Tickets are now available for the 20th ACSMF Final Concert in the Great Hall of Parliament House! Click for more information and ticket purchase options.
We are pleased to announce that Alexander Lau, from Sydney Grammar School, is the winner of the Festival Fanfare Composition Competition. Richard Gill was very pleased with the standard of submissions and will have a debrief session with all entrants at this year’s Festival.
Lau’s Radiant Southern Cross will be performed by the Combined Festival Brass and Percussion as the opening to our finale concert at the Great Hall of Parliament House, conducted by Richard Gill AO. Parts will be distributed soon to all applicable performers.
Congratulations Alexander on your fanfare!
As the temperature drops in the Nation’s Capital, you will want to have a Festival Beanie or Scarf to keep you warm! Orders open until 22 May.
Musicians and families participating in the 20th Australian Combined Schools Music Festival can now purchase Festival Beanies and Festival Scarves! All items will be distributed upon arrival to the ACSMF. Click here to order.
Canberra’s outside temperature is already into single-digits each morning and evening, so make sure you get in quick and prepare for the weather in Festival style!
Hear why Festival Orchestra conductor Richard Gill AO is looking forward to the 20th Australian Combined Schools Music Festival, now just over 2 months away!
Sheet music for all of the Festival ensembles has been sent to all participating Schools. Happy practicing! A reminder that you can hear audio excerpts of each piece on our Festival website.
Choristers can sing along to learning tracks for their individual part here.
All placement offers for the 20th ACSMF have been sent! Your School Music Department should have received information earlier this week.
You can accept your placement by completing the Student Information Form.
We look forward to seeing you at the 20th Australian Combined Schools Music Festival, 14-17 June in Canberra. Stay tuned for more information!
Nominations are now open for the 20th Australian Combined Schools Music Festival, to be held from 14 – 17 June 2017 in Canberra.
The 2017 ACSMF will culminate in a Gala Concert at the Great Hall of Parliament House. Repertoire will include excerpts from Carmina Burana with conductor Richard Gill AO as well as a selection of other pieces performed by the Festival Orchestra, Festival Concert Band and Festival Choir.
Have your composition performed in the Great Hall of Parliament House!
Entries Close Friday 17 March 2017
The 2017 ACSMF will provide the opportunity for one talented student composer to have their original Fanfare performed as part of the Festival Concert in the Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra.
Length: 1 minute & 30 seconds
Instrumentation: Scored for TWO Brass Choirs and Percussion (Brass section from Festival Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Band)
Brass Choirs are made up of:
Trumpet 1, 2, 3
Trombone 1, 2, Bass Trombone
Horn 1, 2, 3, 4,
There is flexibility in the line-up of the two choirs:
e.g Choir 1 – Trumpets & Horns Choir 2 – Lower Brass
Percussion – up to 6 players
1 X Set of 4 timpani
Standard orchestral percussion
Style: Piece is to be antiphonal in character and based on the opening intervals of Advance Australia Fair.
Difficulty: The piece needs to be playable by student performers with minimal rehearsal time
Submissions: Score to be emailed to ACSMF@cgs.act.edu.au
No later than Friday March 17th, 2017
Sibelius score (version 6 or 7.5)
Score must include all performance markings and directions
Judging: A short list of compositions will be given to Richard Gill AO who will make the final choice.
The successful composition will be rehearsed during the 2017 Festival by Richard Gill and performed from the gallery of the Great Hall, Parliament House, as the opening piece of the Festival Concert.