Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra
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The BPO performs several concerts each year at venues including the Brisbane City Hall, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, St John's Cathedral, St Stephen's Cathedral, and the Old Museum Building, Brisbane. The orchestra also tours regionally throughout Queensland.
It is administered by an executive committee elected by the members each year. The members are involved voluntarily in all facets of the organisation such as concert production, marketing and promotion, auditions, and social events.
The orchestra was formed in 1999 with only 18 musicians. In 2000, the orchestra changed its name to the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. The BPO started presenting annual subscription seasons from 2001. In 2005, the orchestra received an honourable recognition at the National Orchestral Awards, the first Queensland community orchestra to have received such a mention. The orchestra presented its tenth annual subscription season in 2010.
In addition to performing in its own right, the orchestra has also appeared in many popular music festivals. The orchestra is a regular participant in the Brisbane Festival and the Queensland Music Festival, and is a long-standing contributor to the 4MBS Festival of Classics, Australia's largest classical music festival.
Past Featured Artists
- Werner Andreas Albert
- John Curro AM MBE
- Philip Davis
- Sean O'Boyle (composer)
- Warwick Potter
- Gwyn Roberts
- Chen Yang
- Sergei Korshmin
- Peter Luff
- Leo McFadden
- David Law
- William Barton (didgeridoo)
- James Cuddeford (violin)
- Deborah Humble (mezzo-soprano)
- Rosario La Spina (tenor)
- Sara Macliver (soprano)
- Katie Noonan (singer-songwriter)
- Markus Stocker (cello)
- Melinda Stocker (violin)
- Tony Vandermeer (guitar)
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