AFCM Concert in the Park 2015

At Queens Gardens on 2nd August 2015 at 3:00pm

The AFCM and Townsville City Council celebrate 25 years of Festival music with a free concert for all! Bring the kids, friends, family and any visitors along to Queens Gardens, settle back on a rug and enjoy some of the best musicians in the world staged in the beautiful leafy green gardens. Get up close to some great music performed by the truly fabulous Amy Dickson on saxophone, the 1RAR Band and the Barrier Reef Orchestra. And of course it’s not a celebration without a rousing 1812 Overture! The cannon firing will be a surprise in which you will be involved!

The concert will be hosted by Damien Beaumont, from ABC Classic FM.


Featuring our guest conductor Andrew Ryder

Andrew has conducted the Barrier Reef Orchestra for several concerts, including the Queens Gardens concerts in collaboration with AFCM, BRO goes to the Movies, World Music Concert celebrating Townsville 150 and a BRO children’s concert featuring Peter and the Wolf. Andrew has also been rehearsal conductor for many concerts. When not on the conductors’ podium, Andrew leads the BRO horn section.
Click on Andrew Ryder's photo to see the full biography.

Music Programme

Aaron Copland

  • Fanfare for the Common Man

William Walton

  • Crown Imperial: Coronation March

Giacomo Puccini

  • Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro

Soloist: Cheryl Barker Conductor: Nicholas Daniel

Antonin Dvorak

  • Rusalka: Song to the Moon

Soloist: Cheryl Barker Conductor: Nicholas Daniel

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  • 1812 Overture Op 49

Concert Review:

A review of this concert can be viewed here.