Next concert: Remember & Commemerate (Brisbane City Pops Orchestra, with Adrian Head)

Remember and Commemorate

Sunday 11th November 2018 at 2pm

Schonell Theatre, The University of Queensland
Adults $30, Concessions $26, Students $12 and under 5 free
Tickets for Schonell Theatre concerts may be purchased by calling Maree Williamson on (07) 3378 2384.

Ample free parking available next to the Schonell Theatre.  Complimentary programs and post-concert refreshments are also provided!

Tickets for Schonell Theatre concerts may be purchased by calling Maree Williamson on (07) 3378 2384.

Sunday 18th November 2018 at 2pm

Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Kittyhawk Drive. Chermside

Bookings can be made by visiting the club, Kitty Hawk Drive, Chermside or by calling 136100 or book online at

The Brisbane City Pops Orchestra is proud to present a very special concert for its final programme of  2018. Remember and Commemorate will be held on Remembrance Day as well as on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I. It is a programme of music composed for and/or associated with wartime and will take you on a special journey down memory lane.

We will present the famous and stirring Dam Busters, Knightsbridge March and the Light Cavalry Overture. You can sing along to our two selections – Down Memory Lane and Thanks for the Memory- which are full of very popular and well-known melodies from the war era.

You will also be entertained with the beautiful Forgotten Dreams, Yesterday and a wonderful Satchmo selection!
We are thrilled to have well-known tenor Lindsay Gaffney as a guest artist, presenting You’ll Never Walk Alone, The Impossible Dream and more.

We are also delighted to have the amazing cornet player, Paula Russell, playing the beautiful Meditation.
Please join us for this very special concert as we Remember and Commemorate an important time in history through some very beautiful and poignant music.

September Fires: Music to warm & inspire


I’ll be joining the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s again in September, for a concert of music filled with fire and warmth.

Robert Schumann’s, “Bride of Messina”, overture, inspired by Goethe’s play, was written in two weeks and in the wake of the completion of his Third (“Rhenish”) Symphony. The plot of the play, involving two princely brothers murdering each other over their love of the same woman, who neither knew to be their sister, foretold to be the catalyst of their deaths, Schumann depicts with a brooding, foreboding introduction, followed by some of his fieriest music. This of course makes a good, fiery, companion to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which not only is recognised as one of the greatest works of Western Art Music, let alone the admiration that it has held for humanity in general, cast a long shadow over composers within and beyond the Nineteenth Century.

Contrasting these two works- perhaps the eye of the storm- we’ve included Haydn’s Symphony No. 22, a work that written in his thirties, that has the unusual orchestration of two Cor Anglais, along with the standard strings and paired horns. The addition of the Cor Anglais gives the sound of the orchestra a warmer tone, at times adding to the jocular nature of the work. Although this work goes by the subtitle, “The Philosopher”, this did not originate from Haydn himself, although it seems to have inherited the subtitle within his lifetime.

So please join us for a concert of warmth and fire on the afternoon of Sunday the 16th of September, at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, at 2:30pm. If you’re early then you might catch my pre-concert talk at 2:10pm. Tickets available via 4MBS on 3847 1717.

See you there!