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.

Jun
27
Tue
Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Rockhampton) @ St Joseph's Cathedral
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm

“Classical music the world over” – this is the motto of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne. It is irrelevant for our musicians whether they are playing in a little village church, in the open air, in Cologne Cathedral or in the Sydney Opera House – their enthusiasm to play music is the same every time.

The objective is simple – we want to inspire as many people as possible across all generations to enjoy classical music. The popularity of our ensemble is reflected in the fact that the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne gives around 300 concerts a year around the globe and listeners throughout the world look forward to a musical encounter with our exceptionally talented musicians.

The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne was founded in the city whose name they bear: Cologne. The city that is famous throughout the world for its University of Music and its musical and instrumental teaching. Generations of musicians have been trained here for many decades who, in terms of their musicality, are unparalleled around the world. Taking advantage of this pool of talent, a stock of outstanding musicians has accrued that in a changing cast of musicians take our motto across the world.

Since November 2009, the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne has a very special partner at their side – the Mercedes-Benz Centre in Cologne. As part of a creative cooperation, this world renowned company, via its branch in Cologne, thrilled by our musical concept provides the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne with a comfortable tour bus. It enables our musicians to travel quickly and comfortably to the many varied concert locations. In return, the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne, in close cooperation with the Mercedes-Benz Center Cologne, organises special concerts for the car company’s special customers. The remarkable construction of the Mercedes-Benz Center is transformed in the process into a really top-class concert palace. This results in the smell of new cars mixing with the sounds of classical music.

The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne is at home all over the world. Our tours regularly take us to New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland and many other countries – and of course to Germany. In this context, the selection of works and soloists takes on a special significance. The multifaceted composition of the ensemble provides every member of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne with the opportunity to perform as a soloist.

The permanently expanding repertoire of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne consists primarily of hand-picked pieces. The real appeal of our programme lies in the meeting of popular and unknown works from a wide variety of musical epochs. This sees familiar greats like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi in dialogue with works from people such as Sergei Prokofieff through to the “King of Tango” Astor Piazzolla. This mix promises great diversity of the very highest order, without us having to preach to the audience in the process. After all, music is for entertainment and not for instruction.

To inspire people across the world to enjoy classical music – that’s what we view as our maxim!

Quite simply: Classical music the world over!

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Tin Star – Presented by The Bug @ New Farm Bowls Club
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Penny Boys (Vocals, Guitar) Cathy Bell (Fiddle, Accordian, Harmony Vocals) Dan Grant (Vocals, Guitar) Tin Star are renowned for their ability to create a space in which to connect emotionally with an audience and have a musical conversation. The combination of three powerful singer/songwriter/instrumentalists makes Tin Star unique and creates a group that is far greater than the sum of its parts. Whilst they have the pre-requisite acoustic guitars, fiddle, accordian and the interweaving harmonies, their sound is more reminiscent of the burgeoning folk scene of 60’s New York and California. Back to the coffee houses of Greenwich Village and artists such as Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Peter Paul and Mary, and the burgeoning west coast Laurel Canyon scene of Crosby Stills Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and the Mamas and the Papas.
Jun
28
Wed
KUPKA’S PIANO AT TWILIGHT (Toowoomba) @ USQ Arts Theatre
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm

AUSTRALIAN NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE

Presented by the USQ Open Access College 

Takings sounds from both everyday life and the classical concert platform, Brisbane based music ensemble Kupka’s Piano celebrate pieces by contemporary composers from all over the world which range from the weird, wacky and wonderful, to the soothing and serene.

From funky techno beats and bluesy vibraphone melodies, to Irish jigs, pulsating rhythms and video game inspired tunes, this ensemble is a kaleidoscopic exploration of new sounds and colours which is sure to thrill, challenge and entertain.

The musicians of Kupka’s Piano bring together an eclectic mix of instruments including flute, clarinet, piano and percussion. Some unconventional instruments also feature including Jatz crackers, singing bowls, there’s even an electric toothbrush!

From being an ensemble in residence at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and collaborating with fantastic artists such as the MakeShift Dance Collective, this truly unique musical ensemble is one not to miss.

A reception in the USQ Arts Gallery will follow the recital – refreshments will be served.

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Jun
29
Thu
Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Mackay) @ Holy Trinity Anglican Church - Mackay y
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience one of Germany’s finest Ensembles Chamber Philharmonia Cologne * Germany performing on Thursday 29th June 2017 at 7.30 pm in Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Mackay Classics from Germany.

We are very happy to propose you a diverse program ranging from Antonio Vivaldi and his tremendously famous “Four Seasons” to W.A. Mozart, Peter Tchaikovsky and Niccolo Paganini

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Jun
30
Fri
Entries are now open – National Youth Concerto Competition
Jun 30 all-day

About the Competition

The National Youth Concerto Competition (NYCC) is recognised as the most prestigious competition in Australia for string soloists aged up to 17 years. Now in its 42th year, NYCC was established by Queensland Youth Orchestras in 1976 to encourage the development of young Australian string players. Past winners include Jane Peters (1978), Richard Tognetti (1980), Nicholas Milton (1985), Li-Wei Qin (1993) and Ray Chen (2002).

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Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Mackay – Cannonvale) @ St. Martin of Tours Church
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience one of Germany’s finest Ensembles Chamber Philharmonia Cologne * Germany performing on Friday 30th June 2017 at 7 pm in St. Martin of Tours Church in Cannonvale Classics from Germany.

We are very happy to propose you a diverse program ranging from Antonio Vivaldi and his tremendously famous “Four Seasons” to W.A. Mozart, Peter Tchaikovsky and Niccolo Paganini.

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Jul
1
Sat
Join Queensland Youth Orchestra in 2018
Jul 1 all-day

Auditions for 2018

Applications for 2018 are now open. Closing date for applications will be Saturday 5 August 2017.

DOWNLOAD THE 2018 AUDITION BROCHURE

Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO) provides outstanding orchestral experiences for musicians aged 8 to 25. In seven orchestras and ensembles, QYO members develop their musical skills in a nurturing environment alongside musicians of a similar age and standard.

Based at the historic Old Museum Building at Bowen Hills, QYO provides an annual program of rehearsals, tutorials, concerts, camps and tours. Concerts attract large audiences in venues that include the Old Museum Concert Hall and the QPAC Concert Hall. Weekly rehearsals are scheduled during school and university terms and some orchestras undertake day trips or local tours of two to seven days duration. QYS tours internationally once every four years.

Each orchestra has a weekend music camp during first term, except QYS and Big Band. It is an integral part of the year’s training and all members are encouraged to attend. The camp fee is included in the annual membership fee. For further details on orchestras, repertoire, conductors and other information, please see the orchestra listings.

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Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Home Hill) @ St Helen's Anglican Church Hall
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience one of Germany’s finest Ensembles Chamber Philharmonia Cologne * Germany performing on Saturday 1st July 2017 at 7 pm in St. Helen’s Anglican Church in Home Hill Classics from Germany.

We are very happy to propose you a diverse program ranging from Antonio Vivaldi and his tremendously famous “Four Seasons” to W.A. Mozart, Peter Tchaikovsky and Niccolo Paganini

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Jul
2
Sun
Intermediate Celtic Sessions @ Finbar's Lounge Bar (Sunshine Coast)
Jul 2 @ 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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Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Townsville) @ Sacred Heart Cathedral
Jul 2 @ 7:30 pm

“Classical music the world over” – this is the motto of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne. It is irrelevant for our musicians whether they are playing in a little village church, in the open air, in Cologne Cathedral or in the Sydney Opera House – their enthusiasm to play music is the same every time.

The objective is simple – we want to inspire as many people as possible across all generations to enjoy classical music. The popularity of our ensemble is reflected in the fact that the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne gives around 300 concerts a year around the globe and listeners throughout the world look forward to a musical encounter with our exceptionally talented musicians.

The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne was founded in the city whose name they bear: Cologne. The city that is famous throughout the world for its University of Music and its musical and instrumental teaching. Generations of musicians have been trained here for many decades who, in terms of their musicality, are unparalleled around the world. Taking advantage of this pool of talent, a stock of outstanding musicians has accrued that in a changing cast of musicians take our motto across the world.

Since November 2009, the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne has a very special partner at their side – the Mercedes-Benz Centre in Cologne. As part of a creative cooperation, this world renowned company, via its branch in Cologne, thrilled by our musical concept provides the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne with a comfortable tour bus. It enables our musicians to travel quickly and comfortably to the many varied concert locations. In return, the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne, in close cooperation with the Mercedes-Benz Center Cologne, organises special concerts for the car company’s special customers. The remarkable construction of the Mercedes-Benz Center is transformed in the process into a really top-class concert palace. This results in the smell of new cars mixing with the sounds of classical music.

The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne is at home all over the world. Our tours regularly take us to New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland and many other countries – and of course to Germany. In this context, the selection of works and soloists takes on a special significance. The multifaceted composition of the ensemble provides every member of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne with the opportunity to perform as a soloist.

The permanently expanding repertoire of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne consists primarily of hand-picked pieces. The real appeal of our programme lies in the meeting of popular and unknown works from a wide variety of musical epochs. This sees familiar greats like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi in dialogue with works from people such as Sergei Prokofieff through to the “King of Tango” Astor Piazzolla. This mix promises great diversity of the very highest order, without us having to preach to the audience in the process. After all, music is for entertainment and not for instruction.

To inspire people across the world to enjoy classical music – that’s what we view as our maxim!

Quite simply: Classical music the world over!

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Jul
5
Wed
Maryborough Music Conference 2017 @ Brolga Theatre
Jul 5 – Jul 9 all-day

The Queensland Government, Department of Education and Training is delighted to invite you to attend Maryborough Music Conference 2017 held from Wednesday 5 to Sunday, 9 July 2017 at the magnificent Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre. This conference is now recognised as Australia’s premier music educator’s event.

Our program offers over 100 multiple choice topics over four days led by world renowned national and international music educators, band and choral directors and clinicians. All delegates will have the opportunity to perform in one of the delegate performance ensembles.

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Jul
6
Thu
Bello Winter Music Festival (NSW) @ Various Locations
Jul 6 – Jul 9 all-day

Bello Winter Music is dedicated to programming an exciting and eclectic mix of new and emerging artists – local, national and international, while showcasing everything that Bellingen has to offer. Upon arrival to BWMF, tickets are exchanged for wrist bands which will allow you access to all venues on the relevant days. If you arrive at a venue and it is full, we encourage you to move on to another venue – the program has been specially designed to have multiple fantastic acts appearing at any given time, and you’re likely to discover many new favourites if you move around and make the most of the festival.

Situated midway between Brisbane and Sydney and just 30 minutes from Coffs Harbour, Bellingen sits in spectacular countryside on the banks of the Bellinger River. Small cottages line the river, and a host of bed and breakfast guesthouses can be found close to the town as well as eco huts and farmstay accommodation options. Camping is available at the nearby Bellingen Showgrounds for the duration of the festival, and bookings can be made online & through the festival office.

Bello Winter Music is the perfect excuse to get away for a weekend and shake off the winter blues.

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Morning Music at the Old Museum – Presented by Qld Youth Orchestra @ Old Museum Building
Jul 6 @ 10:30 am

Morning Music at the Old Museum will feature programs of delightful pieces full of tuneful variety, specially chosen for mid-week, morning listening in the Concert Hall of Brisbane’s historic Old Museum, Bowen Hills. Enjoy an hour or so of music played and sung for you by the latest generation of brilliant young Queensland musicians in the ambience of a wonderful heritage building brought back to life as it should be.

More brilliantly played music from Queensland’s rising stars, including

  • Julian Wade, piano
  • Matthew White, tuba, 1st movement from Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto
  • Isabella McDonald, cello, Astor Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango
  • George Wilson, trumpet, 3rd movement of Karl Pilss’ Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
  • Jacob Seabrook, viola, Brahms’ Viola Sonata Op. 20 No 2 in E flat major
  • Audrich Allen, violin, Sarasate’s Romanza Andaluza

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MCGREGOR MARKETS & MUSIC with Bentley Strings (Toowoomba) @ USQ Arts Theatre & Courtyard
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for our Winter School 30thAnniversary Celebration with a night of Music & Markets!

Markets
Join us for the McGregor Markets & Music, where tutors and artists from the McGregor Winter Arts Retreat will showcase and sell their original works.

Peruse and purchase authentic, one off pieces created by talented artists from across Australia. Perhaps you’ll take home your very own piece of McGregor Magic.

Musical Celebration of McGregor
Bentley Strings and special guests will take guests on a musical journey celebrating the Winter School’s 30th Anniversary. Bentley Strings have performed with all of Australia’s flagship State Orchestra’s, Opera Queensland, Nigel Kennedy, Pavarotti through to Kate Miller-Heidke, Megan Washington, Sarah Blasko and Jon English and Xavier Rudd to name a few. Bentley Strings often perform on TV shows such as The Voice and X Factor.

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Sitkovetsky Trio – Presented by Musica Viva @ Queensland Conservatorium
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm

Three young virtuosi with countless solo prizes and achievements to their names: together, the music-making of the Sitkovetsky Trio is little short of miraculous. In their hands the piano trio becomes a miniature orchestra. Their 2017 program progresses from darkness to light, in trios by Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Lachlan Skipworth.

ALEXANDER SITKOVETSKY violin
BARTHOLOMEW LAFOLLETTE cello
WU QIAN piano


PROGRAM

RACHMANINOFF Trio élégiaque no 1
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio no 2, op 67
SKIPWORTH Piano Trio*
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio no 1, op 49

*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Julian Burnside AO QC

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Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Cairns) @ St Monica's Cathedral
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm

“Classical music the world over” – this is the motto of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne. It is irrelevant for our musicians whether they are playing in a little village church, in the open air, in Cologne Cathedral or in the Sydney Opera House – their enthusiasm to play music is the same every time.

The objective is simple – we want to inspire as many people as possible across all generations to enjoy classical music. The popularity of our ensemble is reflected in the fact that the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne gives around 300 concerts a year around the globe and listeners throughout the world look forward to a musical encounter with our exceptionally talented musicians.

The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne was founded in the city whose name they bear: Cologne. The city that is famous throughout the world for its University of Music and its musical and instrumental teaching. Generations of musicians have been trained here for many decades who, in terms of their musicality, are unparalleled around the world. Taking advantage of this pool of talent, a stock of outstanding musicians has accrued that in a changing cast of musicians take our motto across the world.

Since November 2009, the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne has a very special partner at their side – the Mercedes-Benz Centre in Cologne. As part of a creative cooperation, this world renowned company, via its branch in Cologne, thrilled by our musical concept provides the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne with a comfortable tour bus. It enables our musicians to travel quickly and comfortably to the many varied concert locations. In return, the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne, in close cooperation with the Mercedes-Benz Center Cologne, organises special concerts for the car company’s special customers. The remarkable construction of the Mercedes-Benz Center is transformed in the process into a really top-class concert palace. This results in the smell of new cars mixing with the sounds of classical music.

The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne is at home all over the world. Our tours regularly take us to New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland and many other countries – and of course to Germany. In this context, the selection of works and soloists takes on a special significance. The multifaceted composition of the ensemble provides every member of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne with the opportunity to perform as a soloist.

The permanently expanding repertoire of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne consists primarily of hand-picked pieces. The real appeal of our programme lies in the meeting of popular and unknown works from a wide variety of musical epochs. This sees familiar greats like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi in dialogue with works from people such as Sergei Prokofieff through to the “King of Tango” Astor Piazzolla. This mix promises great diversity of the very highest order, without us having to preach to the audience in the process. After all, music is for entertainment and not for instruction.

To inspire people across the world to enjoy classical music – that’s what we view as our maxim!

Quite simply: Classical music the world over!

Click Here for more Information

Jul
7
Fri
ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival @ Queensland Conservatorium
Jul 7 – Jul 9 all-day

ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival is a competition on a new level; attracting world renowned adjudicators from across the globe and appealing to the best young musicians internationally.

Raising aspirations of young musicians, ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival is an invitational event open to secondary school concert bands, orchestras, choirs and jazz bands worldwide.

ASPIRE offers every participant a competition, masterclass, workshop and public performance. Held at world class venue Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia the competition is held over three consecutive days.

Founded by education travel company Student Horizons, ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival is proudly a not for profit trading division of Student Horizons. Surplus from the event will be donated directly to The Foundation of Student Horizons – affording disadvantaged youth the opportunity to discover the world.

To ensure we continue to attract the best musicians worldwide we welcome enquiries to discuss selection criteria in further detail at aspire@aspiremusicfestival.com.au

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Le Festival with Cigany Weaver, The O’Brien Quartet & Amadeus Orchestra @ Cultural Forecourt
Jul 7 – Jul 9 all-day

Australia’s biggest French festival – Le Festival – has released its full programme, promising a weekend in Brisbane of food, wine and French culture like no other.

This year’s festival, from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 July 2017 in South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt, will see the return of festival favourites as well as a host of new French-inspired acts.

Cigany Weaver

Formed out of a love of Django Reinhardt, Sigourney Weaver and Red Wine, Cigány Weaver are one the newest, and most exciting Gypsy Jazz acts in Australia. Having recently performed at Australia’s premier Gypsy Jazz Festival ‘OzManouche’ and the Woodford Folk Festival, they have captivated audiences with their unique performances, establishing an expansive following.
Cigány Weaver create sounds reminiscent of Jazz Manouche, Traditional Romani music to contemporaries such as Bjork. Their virtuosic live performances invoke an array of toe-tapping, from the subtle tap to the carefree exuberant stomp of the dance floor.
“Small orchestra with a big sound.”
Conducted by intrepid Lachlan Snow, the Amadeus Orchestra is presently comprised of about 26 players – a mini symphony orchestra.
They perform a wide range of music, focusing mainly on popular classics, and aspire to a high degree of excellence. They delight in entertaining their audiences with enjoyable and fun concerts.

The quartet performances, are like a Soundtrack to the films “Chocolat” or “Midnight in Paris”. A performance filled with Vibrant vocals and swinging rhythms, with a dash of Django Reinhart’s instrumental tunes.
They play with Gyspy in their hearts and “Hot Club” in their heads.
Mia, Tim & Sam O’Brien with Helen Svoboda on double bass are the O’Brien quartet and capture the swing of the 30’s & 40’s with an uplifting, and expressive performance.

 

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Queensland Music Festival @ Various Locations
Jul 7 – Jul 30 all-day

Over three huge weeks from 7 – 30 July 2017 Queensland Music Festival will take over the state, bringing unforgettable music experiences to cities, regions and remote corners of Queensland.

Under Artistic Director Katie Noonan, the 2017 QMF program is as diverse as this great state – showcasing some of the most talented local, national and international musicians across 100 performances, including six world premieres.

The Festival will offer Queenslanders the chance to hear and be heard, with a rich tapestry of musical experiences designed to uncover and empower young musicians, bring quality music to regional communities, and shed light on current social issues.

For classical music lovers program highlights include a performance of The Merry Widow at the ever-popular Opera at Jimbour beside the picturesque Jimbour House. Sanctuary – a moving concert experience exploring the concept of sanctuary and refuge, led by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra and including a world premiere commission from brilliant pianist and composer Joe Chindamo.

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Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Jul 7 @ 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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