AFCM Queens Gardens Concert

At Queens Gardens on 30th July 2023 at 4:00pm

The Barrier Reef Orchestra performed with soloists from the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) in the ever-popular Queens Gardens Concert.  The orchestra was augmented by five members of the 1RAR Band and five members of the visiting US Army.  BRO’s Artistic Director Theodore Kuchar also joined the orchestra, playing viola.

The programme included a range of poular classics and film themes.


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

Paul Dukas

  • La Peri: Fanfare

Maurice Jarre

  • Lawrence of Arabia: Overture

Edward Elgar

  • Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D Major, Op. 39 No. 1

John Barnes Chance

  • Variations on a Korean Folksong

Jules Massenet

  • Meditation from Thais (with Jack Liebeck, violin)

Harold Arlen

  • The Wizard of Oz: Somewhere Over the Rainbow (with Racehlle Durkin, soprano)

Franz Joseph Haydn

  • Trumpet Concerto in E flat major (with David Elton, trumpet)

John Wiliams

  • Medley of film themes

Astor Piazzolla

  • Libertango

Ottorino Respighi

  • Pines of Rome: Pines of the Appian Way

Neil Murray

  • My Island Home (with Liz Cherry, vocals)

Photo Gallery

Photo Credit: Julian Summers