Festival Dates
12th - 15th August 2021 (Thursday - Sunday)

Rules of Participation

Rules of Participation outline conditions of involvement for participants of QCMF. Please careful read over the *NEW* 2020 Rules of Participation.

Section Criteria

Please note that the *NEW* Section Criteria for QCMF 2020 have been altered in some sections.  To assist ensemble directors, we have separated the Section Criteria into individual areas for ease of clarification.  Current Section Criteria may be accessed via the links in the table below:


2020 Choral Section Criteria

2020 Concert Bands Section Criteria

2020 Strings & Orchestra Section Criteria

2020 Guitar Ensemble Section Criteria

2020 Percussion Ensemble Section Criteria

2020 Jazz Band and Contemporary Ensembles Section Criteria

2020 Instrumental Ensemble Section Criteria

Whilst there are proposed day(s) for scheduling outlined on this document, please note this is for initial planning purposes only. These days cannot be confirmed until entries are closed and the scheduling has been completed

Award Criteria

It is important to note that the award criteria used by adjudicators are to provide feedback to an ensemble regarding the ensemble’s performance of chosen repertoire at a particular moment in time.  The award system is not, nor should be, used to make comparisons between ensembles within a section, nor between schools across the festival. Please careful read over the  QCMF Award Criteria.

Expectation of the QCMF Community

Aim of QCMF: Improve the Quality of Music Education.

The QCMF community is passionate about music education. We achieve this aim by coming together to transform hearts and minds through music, in a safe, accepting and challenging educational environment.

We realise that to improve educational outcomes, we need to challenge ourselves and each other to be better reflective practitioners. We do this in a respectful and inclusive manner and by sharing a uniting ethos and a common set of expectations.

(more to come soon…)