Xmas Cruise

This is your invitation to join our Xmas cruise to float around the Noosa river and experience a spectacular sunset at sea from the top deck. Bring a friend.

Thursday November 28th
5 - 7pm

We will have our traditional Xmas ham and cheese with cash bar.

We will also feature some live music to add to our listening pleasure.

Be ready to embark on the good ship Catalina at her berth, 172 Gympie Terrace, Noosavlle at 4.55pm latest for a 5pm cast off. Plenty of parking available.

Tickets: $30 members - $35 friends
Booking is necessary
Phone Pat on 54 730 809
Mastercard and Visa accepted

Afternoon Delights

On April 26th, friends and members of the Noosa Federation of the Arts will enjoy a talk and demonstration by Brad Jarrett, Artistic Administrator of Opera Queensland, on opera and opera stars, and, who knows, there may be “some bean spilling”, too.

In any case, it is going to be another in the NFA’s new initiative of “Afternoon Delights” bi-monthly series of talks by experts in their field designed to delight and enhance our knowledge.

Venue to be advised. However, pre-bookings can be made by phoning Pat Hahn on 07 5473 0809

Get Out Your Dancing Shoes

Noosa Federation of the Arts is reprising its most popular event – the Strauss Concert and Ball.

The fifty piece Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adrian King, will be playing for this one-off event as part of the Noosa Longweekend. “Viennafest – Waltzing with Strauss” will transform the Noosa Bicentennial Community Hall into a Platz in the centre of Vienna. Sacher Torte and Viennese Coffee will be served, plus cash bar. Louise Kennedy is featured soloist and narrator.

Come along in your finery, your traditional costume, or Noosa casual – but whatever you do, wear leather soled shoes - no thongs or joggers, please!!

Practice your terpsichorean ability and shine on the evening.

June 22nd 2013.

Friends of NFA

Dear Members and Friends

We have great pleasure in inviting you to enjoy our new “Afternoon Delight” programme – a series of talks by experts in their field designed to delight us and to enhance our knowledge.

We thank Lorraine Copley for her generosity in allowing us to use her home for this occasion. It is quite beautiful, perched on top of the hill with stunning views overlooking the National Park to the east, and Laguna Bay along the North Shore to Double Island Point.**

Our first “Afternoon Delight” dissects the brilliance of Beethoven. Michael Bradshaw, B Music 1st Class Honours and University Medal, University of Queensland, is our expert.

michael_bradshawMichael's life revolves around music. It is his passion. He will take us on a musical adventure, encouraging us to listen to music in a generative manner, as though we were the composer, thus fostering a deeper sense of ownership of our musical experience.

“Examining the building-blocks of Beethoven’s musical language”

“I will introduce a variety of “musical grammatical-structures” that are used commonly by composers of the 18th century (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven etc.)” said Michael. “These structures will be general enough to be applied to a wide variety of music, and constitute the basics of hearing large-scale pieces such as symphonies, sonatas, string quartets etc.”
He said “much of the talk will probably be a process of putting names to musical experiences that the audience are intuitively familiar with, and will thus strengthen and focus these experiences by providing a conceptual framework for the listener”. “No formal musical knowledge is assumed, although a love of Beethoven’s music would make the talk more meaningful” he said. And he will play examples on the piano.

Michael holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Queensland with majors in piano performance and musicology. He graduated in 2011 with first-class honours and a university medal. His academic interests include methods of approaching music as a language, and for his honours thesis he wrote a paper on aspects of Beethoven’s compositional language titled “Beethoven and the New Development Theme: A Study of the Quartets”. He continues his research in this vein, and is currently completing an MPhil at the University of Queensland, focusing on tonality and form in the music of Sergei Prokofiev

He teaches at UQ, and is the residential music scholar at Emmanuel College within the University. In order to further his experience in the field of music education, Michael is planning to undertake a MA in music education from the Kodály Institute in Hungary. He sees himself working in the tertiary sector, but is committed to working with both younger people and the community at large.

Here is your opportunity to listen to music as you’ve never heard it before

Venue: The Music Room, **27 Bayview Road, Little Cove (see instructions below) Time: 2.30 – 4pm Date: Friday, 22nd February, 2013 Ticket: Members $20 Friends $25 MasterCard/Visa only Bookings essential: Phone Pat on 07 5473 0809 RSVP: Monday, 18th February

Afternoon tea or coffee provided - cash bar - wine only - for the early imbibers.

** Important: Parking: 27 is the last house on the left at the top of Bayview Road, Little Cove (follow Little Cove Road around to the end until you meet Bayview Road – turn right into Bayview and continue up the hill to the end). There is plenty of parking because it is a dead end. However, for those who are a little wary about parking on such a steep incline, we suggest you drive up Viewland Drive to the Lookout, park, and walk down a short track to the house. There will be someone to guide you.

We do hope you will join us.

Kind regards

Meg Lawrence Chairman

NB: Future “Afternoon Delights” will feature Brad Jarrett in April, Ralph Cadman in July and Kent Farbach in September. They will be held on the last Friday of the months mentioned, from 2.30 – 4pm. Funds raised from this series will go towards the Dame Joan Sutherland Vocal Award Competition 2014.

Opera Showcase Open to Sponsors


In 1999 the Dame Joan Sutherland Vocal Awards held its first contest to showcase and help ambitious young singers to become stars on the world’s greatest opera stages and concert platforms.

Thirteen years later the Noosa cultural icon is looking for some help itself as the private donor who has continuously put up the $30,000 prizemoney has decided reluctantly to end support.

Any suggestion, however, that Noosa Federation of the Arts intends pulling down the curtain on the Awards is denied strongly by Meg Lawrence, who chairs the Federation.

“This is the richest and most prestigious vocal competition in regional Australia. That isn’t me saying this. The contestants come from Perth to Sydney to Darwin, all over the country, and that’s what they tell me. It has too much tradition for us to end it.

“We have decided to defer next year’s contest until 2014 while we put in place a range of sponsorships and corporate and private giving strategies to stage the event and provide future financial viability.

“We already have $10,000 towards 2014 from someone who lives in Noosa. If there is anyone else out there who wants to support us - in either a big or a small way - we’d love to hear from you. I should add all donations are tax deductible.

“We started putting the Awards together in 1994 after Dame Joan came to Noosa. She was here for a Federation luncheon and I asked her, ‘Do you mind if we have a competition in your name?’ She was a very down-to-earth person and she sighed, ‘Oh no, not another one,’ but she agreed.”

Meg said the Awards have produced some wonderful winners and finalists who are now performing on Australian and world stages.

“The success story of soprano Mirusia Lowerse is what dreams are made of. She won the Award’s $15,000 first prize in 2006. Her aunt who lives in Holland contacted Andre Rieu’s wife who said Mirusia should come and audition. She used her prize money to go to Holland, impressed Andre and left with a five-year contract.

“Another famous soprano is Amy Wilkinson, who won in 2001. Amy went on to win a New York Metropolitan Opera Scholarship, auditioned for Paris Opera and is now with Australian Opera.

“And there are stars like Shaun Brown, Virgilio Marino, Guy Booth, Georgia Hawes, Emily Burke - the list goes on.”

Brad Jarrett is artistic administrator of Opera Queensland and he told Noosa Today some of Australia’s greatest singers like Joan Sutherland and Margreta Elkins “owed the beginnings of their illustrious careers to singing competitions. The Dame Joan Awards is one such competition which has enabled young singers to further their studies in language and vocal technique both here and abroad.”

The Awards have been linked with the Noosa Longweekend Festival of the arts since 2005. “It is a high quality event and our association is important. It has a wonderful history with us,” said Longweekend chairman, Karen Mitchell.

“The regard for this unique event by patrons is clearly evident. It is extremely well attended and has become a festival favourite. We understand the great difficulty in securing sponsorship for the arts (and in the region) and wish the Federation every success.”

Information on sponsorships and donations is available from Meg Lawrence.

Original article in Noosa Today by Jim Fagan, 15/11/2012.