The annual music festival

Castletown Primary School students participating in the combined schools choir at the 2017 Esperance Music Festival. Photo by Tony Connor
Castletown Primary School students participating in the combined schools choir at the 2017 Esperance Music Festival. Photo by Tony Connor

As a volunteer on a community group committee do you sometimes reflect on the busyness of your life and wonder what the heck you’re doing?  For the last 6 months the committee of Esperance Music Festival Inc has been up to its collective neck in correspondence, meetings and negotiations to ensure the 2018 Annual Esperance Music Festival can go ahead.

The EMF have been trying to find a new home after it became unaffordable to rent the music room at the Cannery Arts Centre. After research and negotiation, over and above the demands of a volunteer, an alternative venue was found. The Seventh Day Adventist Church will be the Festival committee’s home, and we are very appreciative of the church board’s willingness to accommodate to facilitate the annual festival and the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) exams.  

The committee is extremely grateful to the various community groups who offered to share their facilities - in particular Esperance Community Arts, the Lutheran Church and the Masonic Hall. Thanks must go to organisations who’ve financially supported the festival via grant applications. We would especially like to thank Florisson’s, who generously agreed to shift our equipment to our new home.

Like all local committees the EMF is proud to provide and facilitate opportunities that enrich community life.  The volunteer committee supports and nurtures the engagement of music through workshops, concerts, education, examinations and performance.  Entry fees and ticket sales are kept at a minimum with a view of maintaining the self-sustaining and viable model that will support the exciting prospect of putting on the 47th Annual Music Festival.

The EMF's main focus, is planning and running the Annual Music Festival and facilitating the Australian Music Examinations Board examinations for the region in August each year.

The annual festival, presents the opportunity for local and visiting musicians to perform to audiences and to be formally assessed. A professional adjudicator is employed to assess and offer valuable feedback to performers.

Close to 1000 participants, ranging from four to over 80 years, take pleasure in the connectedness that live music performance supports.

AMEB examinations provide a national benchmark for music students.

Music exams provide focus and drive for students to achieve a particular standard and it is significant that exams are done in Esperance, to avoid the need to travel. 

Despite the stresses and trials of the past year, the EMF is determined to produce a 2018 Annual Esperance Music Festival in August.