjudicated on the basis of musical expression and the age, maturity, experience and passion of performers. While adjudicators and patrons alike appreciate musical excellence, the true gift of the festival is the opportunity it affords young performers to be the best they can be with the knowledge that their performances are appreciated and adjudicated accordingly.
The festival traditionally occurs during the last weekend of the Brisbane Exhibition in August.
The festival attracts extensive patronage from the local community. It is promoted via the Villanova College website, on local radio, in local newspapers and the Catholic Leader. It is estimated that over 20,000 people came through the gates on the festival weekend in 2016. The significant success the music festival has enjoyed in the past and its future growth and development is reliant on the selfless commitment of a large band of volunteers and the support, professionalism and generosity of sponsors.