Queensland String Concert Guide

Find all your local String Concerts in one place. String Concert Guide for Brisbane, South East Queensland and Northern NSW.
To have your string event listed, please contact us a week before the first of the month.

Audition for BRYO 2017/18
Oct 21 all-day

We hold auditions annually in October for the following season.  If you or your child would like to experience playing in an Orchestra and grow as a musician why not book an audition to be part of BRYO in 2018?  If you would like to know more before auditioning you can email us on  or click on the links below to see the excerpts that they will need.  Scherzo Strings is a training orchestra and will take applicants from AMEB standard 2 or equivalent.  Minimum level required for the Symphony Orchestra is AMEB standard 4 or equivalent experience.
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Mzaza – Part of Global Grooves (Mackay) @ Queens Park
Oct 21 all-day

Our region’s largest multicultural festival, Global Grooves is held at the picturesque Queens Park in South Mackay in the month of October.

This one-day, open-air event is free to the public and is a celebration of the cultural diversity of the Mackay region.

Known for its smorgasbord of cultural cuisines, colourful dances and live global music, the event is a perfect family-friendly outing.

Non-stop entertainment runs all afternoon and into the night and there is an assortment of workshops where you can learn new skills from around the world.

The closest thing to a world tour you could ever experience in a single day, Global Grooves is a standout on the Mackay region’s social calendar.
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SCYO Gala Concert – All ensembles @ Matthew Flinders Performance Centre
Oct 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
QYO String Sensations @ Old Museum Concert Hall
Oct 22 @ 3:30 pm

Experience the prodigious talents of the Finalists in the 42nd National Youth Concerto Competition, Australia’s leading competition for string soloists aged up to 17. The three Finalists perform popular and challenging concertos with the Queensland Youth Symphony.

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The Alumni Trio – Presented by @ USQ Arts Theatre
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Presented by the USQ Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts

The Alumni Trio, made up of three Joyce Campbell-Lloyd Scholarship winners, will perform at the 2017 Twilight Series. These three highly accomplished members of music alumni will play together as part of the 25/50 University anniversary celebrations for 2017.

The trio consists of Matthew Henry (Cello), Maree Kilpatrick (piano), and Nicola Hayden (flute).

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QYO FINALE 2017 @ Concert Hall
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm

The QYO Finale concert showcases all seven QYO orchestras. 450 young musicians perform highlights from the 2017 QYO concert season, including works for symphony orchestra, string orchestra, wind orchestra and big band.

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Topology and the Kransky Sisters – Cleveland Contemporary Music Event @ Concert Hall, RPAC
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:20 pm

ARIA-nominated quintet Topology joins the quirky Kransky Sisters to create hilarious and unique musical mash-ups of your favourite TV and movie themes.

A rehearsal weekend-stay at the Kransky Sisters’ house brings unexpected distractions when acclaimed local band Topology bring along their TV set … breaking life-long Kransky family rules and resulting in much musical mayhem.

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2017 Gala Concert – Bon Voyage – Presented by Brisbane Concert Orchestra @ The Edge
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm

After our sold out 50th Anniversary Gala Concert in the Brisbane City Hall Main Auditorium, the Brisbane Concert Orchestra’s annual Gala Concert returns with Bon Voyage!  Sit back and relax and be sure to check that your passport is in order as we take you on a musical journey around the world with the sounds of Italy, France, U.S.A, Germany, U.K, and of course Australia (and many more!).

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Russian Delights – Presented by Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra @ Tweed Heads Civic Centre
Oct 29 @ 1:30 pm

Conducted by Neil Flottmann

NRSO welcomes guest conductor, Neil Flottmann.  Mr Flottmann started his music career as a flautist in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, then went on to study conducting after obtaining the prestigious Willem van Otterloo scholarship.  He has conducted Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, as well as the ABC Sinfonia, the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and the Australian Ballet.  He is currently the Director of Creative Arts and Extra-Curricular Program at West Moreton Anglican College.

This delightful Tchaikovsky program consists of:

Symphony No. 4
Swan Lake Suite
Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
2.30pm NSW time (1.30pm QLD time)

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Out of this World – Presented by Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra @ Clontarf Beach State High School
Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 02:00 PM
Date: Sunday, 29 October, 2017
Venue: Clontarf Beach State High School hall, Isobel Street (opposite end of Weaber Street), Clontarf.   (Map)

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End of Year Gala Concert – Presented by Gold Coast Youth Orchestra @ Gold Coast Youth Orchestra
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm
Imbil Acoustic Music Weekend @ Borumba Deer Park
Nov 2 – Nov 5 all-day

Imbil Acoustic Music Weekend, for bookings email the Deerpark or call 07-5484-5196

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Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Road, Red Hill. Contact Emma Nixon emma@emmanixon.com.au for details.

Advanced Fiddle Club night is on from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Red Hill Community Sports Club. Level 1 Theory for Folk class is on in the same venue from 6:00 -6:45pm.

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Moreton Celtic Fiddle Club @ Mango Hill community hall,
Nov 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Held once a month for all keen fiddlers, cellists, guitarists, and musicians in the community.
You will need to bring Your fiddle, Cello, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, recorder, Harp, Bodhran, double bass, banjo, viola and a music stand!
We many have performances we are preparing for:
see Upcoming Events page for details.
We have fun, learn tunes and meet others with the same interest.
First Friday of every month

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Kupka’s Piano ‘Erased Songs’ – Cleveland Contemporary Music Event @ RPAC Concert Hall
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Kupka’s Piano is a collective of Australia’s brightest emerging musicians and composers.

Through innovative and engaging programming, the Brisbane-based ensemble celebrates the latest classical music from Australia and around the world. Erased Songs features hidden melodies, incantations, a singing clarinet and a building intensity that unfolds into a truly engaging performance.

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The Sam Hewerdine Trio @ 188 Brisbane Street
Nov 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Sam Hewerdine Trio brings three passionate minds into musical symbiosis, as they push each other to their limits. With a taste for standards that lie outside the norm, each member brings their international experience, energy and enthusiasm, as they use the trio as a platform for their music.

The Trio includes:
Sam Hewerdine – piano
Goran Gajic – bass
Mark Davies – drums.

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Barleyshakes @ Gatakers by Night @ 311 Kent St
Nov 4 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 Brewed in Ireland and distilled in Australia, the Barleyshakes are a Celtic band with world music influences who combine intense energy, beautiful harmony and driving dance rhythms in their live performances. Adored throughout Australia and beyond for their “bent” Irish sound, they are winners of the Queensland Music Award for World Music.

Ever since their inception in the 90’s in Dublin, the Barleyshakes have been turning heads. Their mission, to inject new life into Irish music while honouring the tradition past, was to become a life-long adventure for each member. Their live shows have taken them around the globe and they continue to take audiences on a joy filled ride wherever they perform.

The band use fiddles, flutes, tine whistle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocals, bass, bodhran, and drums to create their truly wonderful Celtic sound. They have shared the stage with Lunasa, Metallica, Kila, Joe Cocker, Sharon Shannon, Altan, and Grada, to name a few.

After over ten years together this ensemble know each other intensely and they communicate freely to create something fresh every time they perform.

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Sásta – Irish band @ Sandgate Town Hall
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm
Sásta (Happy in Irish) are the most exciting and dynamic Irish band in Australia today. Their brand of thumping contemporary Irish trad is delivered with phenomenal energy – it’s all about the fun and dancing! Sásta have toured the festival circuit nationally, as well as playing in France, New Zealand and New Caledonia. They are festival favourites with a great reputation that is well-earned. In addition to headlining Hyde Park in Sydney twice for St.Patrick’s Day, Sásta have supported international acts such as Aslan, Mundy, Damien Dempsey, Sharon Shannon and Shane McGowan’s band The Popes (formerly of The Pogues). A surefire crowdpleaser.

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Intermediate Celtic Sessions @ Finbar's Lounge Bar (Sunshine Coast)
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

1st & 3rd Sundays 1pm – 4pm


Musicians and Audience Welcome

Tunes played include BBS, NFF Session Experience, Maleny Tunes Class &
other common tunes at a moderate pace. Playing by ear encouraged.

More Info: Kate Fraser 07 5499 9172 Email

Maleny Tunes Class – Wednesdays

Maleny Presbyterian Hall, Cedar Street, Maleny

Mainly Irish Tunes taught slowly by ear, slower and more advanced learning catered for.

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Finale Fantastique – Presented by Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra @ Queensland Academies Theatre
Nov 5 @ 2:30 pm
Finale Fantastique

A concert featuring favourite repertoire performed over the last seventeen years, to celebrate this long association with our esteemed conductor, Mark Turpin. We are also delighted to present our 2017 Youth Concerto Performance Opportunity winner, Nina Fan, playing the first movement of Saint-Saens’ 2nd Piano Concerto.

Complimentary refreshments will be provided during interval.


Queensland Academies Theatre
Queensland Academies for Health Sciences
102 Edmund Rice Drive
Southport, QLD 4215

Contact Details:

Call Pam Lowry on 5539 6076 or info@goldcoastphilharmonic.com

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