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.

Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Folías Antiguas & Criollas – From the Ancient World to the New World

Grammy Award-winning “early music superstar” (New York Times) Jordi Savall, and two acclaimed ensembles, Hespèrion XXIand Tembembe Ensamble Continuo, perform at QPAC’s Concert Hall for one night only.

Multi-instrumentalist, virtuoso, conductor, scholar, teacher and record label director, Jordi Savall defies categorisation. In a career spanning five decades, he has rescued forgotten medieval, Renaissance and Baroque treasures from neglect and obscurity and given them back for all to enjoy.

In Folías Antiguas & Criollas, the vibrant music of ancient Spain and Mexico is brought to life in a performance that blurs borders between genres, past and present, east and west – all the while keeping Savall’s Spanish/Catalan roots at the heart of his music.


Early music master Jordi Savall is one of the world’s greatest and most adventurous musicians. He created a wide audience for the viola da gamba, an instrument so refined that it takes us to the very brink of silence. His career as a concert performer, teacher, researcher and creator of new projects, both musical and cultural, make him one of the principal architects of the current revaluation of historical music.

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PD Unlocking Musical Potential – Presented by Griffin Music Education @ O'Shea Centre
Feb 28 all-day

Full-day PD Unlocking Musical Potential – Wilston QLD, Thurs. Feb 28. Guaranteed to be invaluable and stimulating. Join with the music teaching community learning and discussing the big issues of music education like the impact of mindset on music uptake and continuation, and how we need to do better at teaching students how to practise. Plus, a whole lot more. Details attached.

O’Shea Centre 19 Lovedale Street, Wilston, QLD 4051. Inclusions: tea/coffee all day, morning tea, lunch, PD certificate of attendance, digital resources folder. Cost: $350 or $295 early-bird rate for payment received prior February 15. Teachers under 23 and students, half price. Email mdgriffin63@gmail.com to register, including invoice details and dietary requirements.

Can’t attend? I can come to your school. Or, it’s in the book ‘Learning Strategies for Musical Success’ – Second Edition. $35 + $5 PH, Return email to order.

Also, Developing Musical Skill – a presentation in your school to students on how practice works. Also great for parents who would like to know how to support children’s musical learning at home.

Kind regards,

Michael Griffin

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Topology & Friends – FREE in-school workshops
Mar 1 all-day
Topology Music and Redland Performing Arts Centre

ARIA-nominated music adventurists Topology will once again work with young composers to present new music emerging from the Redlands district

As part of their award-winning Top Up program, Topology invites all school ensembles, music groups and individual artists from the wider Redland district to compose and arrange new works throughout Term 1-3.

As part of this development work Topology will conduct in-class composition workshops to help students create and fine tune these pieces.

All artists will then be featured in a live performance, sharing the Concert Hall stage with Topology at RPAC in October.

Previous Topology & Friends participants include:

  • Cleveland District State High School
  • Bayside Youth Orchestra
  • Faith Lutheran College
  • Ormiston College
  • Solo artists: Georgie Taylor, Francesca Brzoskowsk and Lucy Dron

This workshop series and performance opportunity is open to artists and ensembles of any age and music genre. Interested participants and schools can contact christa@topologymusic.com for more information and to register.

Performance Times:
In-school workshops throughout Terms 1-3
Live performance at RPAC in Term 4
In-class workshops Terms 1-3 and RPAC performance Term 4
Workshop and performance duration available from Topology
Free program of in-class workshops.
Please check with Topology via booking information email below regarding availability.
Suit Children:
School ensembles, music groups and individual artists

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Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Mar 2 @ 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,
Mar 2 @ 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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An Evening at The Proms – A Musical Spectacular @ Gold Coast Arts Theatre
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Australia’s most acclaimed international violinist Ian Cooper is joined by opera stars, prima ballerinas, Australia’s current national champion Pipe Band and the Blue Danube Orchestra to evoke the sheer exuberance of An Evening At The Proms – A Musical Spectacular.

Voted “Best Production Show” in Australia, this stunning spectacular salutes the famous BBC Proms Concerts of London’s Royal Albert Hall, performing all the well-known favourites including Rule Britannia, Radetzky March and Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory.

Enjoy selections from The Sound of Music, The Merry Widow, Verdi’s Rigoletto,  “The Waltz King” Johann Strauss plus Can-Can and Tango dancers. Also including haunting renditions of Irish favourites, the romance and emotion of the Hungarian Gypsy Orchestras and the Pipers’ tribute to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, this musical and visual spectacular is set to raise the roof!

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Brisbane Concert Orchestra @ Queen Street Mall
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Saturday 3 March BCO returns to the Queen Street Mall at 12.00, 1pm and 2pm

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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC – Presented by Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra @ Princess Theatre
Mar 3 @ 2:30 pm

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman

Set in Sweden at the turn of the last century, A Little Night Music interweaves a tangled web of former and current lovers.  When the famed (and fading) actress, Desirée Armfeldt, spots her old flame Fredrik Egerman in the audience of her most recent production, the estranged lovers’ passion rekindles, striking a flurry of jealousy and suspicion.

Featuring classic songs like ‘A Weekend in the Country‘ and ‘Send in the Clowns’ and a beautiful lush score, A Little Night Music is a hilariously witty story of love, nostalgia, regret, and the magic of music on a summer’s night that has forever entranced the world of musical theatre.

All General Seating

Director:  Cienda McNamara
Musical Director:  Michael Keen
Assistant Director:  Thomasina Lawrence
Assistant Musical Director:  Luke Volker

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Sing for Joy – a Twilight Concert in support of The Bible Society @ All saints Anglican Church
Mar 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Join us at All Saints for a twilight concert; experience inspiring vocalists, musicians, and dance displays.

A delicious supper follows the concert. Bring your friends and family to help us support the work of Bible Society.

Featured artists include:

  • Alchemy Street Choir

  • All Saints Choir

  • Vocalists: Brett Hann, Daniel Beveridge, Sarah Styles, Dorothy Vitagliano

  • Instrumentals: Iain Hunter (Saxophone); Emma Hoey (Cello); Sarah Styles (Piano)

  • Rong Rong Nie – Chinese Dance

Time: 5pm Saturday, March 3rd 2018

Place: All Saints Anglican Church, 144 Brisbane Road, Booval

(Church Parking can also be accessed from Booval St)

Concert to end at approximately 6.45 pm to 7.00 pm

Finger Food and nibbles with tea and coffee will then be served

Enquiries to Sue Ellis ph: 0407 179 107.

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​The London Klezmer Quartet – Presented by Music by the Sea @ Sandgate Town Hall
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm

The London Klezmer Quartet is a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The group plays old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments.

LKQ was formed in 2009 by a group of klezmer specialists keen to explore the almost-lost wedding music tradition of Jewish eastern Europe. The band was swiftly picked up by some of the UK’s foremost folk & world music promoters – Songlines Magazine, Continental Drifts and The Magpie’s Nest offered stages for the group’s unique combination of artistry and exuberance. The band is also one of the few in the world who lead the Yiddish dances that this music would traditionally have accompanied.

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Intermediate Celtic Sessions @ Finbar's Lounge Bar (Sunshine Coast)
Mar 4 @ 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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Muses Trio @ City Hall
Mar 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In their latest program for International Women’s Day, Muses Trio celebrate the wonder of mother earth and the power of cradle song with new music by Australians Nicole Murphy, Elena Kats-Chernin, Hilary Kleinig, and music of the past by Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, and Luise Adolpha le Beau. This concert features two world premieres inspired by divine creation and lullaby, ‘Songs of Silent Earth’ by Natalie Williams, and ‘Afflatus’ by Natalie Nicolas and music celebrating landscapes by Joyce Tang and Gila Carcas. Muses Piano Trio are Christa Powell (violin), Louise King (cello) and Therese Milanovic (piano).

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LULLABIES FOR ZANDER – Presented by Muses Piano Trio @ USQ Art Gallery
Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lullabies for Zander is a musical portrait for Muses pianist, Therese Milanovic’s firstborn, Zander. While some babies slumber to nursery rhymes, Zander’s dreams are coloured with sounds of exploring and rehearsing new music.

In their program for International Women’s Day, Muses Trio celebrate the wonder of mother earth and the power of cradle song with new music by Australians Nicole Murphy, Elena Kats-Chernin and Hilary Kleinig, and music of the past by Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, and Luise Adolpha le Beau. They will be joined by Suzanne Kompass, Director of Vocal Arts, USC performing Songs for piano trio and voice by Amy Beach. This concert features two world premieres inspired by divine creation and lullaby, Songs of Silent Earth by Natalie Williams, and Afflatus by Natalie Nicolas.

Muses Piano Trio are Christa Powell (violin), Louise King (cello) and Therese Milanovic (piano). Muses Trio discover, perform, collaborate, commission and record outstanding musical works written by women who bring this relatively unknown yet vastly deserving collection of music to the stage and to audiences. A signature of their carefully curated public performance events is sharing anecdotes about the women composers. Inspiring, collaborating, connecting, commissioning and supporting creative women to pursue and share artistic excellence are important aspects of their research and performance collaborations.

A Music at USC lunchtime concert.

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Lusitania – Raquel Bastos & Alex Raineri @ Zelman Cowen Building, UQ St Lucia Room: The Nickson Room
Mar 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Raquel is a vibrant soloist and chamber musician. Having toured across five continents, Bastos gives the viola a voice of lyricism and charm with technical finesse. Alex Raineri, described by Limelight Magazine as ‘a soloist of superb skill and musicality’, is an active soloist and chamber musician, currently based in Brisbane.

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EPIC VISIONS – Presented by QSO @ Concert Hall
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm

Conductor Eduardo Strausser
Australian debut, Queensland Symphony Orchestra exclusive
Violin Barnabás Kelemen

Mendelssohn The Hebrides, Op.26 (Fingal’s Cave)
Mozart Concerto No.4 in D for Violin and Orchestra, K.218
Bruckner Symphony No.4 in E flat

In this concert, we travel from the caves to the woodlands with three different-yet-brilliant pieces.

Inspired by a basalt sea cave, Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides reminds us of the sea and solitude, before one of the leading violinists of his generation, Barnabás Kelemen, exploits the instrument’s versatility and brightness in Mozart’s Concerto No.4.

Admire the conversational flurries between the soloist and the orchestra during this piece before being transported into a world of Medieval pageantry, knights, woodland and wild dancing with Bruckner’s epic Romantic Symphony No.4.

Bruckner’s marvels of timbre and his fondness for the French horn permeate this work, which may be why many believe this piece influenced John Williams’ theme for Star Wars.

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MENDELSSOHN & BRUCKNER – Presented by QSO @ Concert Hall
Mar 9 @ 11:30 am

One teacher free per 10 students. Transaction fees apply.

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Mendelssohn The Hebrides, Op.26 (Fingal’s Cave)
Bruckner Symphony No.4, in E flat, III. Scherzo
and more

Travel from the sea to the forest with contrasting and evocative works from the Romantic era.

The soloist in this concert is the winner of the 2018 Young Instrumentalist Prize.

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Muses Trio presents Lullabies for Zander @ Old Government House
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm

Muses Trio presents Lullabies for Zander in celebration of International Women’s Day2018.

Lullabies for Zander is a musical portrait for pianist Therese Milanovic’s first born child. While some babies slumber to nursery rhymes or white noise, Zander’s dreams in the womb were coloured with the sounds of brand new music by Australians Nicole Murphy, Elena Kats-Chernin and Hilary Kleinig, and music of the past by Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, and Luise Adolpha le Beau. Since, he has been immersed in two world premieres by Australians Natalie Nicolas and Natalie Williams, the latter commissioned by a Byron local music lover.

Your ticket includes complimentary drinks and nibbles and the opportunity to mingle with the artists after the show.

Place Old Government House
Date Friday 9 March, 6:00pm
Cost Earlybird $25 (available until 18 February)
  General Admission $35

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An Arabian Night VIP Gala – Presented by Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra @ Bumbles Cafe
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm
An invite only event for our biggest fans, we have a night set out for you to celebrate our successes and share our plans for the future. We want YOU to be apart of our mission to make the world a more harmonious place through high quality music making and sharing. Come join the first ever fundraiser and milestone event filled with beautiful canapes, drinks, raffles and entertainment at Gold Coast’s iconic Bumbles Cafe.
On Friday 9 March 2018 at 6:30pm

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Mar 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:40 pm


Reserved Theatre Seating
Adults $30
Groups (10+ people) $25

2018 Brisbane International Arts Festival

The Changhua Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra is a highly respected and innovative group who aim to enrich the lives of elementary and secondary school students by encouraging the study and performance of classical music. The Orchestra were founded in Taiwan in 2009, and have gone on to earn a shining reputation throughout the wider community.

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Concerts at Twilight – QUEENSLAND YOUTH ORCHESTRA 3 & QYO JUNIOR STRING ENSEMBLE @ Old Museum Concert Hall
Mar 10 @ 4:30 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.

 Queensland Youth Orchestra 3For many of its 80 members, QYO3 offers the first experience of playing in a full-sized symphony orchestra. Conductor Dr Bradley Voltz selects a variety of repertoire which includes original works for symphony orchestra and arrangements of film music and musicals. In 2018, QYO3 will perform three concerts in the Concert at Twilight series at the Old Museum Concert Hall, a concert at the Gold Coast and the QYO Finale Concert at QPAC.


QYO Junior String Ensemble

The Junior String Ensemble is QYO’s youngest orchestra with 65 positions available to string players aged up to 15 years. Conductor Chen Yang programs a wide range of repertoire including his own arrangements of orchestral works, opera arias and ballet music. JSE performs in three Concerts at Twilight at the Old Museum Concert Hall, a concert at the Gold Coast and the QYO Finale Concert at QPAC.

Tickets are available at the door 20 minutes prior to the advertised starting time, no pre-booking required or available. All Concerts at Twilight are general admission.

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