Music Eisteddfod in the News

It’s on again! 

Over 3,800 performers will hit the stage to perform musical items over 6 full days and nights!

The Quota Beenleigh City of Logan Eisteddfod (Music sections) begins on 17th July, and continues until 22nd July.

This is a “reward-winning” event – not only are there “award winners” in each category, but the bonus is the “reward” to the local community. Any surplus generated by the event goes directly back into our community to fund books for QuoCKa Reading (Quota, Cops ‘n’ Kids, Reading Altogether), to provide Training For Life for teenagers (our Junior Quotarians), and via a Grants Program to local schools and projects which make a difference.

Local businesses are invited to consider sponsorship opportunities – since “Cultural Tourism” really benefits our local businesses – and more than 70% of performers are from outside Logan.

Anyone who loves music is invited to attend a session, or sessions!

Join us at the Logan Entertainment Centre where over 50 schools will be featured:

Choirs in action (Mon July 17th and Tues July 18th - from 9am)

Bands in action (Wed July 19th and Thurs July 20th – from 9am)

Join us at the Crete Street Theatre, Beenleigh for:

Music galore, Songbirds Vocals and Community Choirs (Fri 21st and Sat 22nd July – from 9am -9pm)               Special welcome extends to our events on Friday night at 6:30pm - the Songbird Bursary; and Saturday night at 5pm – the Vocal Scholarship; where $1,500 in total prize money will be awarded!

Entry prices are reasonable, and you are guaranteed excellent value-for-money seats!

Full details are on the front page of our Quota Beenleigh website:  www.quotabeenleigh.org.au

This year, we are excited to welcome our Music Adjudicator Nicole Murphy.

Nicole has just been announced as 1 of 5 finalists in the APRA Professional Development Awards for Classical Composition. Nicole is a Brisbane-based composer who has represented Australia at the 30th Asian Composers League Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2012. Recently, she was selected as one of six composers to work with Steve Reich in Toronto Canada, as part of Soundstreams’ celebration of his 80th birthday.  She has been commissioned by major arts organisations including the Australian Ballet, the Royal Academy of Dance (London), Experiments in Opera (New York), the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Wild Rumpus (San Francisco), Chamber Sounds (Singapore), and the Definiens Project (Los Angeles). Her music has been performed by ensembles such as the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Ars Nova (Dallas), Halcyon (Sydney) and Chronology Arts (Sydney). Nicole Murphy is the Composer-in-Residence at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries, and works with Musica Viva in Schools, undertaking residency projects in remote Queensland communities. Nicole plays piano, flute, violin, viola, cello, saxophone and clarinet.

For further information on our Eisteddfod please email info@quotabeenleigh.org.au                     

Dance (August 7-13, Sept 1-17), and Speech and Drama (August 15-20) are coming up soon!

Letter to the Editor - Albert & Logan News

On Saturday night (2nd May), I had the privilege of attending the Quota International Beenleigh Change Over Dinner. 

I use the word privilege because that is exactly what it was, a privilege to see the amazing programs that QUOTA Beenleigh are running and the individuals that drive them. 

The underlying word for the evening was 'AWESOME' and I found myself repeating this word time & time again when trying to describe the enthusiasm and talent in the room. 

From the performances of the selected few via the annual QUOTA Eisteddfod, to the induction of the new committee, it was just outstanding and a real credit to all involved. 

It was evident that the young talent & leadership that was on display is a true replica of the community spirit and leadership demonstrated by the senior committee. Something our region should be truly proud of.  

QUOTA's international president, local Karen Murphy has the organisation beating the drum of "Put QUOTA in your hearts & your hearts into QUOTA", with what was on display on Saturday night, not a truer phrase could be applied. 

Congratulations needs to go to Heather Christensen and her team. The efforts that they go to to improve the lives in our local region is 'AWESOME'. 

A special mention to the young MC's for the event, Rebecca Payne & Cara Downes. Their presentations really set the tone for the evening and demonstrated perfectly the talent within this organisation. 

Congratulations to all. I hope your efforts & success continue to ripple throughout our community.  

Michael Rose 

BYCC Executive Administration Officer

 BEENLEIGH YATALA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

Quota Offers Gift of Life

Quota Beenleigh recently supported both the Beenleigh PCYC and the Beenleigh Senior Citizens Club with gifts of defibrillators for each of these organisations. Valued at $3,000 each these defibrillators come with training from the team at St Johns Ambulance. We hope they never need to use them, but having these at hand means a much greater chance of survival to a person suffering a cardiac arrest - every passing minute without a defibrillator shock means the chance of survival reduces by ten per cent. 

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