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 proudly hosted Villanova College at Coorparoo. QCMF showcases the very best in music education, 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 festival traditionally occurs during the last weekend of the Brisbane Exhibition in August.
The growth and increasing professionalism of QCMF has evolved significantly. The first festival – conducted in 1991 – attracted a total of 12 schools and colleges delivering 43 ensembles. By contrast QCMF 2017 ran for four days across eight separate venues, welcoming 99 schools and colleges from various locations throughout Queensland, interstate and overseas, bringing with them 530 separate ensembles with 13,479 student performances receiving comments from nationally recognised adjudicators.
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.
QCMF attracts more than 20,000 attendees annually with its success a testament to the selfless commitment of a large band of volunteers and the generosity of its sponsors.