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Barrier Reef Orchestra

For over 20 years, Townsville’s community orchestra has drawn from the diversity of experience in North Queensland to gather gifted and talented musicians together to play orchestral music for the community. Conductors and players from all over Australia and overseas are keen to work with the orchestra and assist its development. In 2018 the Barrier Reef Orchestra partnered with Principal players from the Queensland Symphony and in 2019 AFCM’s founding Artistic Director, Theodore Kuchar, returned to conduct a special programme.

The Barrier Reef Orchestra is pleased to have the support of Bill Twedell, former Chancellor of James Cook University, who has been the Patron of the orchestra since 2017. Mr Tweddell enjoyed a distinguished career in Australia’s diplomatic service spanning four decades before returning to Townsville. More details can be read here.

BRO Concerts for 2024

The schedule for BRO’s concerts in 2024 is as follows:

  • Sunday 17th March at 5:30pm. Conductor: Carolyn Watson. Details are available on this link.
  • Saturday 8th June at 5:30pm in the Sir George Kneipp Auditorium. Conductor: Theodore Kuchar. Details are available on this link.
  • Sunday 28th July. AFCM/BRO Concert. Conductor: Theodore Kuchar.
  • Sunday 13th October at 5:30pm in the Denise Glasgow Performing Arts Centre, Pimlico. Conductor: Joshua Dos Santos.

Further information about each concert will be published as it becomes available.

BRO Concerts for 2023

The Celtic Celebration concert held In Townsville Civic Theatre on Sunday 22nd October at 5:30pm was a sell-out success. Guest Conductor Patrick Pickett swirled his baton as he worked the rich seam of Celtic classics in this celebration of Scottish and Irish traditions. More concert details can be found here, while Trevor Keeling’s review can be found here.

The annual free concert in the park in conjunction with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music was held in the Queens Gardens on Sunday 30th July. Details are viewable using this link.

The second concert, The Magic of Vienna, featuring international conductor Theodore Kuchar, was held on 10th June. Details are viewable using this link.

The first concert for 2023, titled Music In March, was held on 11th March. Details are viewable using this link.

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Barrier Reef Orchestra
PO Box 576
Townsville QLD 4810

e: brotownsville@gmail.com
p: +61 7 4722 2789

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