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Bill Tweddell

Management Committee 2021/2022

The following committee was elected at the AGM on 6th June 2021.

PresidentHelen Land
Vice-PresidentAndrew Ryder
SecretaryAngela Summers
TreasurerNeil Renison
Committee:Janet Askern
 Judy Hunter
 Noel Price
 Billie Saint Rang
 Geoff Ward
 Monika Ward

Orchestra Manager

Sally Frewen-Lord

Life Members

Annette Elliss

Life member since June 2020
Annette Elliss had the role of Treasurer from 2004 until 2015. In that time she ...

Carol Dall'Osto

Life Member since July 2010
Carol has been a leading figure in music performances in Townsville for many ...

Donna McMahon

Conductor / Life Member
Donna has been a leader in the Townsville music community since she arrived in ...

Jacinta Payne

Life Member
Jacinta has been part of the Orchestra from the beginning when she played 1st ...

Jenny Carr

Life Member since July 2010
Jenny Carr came to Australia from Scotland in the early 70s and instantly ...

Simon McConnell

Life member since June 2020
Simon McConnell agreed to be President in 2006 when the Orchestra was in danger ...
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Stephen Frewen-Lord

Life Member since 2015
Stephen has been involved with the Barrier Reef Orchestra since its inception; ...

Suzanne Darrigan

Life member since June 2020
Barrier Reef Orchestra stalwart Suzanne Darrigan was excited to be in the first ...

Guest Conductors

Craig Johnson

Lieutenant Colonel Craig Johnson, born and raised in Sydney, NSW, joined the ...
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Andrew Ryder


John Hopkins OBE

Professor John Hopkins OBE was involved with the Orchestra from its earliest ...

Richard McIntyre OAM

Richard McIntyre, OAM, BMus (University of Sydney) has maintained a long and ...

Theodore Kuchar

Theodore Kuchar hardly needs an introduction to Townsville audiences as he is ...

Raymond Yong

Conductor / Piano
Raymond Yong was born in Malaysia, emigrating to Australia at the age of two. ...

Gwyn Roberts

Gwyn Roberts has had a very active career as a cellist, conductor and music ...

David Lawrence

David Lawrence is one of the UK's most versatile conductors, regularly directing orchestras, symphony choruses, and national youth choirs; he holds the Guiness World Record for conducting the UK's largest choir, of 6,486 voices. David conducted the Barrier Reef Orchestra with the Spirit of the Voice Choirs in a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony in 2011.

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.

Sean O'Boyle

Sean O’Boyle is a composer, arranger and conductor with a particular interest ...

Donna McMahon

Conductor / Life Member
Donna has been a leader in the Townsville music community since she arrived in ...

Gyula (Jules) Cseszkó

Gyula Cseszkó (Jules) kindly agreed to conduct our August concert because of ...

Mark Shiell

Mark has guest-conducted ensembles including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, ...

Richard Davis

Richard Davis is presently Chief Conductor and Head of Orchestral Studies at ...
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Mark Eager

 Mark Eager is an exciting and passionate conductor with extensive knowledge ...

Mario Dobernig

Mario Dobernig is Conductor in Chief and Artistic Director for the Art of Sound ...

Guest Artists

Siobhan Patrick

Siobhan is a lyric soprano with a Graduate Diploma of Music (Opera) from the ...

Leah Li

Townsville based harpist Leah Xiang Li enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral ...

Arthur Athan

Arthur Athan is a pianist and teacher from Melbourne, Australia. He currently ...
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Tanya Christensen

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Tanya Christensen attained a ...

Yoshika Masuda

Born in Kobe, Japan, Yoshika Masuda first started to play the cello at ...

Cassandra Wright

Cassandra Wright is a versatile soprano with diverse performance experience. ...

David Hudson

Guitar & Vocal
David Hudson is a proud Ewamian/Western Yalanji man of North East Qld. He is ...

Rebecca Cassidy

Rebecca is a fourth year Bachelor of Music (Adv. Performance) student at the ...

Adam Lopez

Adam Lopez’s exceptional vocal artistry has paved opportunities to perform ...

Blair Harris

2010 winner of the Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition, Melbourne-based ...

Rebecca Chan


Kim Kirkman

Kim gained a Post-graduate Diploma in voice from the Queensland Conservatorium. ...

Matthew Rigby

Matthew Rigby, born in Townsville in 1985, developed a love of music at an ...

David Wakeham

This Australian singer has established an international reputation with ...

Megan Billing

Born in Korumburra, Victoria, Megan studied music from an early age, first with ...

Bronwyn Douglass

Bronwyn is a Mezzo-soprano who comes from Milton on the coast of NSW. She ...

James Dong

James Dong began learning the violin at the age of 6 and has studied with Sook ...

Ji Won Kim

Ji Won Kim began playing the violin at the age of four and attended the Yewon ...

Alex Thomas

Alex Thomas has been performing in Townsville for more years than he would like ...

James Morrison


Stefan Cassomenos

Melbourne pianist, conductor and composer Stefan Cassomenos gives regular solo ...

Cherin Lee

Cherin Lee began playing the violin at four years old. Cherin is one of the ...

Benjamin Martin

Identified by Newsday NY as an 'Excellent craftsman', The New York Times as ...

Domenico Taraborrelli

Domenico is one of Brisbane’s most experienced and versatile multicultural ...

Jade Moffat

At 21 years of age, Jade Moffat's career is just beginning. Currently in her ...

Sally Walker

Flautist Sally Walker was Grand-finalist in the Leonardo de Lorenzo Internati...
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Justin Ankus

Justin Ankus began playing the electronic organ as a teenager and by the age of ...

Jennifer Bradstreet

Jennifer Bradstreet completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Sydney ...