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QSO collaborates with the Townsville community orchestra

In 2018, Queensland Symphony Orchestra received funding from Arts Queensland to enable it to collaborate with the Townsville community orchestra, Barrier Reef Orchestra, in the performance of Stage and Screen, conducted by Richard Davis.

With repertoire from composers such as Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Mozart, and of course the legendary John Williams, this was a stimulating evening for both orchestra and audience.

Richard Davis travelled to Townsville two weeks before the performance to work on style, tempos and technique with the local musicians.  In the final week, Davis again directed rehearsals and was joined by a group of principal players to attend final rehearsals and direct tutorial sessions. The program was very well received by audience and community musicians alike, with a great turnout at the Townsville Civic Theatre. This model of connecting with local communities is one the Orchestra aims to introduce into other Queensland communities in coming years.

2018 was a wonderfully positive year of performances and regional touring with more than 20,000 people attending regional performances and education activities and over 15,000 people attending free performances. 17,254 school students participated in regional activities and 10,553 people attended education activities, community events and performances in Brisbane.