The Festival-concours de musique de Sherbrooke (FCMS) is celebrating 30 years in 2019 with a lineup of free concerts set to take place between April 28 and May 5. Since its founding in 1989, the competition has seen the participation of 7,950 musicians of seven to 31 years of age and handed out over $250,000 in bursaries all while providing the general public with increased access to quality cultural programming. “To excel in music requires discipline, courage, determination and, above all, patience,” said Sherbrooke City Councilor Paul Gingues, who has been named the FCMS’ President of Honour for this anniversary year. “Those who learn to play an instrument, even if it does not become their career, forge their character and personality at the same time.” Gingues, himself a musician, underlined the positive role music has played in his life and paid homage to the young musicians and their families who participate in the competition year after year. See full story in the Friday, April 26 edition of The Outlet.