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.

Dec
17
Sun
Christmas Miracles – Presented by Qld Medical Orchestra @ Performing Arts Centre
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm

December is the month for our most-loved concert of the year. Again with the beautiful voices of QMC, it will be an afternoon of Christmas magic, fairy tales and of course, our favourite carols. This concert is traditionally packed to a full-house, so don’t forget to purchase your tickets early, and join the QMO Family for another heart-warming afternoon celebrating Christmas for charity

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Dec
27
Wed
Woodford Folk Festival @ Woodfordia
Dec 27 – Dec 31 all-day

The Woodford Folk Festival, an event of international standing, is held annually over six days and six nights from Dec 27th through to January 1st. More than 2000 performers and 438 events are programmed featuring local, national and international guests.This year will be the 31st Woodford Folk Festival and the 23rd held at Woodfordia.

The festival programme features concerts, dances, street theatre, writers’ panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, folk medicine, an entire children’s festival, an environmental programme featuring talks, debates and films, art and craft workshops, circus performances and workshops, late night cabarets, parades and special events including a spectacular fire event.

Within the festival village you can find 35 performance venues, of which 18 are all weather. The festival streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, stalls, bars, street theatre and parades. Tree-filled campgrounds, butterfly walks, ponds and wildlife complete the picturesque site.

The festival appeals to a diverse audience with all ages and many nationalities attracted each year. The event is powered by an army of volunteers whose numbers are now in excess of 2300.

 

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Dec
31
Sun
QLD POPS NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA @ Concert Hall
Dec 31 @ 5:30 pm

5:30 and 9 pm
2 hours and 30 min

 

New Year’s Eve is the big night in Brisbane when we rejoice in the year gone by and welcome the new one in. Where better to celebrate than in the Concert Hall at QPAC with the Queensland Pops Orchestra! Make an occasion of it, dress up, bling up, join family and friends for a wonderful concert and embrace the start of the New Year with the best views of Brisbane’s fireworks.

There will be two performances of the New Year’s Eve Gala concert, the first at 5:30pm and the second at 9pm. This year the concert will feature internationally renowned tenor Rosario La Spina, soprano Katie Stenzel, dancers Dylan Lackey and Alysha Martignago from Queensland Ballet, and young violin virtuoso Cherin Lee, along with the full Pops Orchestra.

This is your best “A list” New Year’s Eve event with the best venue, the best entertainment and the most glamourous, fun filled night to remember.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE 17 – ROARING 20’S w Melissa Western,Tnee Dyer, Malcolm Wood, Shenzo Gregorio,Luke McIntosh,Jacob Mann @ Brisbane Jazz Club
Dec 31 2017 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 1 2018 @ 1:00 am

New Year’s Eve by the Brisbane River is always spectacular at the BJC and 2017 we’re throwing a wild 20s party filled with decadence and surprise! Our hot band kicks off with a set of old time, feel-good blues led by Tnee Dyer followed by hit cabaret show ‘The Roaring Twenties’ featuring singer/actor Melissa Western. Meet fabulous characters like diva Greta Weill from Berlin, Big Mamma bringing the blues from New Orleans, Parisian showgirl Coco L’amure, and New York moll Mae Kelly. The lead up to midnight is a final set of uptempo hot jazz featuring Malcolm Wood (trumpet) and Shenzo Gregorio (violin) to usher in the new year.

Come dressed in 20s style and become the speakeasy set celebrating the Roaring Twenties in a smoky, authentic experience of twenties hedonism.

The Roaring Twenties cabaret has toured extensively through Queensland to rapturous crowds and is inspired by the thrilling hedonism of film releases including The Great Gatsby, Midnight in Paris and Chicago. NYE at the BJC will charm you into the smoky, glitzy, ritzy speakeasy lifestyle of the hot Jazz Age.

Enjoy a sumptuous three course meal prepared by Story Bridge Hotel chefs and dance the night away to the dynamic Melissa Western (vox), Tnee Dyer (keys/vox), Malcom Wood (trumpet/vox), Shenzo Gregorio (violin), Luke McIntosh (bass), Jacob Mann (drums).

With a wild cabaret, fabulous style, dancing and more, don’t miss this spectacular party!

Doors open 6.00pm – 1.00 am

Please be seated by 7.00pm

Band 7.30pm to 11.55pm and then countdown to Midnight with Auld Lang Syne and a great view of the riverside fireworks from our deck

 

 

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Jan
5
Fri
Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Jan 5 @ 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,
Jan 5 @ 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.
Date
First Friday of every month

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Jan
6
Sat
Music by the Sea Festival @ Various Locations
Jan 6 all-day

Welcome to the 16th Music By The Sea
Free Festival Cafe Series at Matthew Thomas Cafe  –  50 Eagle Terrace, Sandgate (10am – 11am, 12am – 1pm)

EclecTea Vintage Cafe  –  15 Gladstone St, Brighton (6pm – 7pm)

Ticketed concerts at Sandgate Town Hall

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Jan
7
Sun
MCGREGOR MUSIC SUMMER 2018 @ USQ Campus
Jan 7 – Jan 13 all-day

MCGREGOR MUSIC SUMMER 2018
Welcome to the contemporary McGregor Music Summer 2018 Retreat
\The Australian music industry is ever evolving, and at McGregor so are we!

At McGregor Music, active industry professionals will help you uncover your musical potential – no matter your instrument, speciality or skill level.

This seven-day music retreat, hosted in Toowoomba, is built on a framework able to facilitate musicians regardless of their experience with tutors ready to guide you to that next level sound, and inspire you to create, collaborate and connect.

Musicians will gain exposure to the many career pathways and performance options available within the contemporary music world through solo or ensemble performance, studio recording, behind the scenes snippets and teaching.

So if you’re an aspiring talent, a passionate artist or simply a hobbyist looking to master your instrument McGregor Music has something for you!

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Intermediate Celtic Sessions @ Finbar's Lounge Bar (Sunshine Coast)
Jan 7 @ 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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Darol Anger, Monique Clare and The Republic of Strings @ MAGDA COMMUNITY ARTZ INC
Jan 7 @ 5:00 pm
Darol is at home in all sorts of musical genres, and renowned for his experimentation and genre-bending playfulness. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Darol has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous ground breaking ensembles – including his Republic of Strings. With Brisbane award winning cellist, Monique Clare, it’ll be a great way to chill in the new year! Don’t miss his one public gig in Qld: at Magda’ s

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Jan
8
Mon
Darol Anger and The Republic of Strings   (USA)
Jan 8 @ 5:00 pm

-also featuring The Barkers Vale Brothers (comedy/folk)  and Lowana Davies (circus artist)

Adults-$30 Kids-$15 (includes meal)

A night of the highest quality acoustic music, spectacular circus and organic food.

Featuring the incredible Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings (USA) The Barkers Vale Brothers (AUS) and Lowana Davies (Trapeze and Aerials)

The menu is organic food largely grown on the Big Sky Farm property and lovingly prepared by Genevieve Davies and her talented kitchen team.

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Jan
15
Mon
CREATIVE FUSIONS Summer Music School @ Queenland Multicultural Centre
Jan 15 – Jan 19 all-day

BEMAC is thrilled to once again have partnered with ground-breaking music and arts organisation Sounds Across Oceans to deliver another unique Summer School expeience –  CREATIVE FUSIONS 2018.

Open to musicians from 10 to 110 years, CREATIVE FUSIONS 2018 offers participants an inspiring music-making week-long summer program that focuses on fusing diverse musical styles, storytelling and dance in an exploration of music-making.

Sounds Across Oceans (SAO) is a unique music and arts organisation, established by composer/educator/performer, Dr. Anthony Garcia, to explore and promote a more holistic vision of music and its role in society. Through innovative education programs, workshops, presentations and performances that focus on collaboration, improvisation and experimentation, SAO builds bridges between genres, cultures and communities.

The Summer School brings together young aspiring musicians, world music specialists, innovative jazz and classical musicians with musical forms and sounds from across the globe to create new music. The program will culminate in a special performance, showcasing original ideas and compositions developed throughout the learning journey, giving participants the opportunity to perform to family, friends and new audiences.

Whether you play an instrument in your garage band, are just starting on your musical journey, or are a seasoned jazz singer,  or would like to learn a new skill, CREATIVE FUSIONS 2018 is the ideal way to experiment and collaborate in a creative and supportive space.

All instruments, styles and experience levels are welcome.

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YoungBlue SummerSchool 2018 @ QUT Skyline Studios, Building Z9, Floor 5
Jan 15 – Jan 19 all-day

Participants aged between 8 – 18 are invited to participate. By learning in a supportive environment, participants are encouraged to design and present their own unique performance and feel empowered to think like musical entrepreneurs. Embracing the rapid evolution of the music industry, DeepBlue encourage YoungBlue musicians to think out-of-the-box. Working with members of DeepBlue, industry experts and exciting guests, participants will do workshops in dance, improvisation, composition, technology and live performance, stage craft, circus and much more.

This year we have new repertoire in mind with an exciting new theme …

The workshops are tailored for strings (including guitar and bass guitar), percussion and electronic musicians and will be grouped suited to their ages and abilities.

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Jan
19
Fri
Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Jan 19 @ 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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Feb
2
Fri
Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Feb 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.

Click Here for more Information

Moreton Celtic Fiddle Club @ Mango Hill community hall,
Feb 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.
Date
First Friday of every month

Click Here for more Information

Feb
3
Sat
Music By The Sea Concert Series 2018 @ Sandgate Town Hall
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm

The Necks – one of the great cult bands of Australia

​Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), Lloyd Swanton (bass)

​After one of their busiest years yet in 2017 – which featured the release of their acclaimed double LP Unfold, opening for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on their Australian tour, a successful tour of the US, three European tours, and a huge feature article in the New York Times – The Necks, Australia’s legendary artists-in-resonance, return in February to perform a run of east coast dates and mix their new album which will be released later in the year.

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Feb
4
Sun
Intermediate Celtic Sessions @ Finbar's Lounge Bar (Sunshine Coast)
Feb 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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Feb
12
Mon
TOGNETTI TCHAIKOVSKY BRAHMS – Presented by ACO @ QPAC Concert Hall
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm

ANNA CLYNE Prince of Clouds Australian Premiere
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings in C major
MISSY MAZZOLI Dark with Excessive Bright
World Premiere*
BRAHMS (arr. strings) String Sextet No.2 in G major
* Commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra
ARTISTS
Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Maxime Bibeau Double Bass
Ike See Violin
Glenn Christensen Violin
with Musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music

This is an explosive start to our 2018 Season.

Brahms’ Sextet in G major is so rich, so melodic, and so emotively powerful that, when bolstered in our new arrangement for full string orchestra, Richard Tognetti calls it Brahms’ ‘Fifth Symphony’. Add to that the relentlessly youthful energy from the players of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), and you’re witnessing something akin to alchemy.

When your senses need soothing, Tchaikovsky’s soaring Serenade for Strings makes sure that whatever lies deep in our hearts gets a chance to gasp for air. Then it’s back to the future with two new works by Missy Mazzoli and Anna Clyne. Brooklyn-born Mazzoli’s world premiere concerto was commissioned especially for our Principal Double Bass Maxime Bibeau, in honour of his 20 years with the Orchestra.

Anna Clyne’s Grammy Award-nominated double violin concerto, Prince of Clouds, receives its Australian Premiere. The concerto, which the New York Times described as ‘ravishing’, gives two of our newest stars Ike See and Glenn Christensen their moment to shine.

In one word: epic.

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Feb
16
Fri
Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Feb 16 @ 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.

Click Here for more Information