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.
ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival (courtesy of organiser)
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.
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."
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.