AFCM Concert in the Park 2016

At Queens Gardens on 31st July 2016 at 3:00pm

Last year was such a resounding success the AFCM had to repeat this wonderful afternoon of music in the park.

Co-presented by Townsville City Council and in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the municipality of Townsville, the program includes Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons performed by the effervescent British violinist Tasmin Little and soprano Valda Wilson, appearances by local groups the Barrier Reef Orchestra and 1RAR band, and will finish with the audience ‘firing the cannons’ in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture!


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

Franz von Suppe

  • Light Cavalry: Overture

Antonio Vivaldi

  • The Four Seasons, Spring.

Soloist: Tasmin Little (violin)

David Salisbury

  • Symphony No. 1 Townsville Views II Queens Gardens

Leo Delibes

  • Les files de Cadix.

Soloist: Valda Wilson (soprano)

John Williams

  • Theme from Schindler’s List.

Soloist: Tasmin Little (Violin)

Giuseppe Verdi

  • E strano! Sempre libera from La Traviata.

Soloist: Valda Wilson (violin)

Peter Tchaikovsky

  • The Year 1812 – Festival Overture Op 49 (with audience participation instead of cannon fire.)