Celtic Celebration

At Townsville Civic Theatre on 22nd October 2023 at 5:30pm

The Celtic Celebration concert was held in Townsville Civic Theatre on Sunday 22nd October. Guest Conductor Patrick Pickett swirled his baton as he worked the rich seam of Celtic classics in this celebration of Scottish and Irish traditions. The audience heard the legends, the fables, the humour, the melancholy and the euphoria, with special guests Gregory Moore and Sarah Calderwood combining the very best elements of Celtic music into one incredible package.

Showcasing his traditional Irish music talents was Kevin Higgins who played the concert wooden flute and the Uilleann Pipes.

Add The Townsville Choral Society, Highland Dancing and a Pipe Band and the concert was an unforgettable evening of Celtic music.


Featuring our guest conductor Patrick Pickett

Patrick Pickett is owner, Artistic Director/Conductor of the Queensland Pops Orchestra. This iconic orchestra has been renowned for quality entertainment since it was formed by Colin Harper in the mid 80′s. Patrick is delighted to lead the Pops on the next phase of its artistic evolution.
Click on Patrick Pickett's photo to see the full biography.

Music Programme

Details of the music can be found in the printed programme displayed below.

Guest Artist: Sarah Calderwood


Sarah is a multi award-nominated singer and storyteller who unites storytelling with modern and traditional folk music.

Guest Artist: Gregory Moore


Greg is in high demand as a cross-over Pop Opera artist.

Guest Artist: Kevin Higgins

Irish wooden flute and uilleann pipes

Kevin took an interest in the Irish wooden flute and uilleann pipes after listening to early recordings of Planxty and the Bothy Band.

Guest Artist: Bruce Grice


Bruce Grice’s musical journey commenced at the age of 12, when he discovered his passion for piping.


Concert Programme:

Click on the image above to view a PDF of the printed concert programme.

Concert Review:

A review of this concert can be viewed here.