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Contemporary composer to speak in Noosa

kent afternoon delight 300x400NFA has nabbed one of Australia’s most important contemporary composers to speak at their next Afternoon Delight. Dr Kent Farbach will give a peak into the world of music composition.

He is also an educator and an inventor, a strange combination, but he says the synergies work.

Chairman of the Noosa Federation of the Arts, Meg Lawrence, said “Kent is an exciting explorer of sound. While his work is contemporary it is melodic and evocative.” “He told me that one morning he was standing on Mt Coot-tha, in the still pre-dawn, when he heard the sounds of the city waking up far below; delivery vans, garbage trucks, later joined by the thrum of traffic – all merging into a sound that became the inspiration for his work 'A City on the Move'.“

By the time he was 27 he had published over 30 works. ‘1845: An Irish Elegy’ was awarded the Amadeus Prize Dublin in 1991 out of one hundred international entries. The award was presented to him in Dublin Castle by the Lord Mayor of Ireland and the English and Russian Ambassadors. The work was performed in the National Concert Hall in Dublin the following year and the Sydney Opera House by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1994.

In June 2004 Kent’s chamber work, “Litanies” was premiered at the Noosa Writer’s Festival. He has been commissioned to write a work to be performed in 2015 by Michael O’Loghlin (Queensland Symphony Orchestra).

According to the late Professor Anthony Camden, then Provost and Director of the Queensland Conservatorium, Kent was the most important young Australian composer. One of his mentors was the prolific composer, Richard Mills.

Kent comes from a unique musical family. His father, Rick Farbach, the greatest exponent of jazz guitar according to his peers, wrote the history of the Australian jazz scene in his book 'Cleftomania – a disease that attacks musicians and makes them do strange things'. His two sisters, Pia and Kym are musicians. Pia’s daughter, Stephanie, in her late teens, wrote the anthem for the Northern Territory. And great uncle Phillip had his own orchestra in Vienna but also transcribed for Johann Strauss.

There’s lots more for Kent to divulge. With his vast knowledge and sense of humour, or more to the point, a sense of the ridiculous, we can look forward to a very happy afternoon.

Venue: 131 Shorehaven Drive, Noosa Waters
Date: Friday 26th September 2014
Time: 2.30pm – 4pm

As the venue is a private home bookings are essential: Members $20, Friends and GP $25 Coffee, tea available. Cash bar

Phone Pat Hahn on 07 5473 0809 Visa and Mastercard accepted.

2014 Dame Joan Sutherland Award - Finals

2014 djs jade moffatThe 2014 finals were held on Friday 25th July at Good Shepherd Lutheran Hall, Noosaville. The winner of the $15,000 Dame Joan Sutherland Award and also the People’s Choice Award of $500 was mezzo-soprano Jade Moffat from Toowoomba, pictured left, currently studying in Sydney.

Jade holds a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She has a long list of performances - from 2008 to 2014 - with Opera Queensland and the Queensland Conservatorium. She has also sung in Tel Aviv, where she played Mrs Nolan in Menotti’s The Medium, was soloist with the Barrier Reef Orchestra and alto-soloist with the Sunshine Coast Orchestra, singing in Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus and Gloria.

Runner-up (second) was Petah Chapman, soprano, from Queensland. Petah has completed a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in Advanced Performance, has studied singing techniques and performance training at James Cook University, and has also studied various styles of dance. From 2011 until now she has performed in eight operas with both Opera Queensland and The Queensland Conservatorium. Her Award was $4,000.

The Encouragement Award of $1000 went to soprano Sylvie Humphries from Sydney.

See our Facebook page for more information and pictures.

Pictured above right, Jade Moffat. Pictured below, left to right: Sylvie Humphries, Jade Moffat, Marilyn Richardson (adjudicator), Petah Chapman.

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Invitation to another Afternoon Delight!

Some people chase volcanoes around the world. A rare breed chases opera. The Afternoon Delight this month is Ralph Cadman who will tell of his experiences of chasing opera all over the world. He’ll tell us stories about the operas, the arias, the divas, and performances, good and bad.

Ralph CadmanImage left: Ralph Cadman is a popular lecturer at Noosa U3A.

‘Afternoon Delight’ is a series of talks organised by the Noosa Federation of the Arts designed to delight and enhance knowledge in most things cultural. Ralph is no exception. His is a fascinating story:

Ralph said that he grew up with a love of music but with no musical background. However, the gods were kind. He happened to live close to the Royal Albert Hall which he frequented often, enjoying the music made in this very illustrious place. He saw over three hundred Prom concerts there as well.

After retiring from the City of London as an investment director and lecturer he went to live in Spain. This is where the “operaphile” comes in. With his German companion, the two of them followed opera to fifteen countries in Europe, South Africa, Barbados and New York. Ten years later Ralph sold his Spanish Villa and returned to London and occasional charity work. Six years ago he came to Australia and continued to work for charity. But his story does not stop there.

For the past two years Ralph has been a lecturer at U3A, talking on subjects as diverse as history, economics, on-line share trading and classical music, and weekly classes on Bridge and Opera. Ralph has an enormous collection of opera and aria DVDs which he uses in his lectures. He considers that Dame Joan Sutherland had one of the most fantastic voices and presence on the Opera stage, as did Pavarotti. His collection holds several DVDs and books on the Dame. Hopefully we’ll be able to see and hear some.

If you want to meet Ralph and hear more of his fascinating musical adventures come along on Friday 21st March 2014 from 2.30 – 4pm. As this is a private home, seating is limited, so we advise you to book early. There will be no door sales. The previous Afternoon Delights have been oversubscribed and some friends, and even members, have had to miss out on a delightful afternoon. We ask the ladies not to wear stiletto heels. Tea, coffee and cakes are provided, but champagne can be purchased.

Time: 2.30 – 4pm
Date: Friday 21st March 2014 from 2.30 – 4pm
Venue: 3/3 Pilchers Gap, Sunshine Beach
Tickets: $20 Members $25 friends
Bookings : Pat Hahn 5473 0809

Dame Joan Sutherland Award 2014

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Dame Joan Sutherland Award 2014

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Chairman's Report

Good evening ladies and gentlemen - members and friends.

A little history for those who are new…

We were established in 1989 as Noosa Arts Foundation, working under the umbrella of the Noosa Regional Gallery, but we had to change our name because no one had endowed us with either a building or a trust fund. Our honorary solicitor, Michael Richardson, suggested we change it to Noosa Federation of the Arts, federation meaning pillars - 4 pillars of Music, Art, Dance and Avant Gard.

We became an entity when we became incorported on the 9th november, 1990. Just after our incorporation, i asked a friend, Gillian Murray, now Gillian Helfgott, to do our astrological chart and numbers. She was gifted in this area. Her reply was that it was a pity we had been incorporated on the 9th as it showed we had a hard road to hoe, and that we would definitely not get our desired purpose building. It all proved to be true. We have had to work very hard for every dollar earned, and i thank my loyal committee members over the years for their tenacity and their help above and beyond the call of duty – particularly Pat Hahn. Pat, apart from Bert Wansley, is our longest serving member and our hardest working.

Then came the battle for tax deductability. We have our honorary solicitor, Michael Richardson, to thank for this. It was the most drawn out bureaucratic battle with Canberra. They kept saying we didn’t fit the model of being a museum or an art gallery. Of course we didn’t! We were, and are, unique in Australia. We were a museum, art gallery, film club, dance organisation, music and theatre, and more, all rolled into one. Canberra was bemused. But eventually through a bright person in Canberra, Ruby Smith, we finally won. After more than a year, ‘we did it’!

I am going to recount what our merry band has achieved over the years. Most of yu have heard it before, but our first break came when we met Professor Anthony Camden, the then Provost and Director of the Queensland Conservatorium and he agreed to become our artistic advisor. He, in turn, ‘apropriated’ Sir Neville Marriner as our patron.

Anthony was instrumental in our being able to present, here in Noosa, the entire Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Braithwaite, and featuring Xong Dong Kong, the winner of the 5th Sydney International Piano Competition, followed by Piers Lane, Jane Rutter, two thirteen year old pianist prodigies from the Hong Kong Academy, Sir Neville Marriner in person, the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra on four different occasions for our Strauss Balls.

We had black tie dinners at the Sheraton for visiting artists to The Con (one was Piers Lane who was unknown to Noosa at the time!) and then we had one of the most magical experiences. The John Nixon Singers with The Camerata Of St John singing The Maria Mass. Unfortunately an audience of only about one hundred witnessed it. Half as many as was on stage. The audience was hypnotised by the event. I recall looking around and seeing the audience on their feet, hands clasped, with tears of joy/ rapture streaming down many of the faces, and while it might seem fanciful, I was trasported into a space like a chapel with stained glass windows behind them against the grey walls. That experience has never left me. We Queensland-premiered the film ‘Love’s Theme’, winner of The Palm D’or in Cannes, showed the 32 films by Glen Gould, Tales Of The Vienna Woods, held specially-curated art exhibitions at The Gallery, one specially curated by Arthyr Boyd, which Merton Chambers organised for us. And there are many more including a series of jazz concerts with The Storyeville Quartet.

We have had many other events over the years, including our Afternoon Delights. But what I am most proud of is what our small band of merry men has achieved, with your moral and financial support.

First of all, The Dame Joan Sutherland Vocal Competition Award. This is run by a standing committee which Susan Beaver took over as chair some years ago and has made sure everything runs smoothly since - not an easy task when you have 29 auditionees, all wanting to audition at the same time, or altering because of flights or other comitments. It is a nightmare that you wouldn’t wish on your best friend. But she has done it, uncomplainingly, and in doing so has made friends and kept in touch with most of the contestants, and all of the winners.

We have The Year 12 Graduate Incentives at the high schools in the Noosa area each receiving an award valued at $300. In 2000 we endeavoured to hold a jazz competition to honour long time member, Rick Farbach. Ralphe Rickman was the chairman of this committee. However it didn’t get off the ground as such but became The Rick Farbach Scholarship For A Young Jazz Musician which is held annually at Immanuel College, with prize money now of $600.

Under the watchfull and experienced eye of Iain Maclean, Chairman of The Schools Instrument Bank, we have acquired three cellos, a violin, and the Hofmann pearl flute for use by talented school children. These instruments are a better quality than obtained from the school bank. Why do we do this? Many times gifted students will give up playing because they do not realise they are restricted by the quality of the instrument they are playing. Even a bow can do damage to a student’s confidence. We have either been donated, or bought instruments of worth for the students’ use. And they have made a difference, on the professional side, we have purchased a $33,000 Capellini cello, the last one made by Roberto Capellini when he was 80. It is a beautiful instrument and is currently on loan to 18 year old young Davis Freisberg who is playing with The Queensland Youth Orchesta and doing stints with The Queensland Symphony Orchestra and, I believe, The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

And also we have the $20,000 Prima Vera violin which is currently being rested. Both instruments were made in the home of stringed instruments, Cremona in Italy.
So I guess we’ve raised about $75,000 for instruments and the ongoing $15,000 a year for incentives and of course the bi-annual $30,000 minimum for Dame Joan - so we have raised a total of around $125,000.

Thank you for your help. We will hold the Dame Joan Award as part of The Noosa Long Weekend in 2014 but only because of the kind sponsorship of Lorraine Copley and the amounts raised toward it by our Afternoon Delights and the house party which was donated by Mario and Judith Taverniti.

All in all, 2014 will probably be our best ever year. We hope you stay to support us.

I will end by repeating that we, who are involved with The Noosa Federation Of The Arts, are very proud of our work. We are very proud of you, our financial and moral supporters. You don’t have to be a member to be a supporter, just someone who believes in what we are tryng to achieve.

And I would ask you to remember this – we are a unique organisation. There is no other which offers so much to so many in so many different fields of endeavour.

Thank you for your attention ladies and gentlemen.