Queensland String Concert Guide

Find all your local String Concerts in one place. String Concert Guide for Brisbane, South East Queensland and Northern NSW.
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Gold Coast Eisteddfod 2017 @ Gold Coast Arts Theatre
Aug 14 – Sep 5 all-day

Gold Coast Eisteddfod 2017


MONDAY AUGUST 14 – 9.00am
Primary School String Orchestra or Ensemble – A Grade Years 1 to 6

MONDAY AUGUST 14 – 10.30am
Primary School Age String Instrument Ensemble – Years 1 to 6

MONDAY AUGUST 14 – 1.00pm
A – Primary School String Orchestra or Ensemble – B Grade Years 1 to 6

MONDAY AUGUST 14 – 3.00pm
A – Secondary School String Orchestra or Ensemble – C Grade Years 7 to 12


MONDAY AUGUST 14 – 5.30pm
B – Primary School String Orchestra or Ensemble – B Grade Years 1 to 6


TUESDAY AUGUST 15 – 9.00am
A – Primary School String Orchestra or Ensemble – C Grade Years 1 to 6

TUESDAY AUGUST 15 – 11.00am
Seconday School Age String Instrument Ensemble – Years 7 to 12

TUESDAY AUGUST 15 – 1.00pm

B – Primary School String Orchestra or Ensemble – C Grade Years 1 to 6

TUESDAY AUGUST 15 – 4.00pm
Secondary School String Orchestra or Ensemble – A Grade Years 7 to 12


TUESDAY AUGUST 15 – 6.00pm
C – Primary School String Orchestra or Ensemble – C Grade Years 1 to 6


A – Primary School Novice String Orchestra or Ensemble – Years 1 to 6


B – Seconday School String Orchestra or Ensemble – C Grade Years 7 to 12


Seconday School String Orchestra or Ensemble – B Grade Years 7 to 12


Primary School Novice String Orchestra or Ensemble – Years 1 to 6


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SEVEN LAST WORDS – MOMENTUM ENSEMBLE powered by the Australian Youth Orchestra @ The Edge
Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm

James Crabb Director, Accordion

Julian Smiles Cello


Concerto in C major, RV554a 

AHO arr. Crabb
Tango Lamentoso

PIAZZOLLA arr. Crabb

Kicho; Libertango

AGRI/CARLI arr. Crabb

Desde adentro


Seven Words

Experience the magnificently potent blend of accordion and strings as Scottish classical accordion virtuoso, James Crabb, inspires the limitless imagination of Australia’s best young instrumentalists from Momentum Ensemble, powered by the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Bursting with life and energy, soloists James Crabb and Julian Smiles will demonstrate magnificent command and versatility of their instruments in an immensely diverse program of works. Featuring a spirited arrangement of Vivaldi, the sophisticated exuberance of Piazzolla and Argentine Tango Nuevo, and culminating in a mystical and thought-provoking work from the 20th Century, this is an inspired evening of music not to be missed.

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My Nightingale @ Brisbane City Hall
Aug 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

With diverse backgrounds from Australia, Finland, Sweden and America, these incredibly talented musicians and singers bring to the stage soul soothing tunes with luscious vocal harmonies, layers of beautiful strings and grooving folk rhythms.

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Murphy’s Pigs – Presented by the Bug @ New Farm Bowls Club
Aug 22 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

A big band, a big sound and masters of organised chaos – this is Murphy’s Pigs – a passionate, irreverent and energetic ten piece Celtic ensemble. Playing a blend of Celtic rock and traditional folk Murphy’s Pigs drag you headfirst into their world of rugged mountains, stormy oceans, fearsome battles, unrequited love and a drop or two of the whiskey. Influences of folk, rock, jazz, country and blues weave through a rich musical tapestry of dynamic instrumentation. An insane number of instruments and powerful vocal harmonies unite to create an exciting, distinctive and unforgettable experience. If you like singing your heart out, clapping your hands, stamping your feet, dancing like a loon or just enjoying some good craic … Murphy’s Pigs delivers.

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Unaccompanied Bach – Presented by UQ School of Music @ St John's Cathedral
Aug 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

About UQ Music at St John’s Cathedral

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Faculty Chamber Ensemble – Presented by Qld Conservatorium @ Ian Hanger Recital Hall
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Queensland Conservatorium’s stellar staff join with guests to present two of the most sublime works in the string sextet genre from Dvořák and Brahms.

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Gympie Muster – including Hillbilly Goats @ Various Locations
Aug 24 – Aug 27 all-day

In its 36th year in 2017, Gympie Music Muster has pulled together a stellar all-Aussie line-up led by pop starlet Jessica Mauboy.

The ARIA-winning singer will headline the Queensland festival which boasts a decidedly more country/country rock feel this year, also locking in headliners Adam Brand, Busby Marou and Graeme Connors for the four-day extravaganza.

Mauboy says, “I have ALWAYS dreamed of playing The Muster. This is an honour and a thrill and I am going bring my best country A-game.”

The Muster’s program director Jeff Chandler says, “We’re continuing to build on what we’ve always done, providing a variety of entertainment, while sticking firmly to our country roots.”

Festival favourites, the Hillbilly Goats exude an undeniable passion for mountain music, the instruments and the harmonies.  Their mission is to strip back the layers of modern music and transport you on a journey that began centuries ago when the immigrants first settled in the Appalachian Mountains of America.  These guys aren’t just a band – they’re a show!

Their recordings paint a picture of traditional songs from 1710 through to the 1940’s with a high energy quirky edge.  Featuring Banjo, Bones, Double Bass, Fiddle, Tap Dancing, 3 part Harmonies and more, there is a tale told of the history of Mountain Music’s evolution into Blues, Country & Bluegrass.

If you’re haven’t seen the Hillbilly Goats yet, check them out and see what all the fuss is about.  They sure know how to Raise A Ruckus and you are guaranteed to be entertained – OLD TIME STYLE!

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Music Workshop with Mzaza @ Paradise Parklands (Gold Coast)
Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


In partnership with the Arts Centre Gold Coast and Coast Acoustics
Learn a couple of Macedonian and Bulgarian tunes with Greta Kelly, (violin and shahkaman), John Robertson (Spanish guitar) and Goran Gajic (double bass). Bring along your instrument and a recording device if you like. To participate in this free workshop please fill in this Registration Form.

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Explore Beethoven With QSO: Strings Workshop @ Gold Coast Arts Theatre
Aug 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

QSO Plays Beethoven: Explore Beethoven with QSO

Strings Student Workshop

Local secondary school students nominated by teachers as exceptional instrumentalists will workshop with conductor Mark Sullivan from Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO).

This fully subsidised workshop is FREE for students and application is via teacher nomination.

They will participate in interactive learning and authentic performance experience, studying repertoire they will see QSO play live the next evening (Sat 26 Aug, 7.30pm at The Arts Centre Gold Coast; free student ticket included for workshop participants).

Students will also have the exciting opportunity to meet a musician to find out more about playing in a professional orchestra and touring life with QSO.

There are positions available in:

Violin 1
Violin 2
Double Bass

We invite teachers to nominate students to participate by emailing our Education Officer:education@theartscentregc.com.au. Please note: you must be able to confirm that your nominated student/s must be able to their part of Beethoven Symphony No. 1 (see instrument sheet music links below).


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Redland Sinfonia – Maiden Voyage @ RPAC Concert Hall
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Featuring up and coming dramatic soprano Jacqueline Duckworth, Redland Sinfonia prize winner in her debut as a soloist with the orchestra, in this enchanting program of arias, overtures and orchestral favourites.

Conductor: Dr Graeme Denniss
Mozart – Overture to Magic Flute  
Purcell – Aria: Dido’s Lament  
Beethoven – Overture to Egmont   
Puccini – Aria: O Mio Babbino Caro
Pachelbel – Canon
Barber – Aria: Sure on this Shining Ligh

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The Mendoza Tango Quartet – presented by Byron Bay Tango Festival 2017 (Byron Bay) @ Byron Theatre
Aug 26 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The Mendoza Quartet is made up of a fiery group of professional Australian-based musicians passionate about sharing their love of tango music. Mutual lovers of Argentinian music, dance and wine their name, Mendoza, is inspired by the largest wine-producing region in Latin America. Equally at home performing concerts of nuevo tango music as they are playing golden age tango classics for milongueros to dance to, the Mendoza Tango Quartet seeks to infuse their performances with a spicy, passionate flavour.

Don’t miss this fantastic musical event as part of the Byron Bay Tango Festival.

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Concerts at Twilight – Presented by QYO @ Old Museum Concert Hall
Aug 26 @ 5:30 pm

The QYO Concerts at Twilight series features QYO orchestras and ensembles and guest ensembles from Brisbane and regional Queensland, performing in the heritage-listed Old Museum Concert Hall.

Saturday 26 August 5.30pm
Sunday 27 August 4.00pm
Saturday 2 September 5.30pm
Saturday 9 September 5.30pm
Sunday 10 September 4.00pm
Saturday 16 September 3.30pm
QYO Junior String Ensemble and Shailer Park SHS String Ensemble
QYO Wind Ensemble and Shailer Park SHS Concert Band
Queensland Youth Orchestra 3 and Gold Coast Youth Symphony
Queensland Youth Orchestra 2 and UQ Chorale
QYO Wind Symphony and Wynnum SHS Symphonic Band
Queensland Youth Orchestra 2 and Bundaberg Youth Orchestra

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) Plays Beethoven @ Gold Coast Arts Theatre
Aug 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Arts Centre Gold Coast and Queensland Symphony Orchestra present QSO Plays Beethoven

Join QSO Music Director Alondra de la Parra for an evening of Beethoven and Mozart. In this special program, QSO presents the Australian debut tour of internationally acclaimed pianist Jan Lisiecki. Widely regarded as an “aristocrat of piano”, see him perform one of Mozart’s most popular piano concertos.

Conductor: Alondra de la Parra

Conductor Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her spellbinding and vibrant performances, making her one of the most compelling conductors of her generation. She holds the distinction of being the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York City, and is an official Cultural Ambassador for Mexican Tourism. She has been heralded by Plácido Domingo as “an extraordinary conductor.
To view Alondra de la Parra’s full bio, click here

Soloists: Jan Lisiecki –

Just 21, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility. The New York Times has called him “a pianist who makes every note count”. Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age.
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Beethoven Leonore Overture no.3
Mozart Concerto No.20 in D minor for Piano & Orchestra
Beethoven Symphony No.1 in C major, op.21

SCHOOLS: School bookings welcome (via the button below) – suitable for audiences 12+ years. Please note new T&C’s on the Performance Booking Form for Schools. There is a Student Workshop (Explore Beethoven with QSO – Strings Workshop) available in conjunction with this performance. The confirmation of student numbers date for this show is 29 July 2017.

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Virtuosity, Fantasy and Revolution – Presented by Noosa Orchestra @ Maleny Community Centre (Sunshine Coast)
Aug 27 @ 2:30 pm

Join us for for our next season, featuring noted violinist Warwick Adeney and conducted by Antoni Bonetti.

Repertoire includes Mendehlssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Sibelius’s Swan White suite, music from Les Miserables and more! Also featuring the Noosa String Ensemble and Noosa Mini Strings Ensemble.

Sunday 20th August at 2:30pm – Good Shepard Lutheran Church, Noosaville
Sunday 27th August at 2:30pm – Maleny Community Centre

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Black Bear Duo – Presented by The Bug @ New Farm Bowls Club
Aug 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Spirits soar and feet fly when Iain Mckenzie and Emma Nixon join forces to play fabulous Scottish music for balls and country dances, ceilidhs and concerts. They bring together a deep love of Scottish music and years of experience playing for dances. Their combined passion for performing traditional and contemporary Scottish music creates their signature exciting and individual style.

Their first CD is now available. A magnificent collection of tunes old and new. Fine musicianship set to work to great effect.

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The Full Quid – Presented by The Bug @ New Farm Bowls Club
Aug 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The Full Quid evoke the sound of timber and strings ringing through kitchen rafters and rich voices in harmony around a pinewood table ; the tone of the work boot heel on the school of arts hall floor at a Saturday night dance. Like others before them, this band of long-time friends and master musicians joins the dots between folk, country and rock and roll tapping into a musical tradition that runs through Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Bill Monroe to Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers and Johnny Cash, and onwards through Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Ray Davies. The Full Quid take this blend from its roots in dusty dance halls, the kitchen, the hearth and the veranda all the way to the stage. There they throw in a little backbeat just for the fun of it. These days they call this style Americana. They’re not sure what that means if you live in Brisbane, Australia so, when the Full Quid play, they just call it real music.

The Full Quid are:

Richard Evans: guitar, harmonica, vocals.

Dan Grant: guitar, bass, percussion, vocals.

Cathy Bell: fiddle, accordion, keyboards, vocals.

Mark Cryle: bass, mandolin, vocals.

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‘Black Earth’ – Brieley Cutting, Judit Molnar, Kristian Winther @ School of Music
Aug 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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The Endeavour Trio @ Gold Coast Arts Theatre (Gold Coast)
Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Arts Centre Gold Coast and Con Brio Concert Series Present The Endeavour Trio

Faure – Trio op. 120
Debussy – Cello Sonata
Schumann – Fantasy pieces for clarinet and piano
Brahms – Trio op. 114 for clarinet, cello and piano
The Endeavour Trio is made up of three of Australia’s most outstanding soloists: clarinettist Paul Dean (Head of Woodwind at Queensland Conservatorium), cellist Trish O’Brien (artistic director of the Coffs Harbour conservatorium and former cellist with the Sydney Symphony) and pianist Stephen Emmerson (senior lecturer, Queensland Conservatorium). They have performed together for over a decade and come to our series for the first time to present a program of French and German favourites.

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Maleny Music Festival @ Maleny Showgrounds
Sep 1 – Sep 3 all-day

This boutique festival, now in it’s 6th year is set in the lush Hinterland of the Sunshine Coast and held in the Maleny Showgrounds, the site of the original Maleny Folk Festival. It commenced in 2012 on the 25th anniversary of the first event which grew and went on to become the Woodford Folk Festival we know today.

Our family friendly festival has become renowned for it’s relaxed, intimate and casual atmosphere.

With a diverse program of acoustic based acts to dance bands, comedy, poetry, workshops and street entertainment there is something for all ages. Food and Market Stalls combined with On Site Camping, create your village for a get away from it all weekend in Maleny.

The program features acts from as far away as W.A. VIC. and N.S.W. as well as S.E. Qld.

A Children’s Program was added in 2016 to enhance the family friendly atmosphere of the event as well as a relaxed space for singing.

Non  booked performers are catered for at the Upfront Blackboard on each night at The Obi Obi Stage.

The Showgrounds are only a short walk up the hill to the shops and cafe’s of Maleny so come on up  for a great weekend to enjoy with friends.

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Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Sep 1 @ 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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