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  • Sat

    With Honour We Serve

    2:30 & 7:30 QPAC

    Commemorating 100 years of service to the nation.

    Patrick Pickett will bring 37 years of experience within the Australian Defence Force to the design of a concert that will commemorate 100 years of service by those who left our shores and served our nation in times of world crises. We will take you from the Gallipoli landing and formation of the ANZACs in 1915, through to Armistice Day and the joy of peace, then the rekindled fear of the 1940s and the euphoric celebrations that followed. Music has stirred our hearts through the many conflicts around the world where Australians have placed themselves in danger. We will commemorate their service and celebrate the nation.

    Award winning Australian artist Darren Coggan, boasts starring roles in Happy Days, Grease, Peace Train. His 4th Album War Stories is a moving salute to the ANZACs, for which he was awarded his second Golden Guitar.


    Also appearing will be Deborah O’Toole, a serving member of the Australian Defence Force and entertainer of troops around the world.
    Deborah O'Toole


    ACT I

    Advance Australia Fair

    Larrikins and Legends

    The ANZAC

    Vera Lyn Medley

    Mad for a Fight

    And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

    Pack Up Your Troubles…


    Scotland the Brave

    With Honour We Serve

    Black Bear

    Changi Banjo

    Andrew Sisters Medley

    Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

    Glenn Miller Medley

    ACT II

    A Life on the Ocean Wave

    Colonel Bogey

    Dam Busters

    Hector The Hero

    Theme from Mash


    Hey Jude


    War To End All Wars

    Poster Girl

    Waltzing Matilda

    Heroes of a New Generation


  • Sat

    Best of British at the Tatt's

    The Queensland Pops Orchestra will entertain members and guests at the Tattersall's President’s Gala Dinner

    Best of British 2014


    Members' Bar

    For bookings phone 07 3331 8846 or 07 3331 8864.

    Pre-dinner drinks from 6:30pm

    Cost: $175

    Dress code: Black Tie.

    Gregory Moore and Lisa Lockland-Bell will join us in presenting a mini Best of British with all the Pomp and Circumstance you know and love.  You do not have to be a member of the Tattersall's Club to come and enjoy the great music in a spectacular building.

  • Sat

    Viva Italila Supremo

    2:30 & 7:30pm QPAC

    Mother's Day QPAC

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    The music of Italy evokes passion, romance, red wine and pasta. 2013 saw the Pops’ first Viva Italia, acclaimed by many as the most spectacular show by the Pops ever. In 2015 we will again transport you on your adventure to the many cultural destinations in Italy with their stylistically sensuous music. Anna-Maria La Spina will return with a selection of songs that characterise the old and new in Italian music. Helping her will be the sensational accordionist Domenico Taraborrelli. Vocal trio Tenori will bring shades of The Three Tenors and sounds that have established ensembles like Il Divo as entertainment destinations. Anna-Maria la Spina Tenorinrphotography H-38    Book Now


  • Sun

    Viva Italila Supremo


    The Events Centre Caloundra

  • Sun

    Grande Soiree and High Tea at Tatt's



    Enjoy the elegant décor of the Tattersall’s Club, being served High Tea while you are entertained by

    our new Concertmaster Glenn Murray

    also our longest serving musician, Cellist, Chris Patrick

    Pops pin up boy Gregory Moore

    Harpist Momoka Nogita

    Accompanied by pianist Kathy Sander


    Tickets $65

    Bookings essential: phone Rhonda on 3278 1913 or email: friends@qldpops.com

    The bar will be available for personal purchases.
    Tattersall’s dress code applies (no denim, jeans shorts or sneakers)
    Parking discount available for Queens Plaza & Winter Gardens
    upon ticket validation within the Tattersall’s Club

  • Sun

    High Tea


    Graceville Bowls Club

    16 Wylie St, Graceville

    Enjoy music by the Queensland Pops Orchestra Woodwind Quintet and Principal Harpest Ellena Papas while being served a delicious High Tea.

    Ellena Papas   Arrive at 2pm and be greeted by a glass of bubbly and the welcoming ladies of the Graceville Bowls Club

      All proceedings from this fabulous event will go towards refurbishing the club house for future generations of the Graceville community.

      seats are limited so book now

      Phone: 3379 1730

      email:  annrmanion@gmail.com

  • Sat

    Come Swing Again

    2:30 & 7:30pm QPAC

    Book NowCome Swing Again

    On August 29 the Queensland Pops Orchestra is back – bigger and brighter than ever – with its next stunning season concert “Come Swing Again”, presenting an all-time greats swing music showcase.

    The highly entertaining JMI New Orleans Street Band will open this unforgettable event, transporting the listener back to the birthplace of traditional jazz with a roving ‘street-style’ presentation that will set the pace for this carnival of concerts. Comprising staff and students of the Jazz Music Institute in Brisbane’s Bowen Hills, this ebullient ensemble values the importance of early jazz and they’re sure to have audiences smiling, tapping their feet and even dancing in the aisles to their cheerful and lively music throughout the concert – encapsulating the very best of traditional melodies and rhythms of the streets of New Orleans.

    Headline artist, internationally renowned pianist Joe Chindamo, will tinkle the ivories with a suite of music by the legendary Duke Ellington arranged for piano and orchestra. Joining Joe on stage will be special guest artists Deborah O’Toole and the Empire Swing Dancers.

    The ever-suave Qld Pops Big Band will be in full swing mode of course, adding their special sound to this delectable musical feast. As they say, variety is the spice of life ... and Pops audiences are assured of a dazzling display of talent for this third series concert of 2015.

    Joe ChindamoWith 23 CDs under his belt (including several Japanese chart toppers), countless world tours and a plethora of awards, Joe Chindamo is routinely described as one of the best jazz pianists in the world. Joe’s creative talents transcend jazz – he’s also composed concertos, chamber music and film music, and his formidable performing technique has earned him international praise across the genre divide. Invited to perform concerts in Italy by celebrated classical pianist Michele Campanella and renowned piano maker Paolo Fazioli, Joe appears regularly in Australia at jazz clubs, festivals and concerts ranging from intimate house to large-scale orchestral. Joe has twice won the MO award for Jazz Instrumental Performer Of the Year, two Bell Awards for best album and the APRA award for best jazz composition of the year ... and then there’s his classical compositions and hit CDs. Joe has worked on more than 60 film soundtracks, and his piano playing is featured on such iconic Australian films as Phar Lap, Man From Snowy River II and The Sound of One Hand Clapping.

    Deborah O'TooleBorn and bred in Melbourne, special guest vocalist Deborah O’Toole has enjoyed a varied professional career – everything from vocal tutor, cover band vocalist and freelance session singer to musical theatre and television performer, appearing in productions of Into The Woods, The Dusty Springfield Story and Les Miserables among many others. A popular member of ABBA tribute band BABBA, Deborah joined the Australian Army Band in November 2002 and has since shared the stage across Australia with guest artists such as Marina Prior, Rhonda Burchmore, Tom Burlinson and Guy Sebastian. Deborah’s warm rapport with audiences has seen her tour the world – whether it be entertaining the troops on deployments to Iraq, East Timor and the Solomon Islands, or feature performances for Anzac Day dawn services at Gallipoli and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. In 2006 Deborah was honoured to receive an Army Commendation, a medal awarded for her excellence as a vocalist representing the Australian Army.

    Adding to the excitement and enjoyment of this “Come Swing Again” program, maestro Patrick Pickett CSM and the Queensland Pops Orchestra are proud to introduce one of Brisbane’s most appealing specialist ensembles, the Empire Swing Dancers.

    Empire SwingEmpire Swing is Brisbane’s premier Swing Dance School and this talented troupe’s number one priority is to have fun ... so there’ll be colour and movement a ’plenty as they wow the crowd with dance moves ranging from Lindy Hop and Charleston to Balboa and Blues. 

    Queensland Pops Orchestra 2Pops Big Band

  • Sat

    A Celtic Gathering

    2:30 & 7:30pm QPAC

    Book NowA Celtic Gathering

    Returning by popular demand for the fourth of the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s 2015 subscription series is the magnificent concert spectacular “A Celtic Gathering”, in which the Celtic worlds will combine in an extravaganza of music from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the broader Celtic nations.

    Watkins Academy of Irish DanceThistle Highland DancersFeaturing the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums, The Thistle Highland Dancers and Watkins Academy of Irish Dance, this concert promises to be the most exciting and outstanding Celtic gathering ever staged by the Pops.

     Founder Musical Director Colin Harper wrote in 2000: “Never did I think it would be it would be so popular, not only with people of Celtic birth or descent, but with many others who are charmed by the romantic and often strongly patriotic music. I am constantly amazed at just how much repertoire there is, the hard decision being what to leave out.” With hit tunes like Highland Cathedral, Men Of Harlech and Irish Tune from County Derry to draw from, dynamic new Musical Director Patrick Pickett CSM is relishing the opportunity to uphold this fantastic Pops tradition.

     Our headline artists for this wonderful show return to relive the excitement of the Pops’ very first – and internationally acclaimed – smash-hit “Scotland The Brave” shows, premiered at QPAC in Brisbane (1998) and the Sydney Opera House (1999). Pops Pin-Up Boy Gregory Moore and magnificent soprano Lisa Lockland-Bell wowed the audiences then, and their special on-stage chemistry spawned a new era of concerts that continue to celebrate the rich and vibrant musical heritage of the Celts.

    Gregory Moore Gregory and Lisa will lead audiences from The Heather On The Hill down The Road To The Isles to The Bonnie Banks Of Loch Lomond, keeping the Celtic flame burning brightly throughout this lively and visually stunning show. Gregory Moore’s mellow tenor voice and wink-and-grin stage craft has endeared him to Pops audiences for 17 years. Gregory’s performing credits include The Ten Tenors, international tours of “Scotland The Brave” (including his star turn on the popular CD/DVD release that became a chart hit in Australia), special guest touring artist with Australian singing star Mirusia, and his recent tour of the UK with his own show, Southern Son. Gregory also has several recordings under his belt, including his CDs I Dreamed Of You and The Christmas Gift, as well as his very own TV Special recorded for Foxtel, An Intimate Evening With Gregory Moore & Friends.

     Lisa Lockland BellCo-starring with Gregory is the exquisite soprano Lisa Lockland-Bell. Lisa’s voice radiates joy, tenderness and meaning, and her vocal flexibility sees her move from classic opera to softer contemporary and Broadway works with ease. Lisa has appeared with major orchestras across Australia and as soloist by invitation in both the USA and Europe. She has held roles in a glittering array of productions, including The Marriage Of Figaro, Carmen, La Boheme and Die Fleidermaus. In 2011 Lisa became a published author with the release of her book Heartsong - A Search For Harmony. Her CD Heartsong was released in conjunction with her one-woman show of the same name. Lisa’s love of the Celtic repertoire will be felt by everyone ... her rendition of the Scottish lullaby Dream Angus is legendary in Pops circles.

    Pipe Major Roddy MacDonald There’ll be plenty of swirling kilts and clicking heels on stage – leading the charge will be Pipe Major Roddy MacDonald, who has been at the forefront of bagpipe composition and performance for over 40 years. His compositions have been played by a wide range of ensembles including the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the world famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

     Roddy’s performing career has seen him as a recitalist or promoter of culture and trade in over 27 countries. Since 2003 Roddy has been Pipe Major of The Queensland Police Pipes & Drums – a distinguished and much-loved Brisbane ensemble that has enjoyed a long association with the Queensland Pops Orchestra. As Vice-Regal Piper to the Governor of Queensland, Roddy will bring his consummate talents to “A Celtic Gathering”, making for a truly unforgettable Scottish experience. With the fabulous footwork of the Thistle Highland Dancers and Watkins Academy of Irish Dance keeping the on-stage variety in overdrive, audiences are guaranteed ne’er a fairer romp will be had ... and who could imagine a Celtic Pops without a Riverdance or two for good measure!

     The Pops motto: be thoroughly entertained. Come along to “A Celtic Gathering” and the guest soloists, dancers and the orchestra’s lads and lassies will have you asking “Will Ye No Come Back Again?”

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  • Sun

    A Celtic Gathering

    2:30pm Toowoomba

    The Empire Theatre Toowoomba



  • Sat

    Gala Variety Concert


    St Peters Lutheran College PAC

    Adults $65, Seniors & Pension Card Holders $55, Students $30, Family ticket (2+2) $160

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    Towoong Rotary 50th Anniversary

    The Queensland Pops Orchestra will present a Gala Variety Concert as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Toowong Rotary Club.

     Maestro Patrick Pickett has designed a concert that will bring some of the most exciting and beautiful music to the stage. Using the main stage of the newly completed Performing Arts Centre at St Peters Lutheran College Indooroopilly the orchestra will include some of the highly talented students in the orchestra as part of the orchestra’s Integrated Learning Program. A special treat will be a performance on the schools new Stuart Piano, built in Australia from the stunningly beautiful Tasmanian Oak.

     Renowned Queensland Baritone Jason Barry-Smith will headline this concert and will be joined by Soprano Katie Stenzel. Individually they will bring music from Rossini, Mozart and Gilbert and Sullivan but together they will perform some of the great duets from opera, musical theatre and popular music.

     In this year when we remember the Gallipoli landing the Pops Orchestra and chorus from St Peters will perform a new arrangement of the Last Post interwoven into Waltzing Matilda. This highly moving arrangement by Australian composer Graham Lloyd will be a spine tingling inclusion in the program. In this special segment of the concert will also be an appearance by the Vocal Manoeuvrers Andrews Sisters with some of those wonderful songs that lifted the spirits in those troubled times.

     Grandeur and spectacle will be the order of the night with Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture providing a fitting end to this concert. This segment will including the Choir of St Peters along with the full orchestra and additional musicians in what promises to be an uplifting finale. Profits from the concert will go to the Rotary Club’s chosen cause, Hummingbird House (A hospice for terminally ill children).

    Hummingbird HouseAndrews Sisters Tribute

  • Thu

    New Year's Eve Gala Concert

    6pm & 9:30pm


    New Year's Eve 2015


    Cherin LeeBrisbane music lovers, the countdown is on! ‘Holiday’ and ‘celebrate’ are the words de jour for the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s 2015 New Year’s Eve Gala concert, which assures you a first-class ticket on an exhilarating and entertaining musical journey to usher in 2016 – and another year of magic music making.

    Along for the ride is a stellar line-up of some of Australia’s most revered artists: special guest stars Silvie Paladino, Jason Barry-Smith and Cherin Lee will delight with a superb line-up of songs, arias and violin masterpieces from the greatest composers of opera, musical theatre and popular classical music. Conductor/Music Director Patrick Pickett CSM will present both traditional and exciting new repertoire in this New Year’s Eve programme – a much-anticipated annual event for which the ever-popular Queensland Pops Orchestra has been so warmly embraced for more than thirty wonderful years.

    Silvie Paladino wowed audiences at her last appearance with the Pops, showcasing the greatest West End and Broadway musicals of our time in one of the most acclaimed Pops concerts ever, Broadway Spectacular, in 2013. One of Australia’s most versatile and talented entertainers, Silvie has performed throughout Australasia and London’s West End, starring in some of the world’s most successful musicals. Silvie has played lead roles in Les Miserables, Cats, Miss Saigon and Mamma Mia!, and won a Green Room Award (and a Helpmann nomination) for her role in Chess.

    Silvie has appeared nationally with her own show, toured with Patrizio Buanne, and performed with celebrated theatre composers Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondheim. She is well known to Australian audiences through her regular TV appearances on Carols By Candlelight, and her recordings Silvie Paladino Sings Streisand, Silvie Paladino – Christmas and On My Own.

    Joining Silvie in the scene-stealing stakes is one of Brisbane’s best-loved and gifted performing artists, the one and only Jason Barry-Smith. Jason is renowned for his ability to shift seamlessly from the greatest baritone arias from classical opera and musical theatre to comedic roles in light opera and operetta – he has performed in some of Opera Queensland’s most successful productions, including Cinderella, Cosi fan tutte, The Magic Flute, The Mikado, Romeo & Juliet and La bohéme. Other Opera Queensland plaudits include his title roles in both Don Giovanni and The Barber of Seville and celebrated roles in The Pirates Of Penzance for Essgee Entertainment.

    A recipient of Opera Foundation Australia’s Italian Opera Award, Jason has performed internationally from Wellington to Tokyo to Belfast, and closer to home appears regularly in major productions for both the Brisbane Biennial Festival of Music and the Brisbane Festival.

    Virtuoso violinist Cherin Lee completes this triptych of talent, adding the ‘wow’ factor to this spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration concert. At the tender age of 13, Cherin has won countless prestigious awards for performing excellence, notably the 2014 English Family Prize for Young Instrumentalists, which entitled her to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. At the ages of 10 and 11, Cherin was awarded back-to-back Distinctions for both AMusA and LMusA in violin. Most recently, Cherin led the Somerville House Chamber Orchestra on its highly successful 2014 European tour, performing many solos in various cities across Europe. Cherin was awarded a scholarship for her outstanding talents, and is currently in Grade Nine at Brisbane’s Somerville House.

    An orchestra that loves the music it plays – and the absolute joy it brings – is what makes the Queensland Pops Orchestra such a vital, integral part of the Queensland performing arts scene. Maestro Patrick Pickett, his loyal artistic and technical support staff, the outstanding specialist artists, and the dedicated players that comprise this wonderful orchestra invite you to sit back and be thrilled by another unforgettable night of colourful, superlative music, performed as only the Queensland Pops Orchestra can. Come and join the Pops for a very Happy New Year 2016!

    Silvie Paladino

    Book NowJason Barry-Smith

       Black Tie Package: $175 

    A Reserve Ticket and access to the roof top after the late concert to watch the fireworks on the river while mingling with the stars. Enjoy Moet & Chandon Champagne and delicious nibbles. There is only room for 200 people on the roof so book early.

    Too Late, Black Tie Package is sold out!