Meet the Masterminds Behind the Festival
The Queensland Music Festival was created to delight the senses and to light a fire of artistic expression. Its goal is to bring superb music to Queenslanders from all walks of life and all over this vast state.
My best memories included the two Rockhampton Choral Symphonies composed by Elena Kats Chernin to the words of Queensland poet Mark Svendsen commissioned by Queensland Music Festival and performed at the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens, The Mornington Island Dancers launching the Festival at dawn in Barcaldine and the Bach Cello Suites performed in Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane in 1999.
I believe Queensland Music Festivals impact on the music culture of Queensland has been to gather diverse musical sensibilities into a meaning, as the great Queensland poet Judith Wright expressed in her poem “Five Senses”.
Now my five senses gather into a meaning all acts, all presences; and as a lily gathers the elements together, in me this dark and shining, that stillness and that moving, these shapes that spring from nothing, become a rhythm that dances, a pure design.
May the muse be with you!
THE HON. MATTHEW JOSEPH "MATT" FOLEY
QUEENSLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL
1999 - 2019
A Homage To Our Queensland Music Festival Artistic Directors