Our inaugural chamber production Spring Soiree is here. Tickets are now on sale for this intimate event where 'hidden' talents within the QMO will perform a beautiful selection of chamber music. The event will be held at The Main at Brisbane Boys' Grammar, on Sunday, 30th October, starting at 3pm. Tickets will sell out fast due to limited seating. General admission is $20, and concession is $15. Buy your tickets NOW to avoid disappointment; this will be the highlight of QMO's calendar where our many gifted musicians will have the opportunity to shine in small ensembles.
It is nearly 2 months since our very successful, sold-out April Concert 'Best of British', Preparations are now underway for our July production: Virtuosis 2016. In keeping with tradition, our mid-year event will again feature brilliant, talented soloists in our amidst, with two full concerti on the program. We will be showcasing six soloists in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Mozart's Violin Concert No. 4. Our very own magnificent Queensland Medical Choir will also be featured with 'Dies Irae" from Mozart's Requiem and more. The concert will again be held at The Old Museum, 2pm, on Sunday 17th July. This is a concert jam-packed with classics and masterpieces. It will be a sell-out, so get your tickets NOW. To Find out more, visit our Events Page, or purchase your tickets HERE. Don't forget to invite you family and friends via our FACEBOOK EVENTS.
QMO is very excited to welcome a celebrity guest conductor for the Best of British: Nigel Gaynor is currently the music director/conductor for Queensland Ballet and is internationally renowned for his work with various ballet companies around the world. He has spent the last decade working in the UK, and has very generously shared his spare time to work with our orchestra in between a very busy season of QB's 'Midsummer Night's Dream'.
We had our first rehearsal with Nigel last Sunday, it was clear that the rehearsal was a pleasurable experience for all as the whole orchestra was in awe of their celebrity conductor. Our members were full of enthusiasm and passion, even if the first few notes were wobbly; these were transformed into magnificent music within two hours under his tutelage. All of us feel privileged to work with someone of his calibre and hope our audience on Sunday 17th April will be in awe of the sound that he has inspired us to produce.
Nigel and Ryan, with the orchestra have worked hard to bring you a fantastic program of music from the British Isles, including some magnificent Operatic works, such as Rule Brittania and Dido's Lament. These will be sung by Tanya Cooling, yet another world-renowned celebrity, a New Zealand Soprano who has worked extensively in Europe, including the English National Opera. It is a rare opportunity for QMO to work with a professional with such mesmerising voice and we can't wait for you to hear it in The Old Museum.
Don't forget to buy your tickets now, as we are sure it will be a sell-out!
Date: Sunday April 17th
Venue: The Old Museum, Bowen Hills
Tickets: General Admission $30/ Concession $25
As some of you may be aware, our music director/conductor Dr Ryan Williams was involved in a horrific car accident just under two weeks ago. Dr Williams was extracted from his terribly mangled car, and taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. He sustained a significant scalp laceration and fracture wrist. We are all very glad and thankful that Ryan is still with us and on the mend after his surgery last Monday night.
Here's a little excerpt from Ryan's post:
"On Tuesday morning, I was about 5 mins from arriving at my fabulous new GP Practice in Ningi, when I was involved in a serious car accident at ~100kph. It all happened very fast and I remember very little of what happened beforehand... I definitely lost consciousness for a few minutes - when i did wake up, my head was resting against my airbag, I was bleeding and someone was trying to cut me out of the car. I was taken to the RBWH ED, where they did a fabulous job of looking after me - could not sing their praises enough. Despite the speed of the accident, my injuries were limited to a comminuted right distal radius fracture with dorsal angulation plus a large occipital laceration requiring 13 sutures, whiplash and a few other minor bruises here and there. Mercifully, I was the worst injured - I am told that the other passengers escaped with minor injuries only.
Given what COULD have happened in an accident such as this, it is quite miraculous that no one was seriously hurt. I am grateful to God that I only have a few broken bones; even more so that these will be operated on this coming Monday afternoon (ORIF distal radius). My car is a write off, but it seems to have done a phenomenal job of absorbing the worst of the impact.
At this point, I will likely be off work for a few weeks, but I am incredibly proud to be an Australian - thanks to the exceptional Doctors in the Public Emergency Department and my top Orthpaedic Surgeon. I know that I have and will continue to receive excellent medical care.
My sincerest thanks to those who have already sent me their well-wishes. At difficult times like this, it is heartwarming to know that so many people care.
I will be a little slower than usual for a while, and I have to do my best to be a good patient - something Doctors are notoriously bad at, but the fact that I have my health is more precious to me tonight than it has been in a long time. I am being very well looked after by family and friends, and I want for nothing at this stage. "
Like all unexpected events, this has not only emphasised to all of us how precious and unpredictable Life can be, but how grateful we are for all the wonderful people we have in our lives. QMO&C loves everyone of its family members, and we are very lucky to have Ryan leading us (on the straight and narrow - most of the time!)
Rehearsals are starting for our upcoming concert on 17th April - and although we may have a left-handed conductor for a few weeks, we are sure our concert will be even more magnificent as we celebrate Life with our love for music.