Crit­i­cal mo­ment in both words and mu­sic

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY

BUD­DING young crit­ics are be­ing urged to ap­ply for a spe­cial gig at the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic.

The 2015 Young Crit­ics Award, a joint ini­tia­tive of the fes­ti­val and the Townsville Bul­letin, will of­fer one young ap­pli­cant the chance to be­come a pro­fes­sional critic.

Danaella Wiv­ell, 20, who won last year’s award, en­cour­aged peo­ple aged be­tween 15 and 25 to ap­ply.

“A lec­turer at JCU men­tioned the com­pe­ti­tion and as an in­stru­men­tal­ist and a young jour­nal­ist, I thought that cri­tiquing the AFCM would, at the least, be a way to ex­plore two pas­sions si­mul­ta­ne­ously,” she said.

“You have noth­ing to lose by en­ter­ing the Young Crit­ics Award, en­joy an evening of mar­vel­lous mu­sic, and then write about it – you never know, you may just have the cre­ative flair.”

AFCM gen­eral man­ager Sue Hack­ett said re­views would be judged on their abil­ity to hold a sub­stan­ti­ated crit­i­cal opin­ion, literary merit and on the ca­pac­ity of the writer to en­gage the in­ter­est of the reader.

The best re­view se­lected by a panel of in­de­pen­dent ex­pert judges will be pub­lished along with the win­ner’s photo on the AFCM web­site and in the Townsville Bul­letin.

The win­ner will also re­ceive a $ 200 cash prize and four tick­ets to the fes­ti­val’s clos­ing night con­cert on Au­gust 8.

Ap­pli­cants can register online and re­ceive two com­pli­men­tary tick­ets to the open­ing night con­cert, Trans­fig­ured Night, on July 31 be­fore sub­mit­ting a 400- word re­view of the per­for­mance.

The com­pe­ti­tion is only open to the first 20 peo­ple who register. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. afcm. com. au.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

TWO PAS­SIONS: Last year’s Young Crit­ics Award win­ner Danaella Wiv­ell, 20.

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