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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

Richard McIntyre OAM

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

Mark Shiell

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

Gyula (Jules) Cseszkó

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

Mario Dobernig

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

Richard Davis

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

Theodore Kuchar

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

Craig Johnson

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

Raymond Yong

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

Donna McMahon

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

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.

John Hopkins OBE

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


Sean O'Boyle

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

Gwyn Roberts

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

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

David Lawrence

David conducted the Barrier Reef Orchestra with the Spirit of the Voice Choirs ...

Guest Artists

James Dong

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

Blair Harris

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

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

Ji Won Kim

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

Megan Billing

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

Yoshika Masuda

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

Siobhan Patrick

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

Rebecca Chan


Domenico Taraborrelli

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

Sally Walker

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

Leah Li

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

David Hudson

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

Arthur Athan

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

Adam Lopez

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

Cherin Lee

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

Alex Thomas

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

Benjamin Martin

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

Jennifer Bradstreet

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

Bronwyn Douglass

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

James Morrison


Cassandra Wright

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

Matthew Rigby

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

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

Stefan Cassomenos

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