Seven days of Early Music Bliss


Workshops, concerts, masterclasses, great medieval, renaissance and baroque music, a competition and more

The Brisbane Early Music Festival 2020 will take place in Brisbane from 6 – 12 April 2020. The main venue will be the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University at Southbank in Brisbane. The Festival is being run by the Early Music Society of Queensland Inc. and the major sponsor is the Queensland Conservatorium. This website will be updated constantly and new information will appear when each event is confirmed so please keep checking back. Some details will change, so please keep coming back.

We will have daily concerts at 5.30pm or thereabouts (except Easter Sunday) showcasing local Brisbane talent as well as some of our fabulous tutors visiting for the Festival. Most of the concerts will be held at the Conservatorium, but some may be at other venues. This will be on the Concerts page when everything is confirmed which may be late January. Tickets will be available through Qtix and everyone is invited.

The Festival has a strong educational emphasis with several workshops planned. We have some of the best tutors lined up, showcasing our wonderful Queensland teachers as well as colleagues from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, plus overseas guest teachers Brent Wissick from North Carolina, and Polly Sussex from Auckland. There will also be two masterclasses for high school students, one for winds taken by Zana Clarke, and the other for strings, taken by Shannon Luk. Registrations for these masterclasses will open in March.

We’re also running a short story competition in conjunction with the Queensland Writers Centre, with the theme of early music.

School teachers will be delighted to know that EMSQ will issue PD certificates for full time attendees at our workshops.

There will be limited workshop places, so when enrolments open, please sign up soon to secure your place, and visit our Terms & Conditions page for essential information. It’s not too long, so please read it in full.

So, what is early music? For those of you who don’t know, it’s a long-distant part of our European Western heritage. A majority of modern trained musicians (at all levels) have often not been trained in music before the Baroque. Early music starts with the Middle Ages, and travels through the Renaissance and Baroque eras. In addition, early music people tend to play on copies of instruments from the period rather than use modern flutes, pianos, violins and other instruments. This is often referred to as HIP or Historically Informed Performance practice. So early music is usually defined as Western Classical music up to roughly 1800AD. But really it is part of the mainstream continuum of Western music.

This Festival will give a lot of people the opportunity to advance their skills, knowledge and repertoire, while making new friends with visitors who will also take away knowledge of what is happening in Brisbane. Long needed, and very much looked forward to!

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