Our Spring Soiree Concert is coming up next Sunday (24th September). This concert will feature some of the most talented members of the Queensland Medical Orchestra, who will be putting on a great afternoon of chamber music. There will be a variety of ensembles, ranging from the classical piano trio, a string quartet to a brass ensemble, flute choir and horn group. The variation is not only in the combination (and number) of instruments, but also in the repertoire performed, covering all musical styles.
Here's just a taste of what's in store at this exciting event:
Plus there will be much more, including a piano sextet, string quartet, a lower brass ensemble.
Date: Sunday 24th September 2023
Venue: Talbot Theatre, Thomas Dixon Centre, 406 Montague Road, West End.
Tickets: $33 General Admission | $28 Concession | $23 Children
We are excited to be performing in the state-of-art Talbot Theatre for the first time, be prepared to be blown away by the amazing facilities at Thomas Dixon Centre. Click on the link here. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day. (Please note that livestream via Youtube will not be available for this concert).
Don't forget to save the dates for 2023 QMO season:
Sunday 2nd April - The Notes of Nature
QMO and QMC will present music and lyrics exploring nature written by composers throughout the centuries. This will feature well-known pieces such as Lakme's Flower Duet, Holst's planets and much more. This concert has a very exciting program and is not to be missed. Tickets on sale 1st March.
Sunday 18th June - Virtuosis 2023
QMO will again feature our most talented instrumentalists in this concert. We will be showcasing our players in a variety of concerti and challenging classical masterpieces. Tickets on sale 1st May.
Sunday 17th December - QMO Christmas Festival
Don't miss QMO's best seller. This year will be no different with a mix of the old and new. Our choir will again be leading the Christmas carols, so join us for the festivities. Tickets on sale 1st November.
All tickets can be purchased via our Upcoming Events Page when they become available.
QMO is running the most amazing raffle for our upcoming concert (it will be drawn during the concert on 26th June). This raffle is to help us meet the cost of running of the concert, and allow us to maximise our ticket sales to our charities Doctors' Health in Queensland and Ashintosh Foundation.
There are some totally awesome prizes in this raffle:
$80 voucher from Simply For Strings
Simply for Strings is an online and in-store Australian go-to destination for high-quality handcrafted string instruments and accessories.
Tickets x2 to Cinderella the Musical
Two Premium seats for Cinderella the Musical at QPAC on Wednesday 24th August at 7.30pm. Please note that these tickets are not refundable and not exchangeable.
3x $250 Professional Portraiture Gift Cards from Deep Grey
Each stylish $250 Gift Card covers a professional portrait sitting (valued at $150) and provides $100 photo credit for the recipient to put towards their stunning portraits. Portraits are captured outdoors in the gorgeous late afternoon sunlight prior to sunset – the most flattering time of the day for portraits! Our beautiful outdoor location options range from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.
3x QMO Friends Subscription for 2023
A QMO Friends subscription valued at $270 includes two VIP tickets to all 2023 QMO concerts*, premium seats, personal ticketing and entry to the exclusive VIP intermission afternoon tea function. (Spring Soiree chamber concert tickets are not included in this subscription).
1x $100 voucher for OzWinds
Ozwinds Brisbane is Queensland’s premier brass and woodwind retailer. Having grown from a team of 1, Ozwinds Brisbane now boasts 12 staff members, who are still active performers with groups such as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Franky Smart, Valtozash, and Disney’s ‘Frozen The Musical’. At Ozwinds, you will find expert advice on every instrument and the largest selection in Queensland.
1x $100 Voucher for Ristorante Tartufo
Tartufo pride themselves as being a remarkable classic Italian restaurant with a deep love for creating an outstanding atmosphere and experience. Located at 1000 Ann street, in the glorious emporium precinct in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
2x tickets to Manon – performance by Queensland Ballet
Journey from decadent 18th century Paris to sultry New Orleans with this blockbuster classical ballet about possession, desire, and the allure of wealth.
Regarded as one of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s most iconic works, Manon is a quintessential romantic tragedy, following the tale of a young French peasant girl conflicted by love and a yearning to be free from poverty. 2x premium tickets to Queensland Ballet’s production performing at QPAC in Sept/Oct 2002.
Raffle tickets start at 10 entries for $10!!
Attached here is the Christmas Wish Concert program and performer's list.
We hope you will enjoy today's concert.
1. A Christmas Festival (arr. Leroy Anderson)
2. Sleigh Ride (by Leroy Anderson)
3. The Bells of Christmas (arr. Bob Krogstad)
4. O Come All Ye Faithful (arr. David Willcocks)
5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (arr. David Willcocks)
6. The First Nowell (arr. David Willcocks)
7. A Most Wonderful Christmas (arr. Bob Sheldon)
8. A Festival Of Carols (arr. Douglas E. Wagner)
9. White Christmas (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)
10. Aussie Jingle Bells (arr. Barrie Gott)
11. We Wish You A Merry Christmas (arr. Jerry Brubaker)
12. Carol Of The Bells (arr. Richard Hayman)
Concertmaster - Xavier Zhu
Elisna van Niekerk
A Message from our Artistic Director, Dr Ryan Williams:
Dear QMO Fans,
I hope this email finds you well. Life has been challenging for all of us living under the 'Home Confinement' restrictions over the past few weeks, and I can only imagine how difficult it has been for those of you with loved ones in countries overseas heavily affected by COVID.
As doctors, we are encouraged by the 'flattening of the curve' and the low number of new cases - especially here in Queensland. As citizens, we are encouraged by the Prime Minister's recent announcement of a '3-Step Plan for a COVID-Safe Australia'. However, Step 3 of this Plan only allows for 'non-work gatherings' or 100 people. For our Mid-Year 10th Anniversary Gala Concert, we need an audience of nearly 1000 to fill Brisbane City Hall - from an entertainment and financial point of view. In view of these limitations - plus the fact that there is no guarantee that we would even progress to Step 3 by the concert date of June 21, the QMO Executive has made the heartbreaking but necessary and correct decision to postpone the Mid-Year 10th Anniversary Gala Concert.A Gala concert like the one we WANT to have deserves to have a full audience of people who are confident of their health and safety and focussed on the entertainment. Ultimately we don't feel we can deliver that this year :(
At this stage, there are positive signs that we may be able to hold the concert in City Hall next year, and we are still crossing all fingers and toes that we will at least be able to take the stage for our Christmas Concert (what a celebration THAT will be!) and we do have the chamber music concert in mid October which has a maximum capacity of 200 people.
This will be sad news for many of you. As the Conductor of the QMO/QMC, I cannot tell you how much I was looking forward to celebrating all the great music and charitable work we have done over the past 10 years. However, the safety of our audience is always our first priority. After all, we are the Queensland MEDICAL Orchestra/Choir. As soon as we know anything about any potential performances later this year, we will be in touch.
Please 'like' and 'follow' us on Instagram and Facebook to be kept up to date with all the latest news. You can also relive our concerts on our Youtube Channel, where all 2018 and 2019 concerts have been uploaded for your enjoyment..
From all of the QMO Executive, we wish you health and happiness through this difficult time and hope that you are still keeping music a part of your lives. Doctor's orders!
With warm regards on behalf of the QMO Executive,
Dr Ryan Williams