Queensland Symphony Orchestra has returned from its fourth regional tour, sharing the joy of music across the outermost points of the state. The regional tour visited the Western Downs and Maranoa regions, delivering quality music education and concert experiences to the students, teachers and community of Chinchilla, Miles, and Roma. The tour was jam-packed with student workshops, professional development sessions for teachers and free concerts for students and the wider community.
As well as conducting workshops and tutorials, members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra collaborated with schools and community groups to perform two Community in Concert performances in Roma and Chinchilla. The concerts featured a mix of traditional orchestral classics and new music including the passionate Montagues and Capulets from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, the beautiful Mother Goose Suite by Ravel, and premiered a new arrangement of This House from Australian composer Joe Chindamo. The piece was originally written for performance at Australia House in London in the presence of Prince Charles, and regional Queenslanders were amongst the first in the country to hear the piece.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Executive Craig Whitehead was amongst the audience for the Chinchilla Community in Concert event. “2019 is the fourth consecutive year that Queensland Symphony Orchestra has visited Chinchilla, Miles and Roma and the range of events in the program just keeps getting better and better,” Whitehead said. “We are so grateful that we have been able to undertake this tour again, and are thrilled with the many wonderful connections the Orchestra has made with teachers, students and the local community. As an Orchestra For Everyone, we are proud to share our music with as much of the state as possible.”
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