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Queensland Symphony Orchestra – truly an orchestra for the people!


Beatboxer Tom Thum, conductor Gordon Hamilton and QSO face the standing ovation.

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra has dazzled music lovers with a month of outstanding concerts presented in collaboration with the Brisbane Festival. The series of diverse performances throughout the month of September was enthusiastically received by concert-goers and reviewers alike, with every concert finishing to multiple standing ovations.

Symphony for Me, a free concert which invited the public to develop the program, booked out in 27 minutes. Members of the public were asked to nominate their favourite piece of orchestral music and share the story behind it, with a selection of the submitted works performed by the QSO in a concert hosted by Noni Hazlehurst. This was a true celebration of music and its powerful ability to make us feel alive.

Thum Prints combined the talents of beatbox virtuoso Tom Thum with the  skills of conductor Gordon Hamilton for a show unlike any other, morphing classical music with modern technology and sounds. With twists and turns, winding from whimsical to dark and even throwing Wu Tang Clan into the mix, the performance well-deserved its standing ovation.

An artistic highlight of the season was guest soprano Lisa Gasteen in radiant voice for Mahler’s deeply moving Rückert Lieder and the greatly anticipated performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.6  with Simone Young conducting the QSO. The collaboration of conductor and orchestra – together with an eager audience – created a truly wonderful evening.  ArtsHub declared that ‘Mahler himself would have been thrilled at the performance.’