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ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival

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by May Cross (subscribe)
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ASPIRE is a world renowned youth music festival, fostering a culture of musical excellence and international connectedness, raising the aspirations of all students who take part. It is open to secondary school concert bands, orchestras, jazz bands and choirs.

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ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival (courtesy of organiser)


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ASPIRE facebook (courtesy of organiser)


Public Performances:
Each participant will undertake a public performance at one of Brisbane's most iconic locations:
Le Festival - Brisbane's French Festival, Southbank
Queen Street Mall Stage
Bulimba Golf Club
Old Government House, QUT

For Schedule and tickets for the public performances, click here.


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John Curro (courtesy of organiser)


Sound Bites:
Yvonne Carr, Festival Director (former Director of Music) said, "For me it is always about the kids. ASPIRE grew out of a dream of mine, a 30-year dream...Travel and competition allow young people the opportunity to achieve greatness and learn about different cultures."

Jamie Wansey, Festival Founder and Founding Director Student Horizons, said, "ASPIRE will raise aspirations and inspire young musicians from around the world. International connectedness and shared learning are core to the festival's vision."

Associate Professor Peter Luff, Festival Artistic Director, said, "It's going to be a wonderful event. I can't wait to see it unfold and I particularly applaud Student Horizons for what they are doing, not just in music, but across the world."

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Gala Finale Concert (courtesy of organiser)


The Gala Finale Concert is an opportunity to present 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed ensembles and watch as the winning schools from each section compete for the John Curro Overall Performance Award and Audience Choice Award. The Royal Australian Navy Band, conducted by Assistant Director Captain Ryan J Nowlin (from "The President's Own" US Marine Band), will close the concert with a special performance.

When: Sunday 9 July from 6pm to 9pm.
Where: Qld Conservatorium, 114 Grey Street, South Bank.
Cost: Chrildren and concessions $5; adults $10; VIP $45.
Website: www.qtix.com.au/qcgu/event/qcgu_aspire_gala_17.aspx

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Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (image by writer)


ASPIRE is held at the world-class venue, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane.
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Why? Raising aspirations of young musicians.
When: Friday 7 July to Sunday 9 July 2017
Phone: 07 3067 3649
Where: Qld Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane
Cost: Free to $45 (most events $5 or $10)
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