AMEB 9 Nathan Ave, Ashgrove 4060
Led by Michal Rosiak
Performing classic and new works written specifically for this type of ensemble.
Chat with the musicians and Patrick after the performance with a glass of wine, or tea and coffee and a lavish afternoon tea.
Sat05May20182:30 & 7:30pm
Arguably the most anticipated of the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s ‘flagship’ concert series, the “Best of British” concerts unfurl with all the pomp and pageantry of London’s legendary “Last Night of the Proms” concerts which inspired them. There’s something very special (and very British!) about these hugely popular shows. They’re a celebration – not of real British history, with all its achievement, conquest and villainy – but rather a fun-filled ‘music hall’ version that wouldn’t be complete without barefoot seamen and Union-Jack-draped sopranos – and no mention of slaves other than those that Britons shall never, never, never be!
The stars of Best of British 2018 are soprano Elizabeth Lewis and bass-baritone Sam Hartley – a truly dynamic duo and a class act in every sense. Both are rising stars in the Australian operatic firmament. Winner of the Marten Bequest Scholarship 2017 from the Australia Council for the Arts, Elizabeth is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. In 2015 she was the winner of The Opera Foundation for young Australians Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship and the 2015 Sydney Opera House Award. A 2017 highlight for Elizabeth came on 27 October, when she made her debut as Rosalinda in the US Fargo Opera production of Die Fledermaus at North Dakota State University’s Reinke Concert Hall.
Bass-baritone Sam Hartley graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music in 2001, and was a recipient of the QCGU’s Elizabeth Muir Scholarship. Sam has been a member of the Opera Queensland chorus since 2002, and he spent two years singing with the Opera Australia chorus before spending a year studying in Germany. Sam also has a love of music theatre, and has performed widely in Australia as a concert hall soloist, bringing his distinctive timbre to some of the world’s best-loved classical masterworks, including Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Requiem.
Whether it's flag-waving, fancy dress or shout-outs, Best of British 2018 allows the audience to celebrate ‘themselves’ with a grand party – in which they feel they are as much a part of the show as the performers on stage (which of course has always been the Pops’ modus operandi since day one).
Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 (containing the immortal Land of Hope and Glory) and Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem were early highlights in a concert tradition that began way back in 1895, but it wasn’t until the Queen’s coronation year 1953 that the Fantasia on British Sea Songs (featuring the audience favourite, the Sailor’s Hornpipe), was included as one of the programme’s three fixed elements. This is a show that ticks all the boxes: rousing popular music, a lively audience, a charismatic conductor in the form of maestro Patrick Pickett, and Australia’s most entertaining orchestra under his baton … a hit formula that has won over Brisbane music lovers for more than thirty years!
Be treated to arias and songs as intoxicating as champagne, when Elizabeth and Sam join forces to ignite the passions of some of the greatest opera and theatre standards of all time. As has become a proud and long-standing Queensland Pops Orchestra tradition, gutsy flag-waving, hearty singalongs and plenty of on-stage magic will make this Best of British 2018 showcase a real night to remember.
AMEB, 9 Nathan Ave, Ashgrove 4060
Led by Concert Master Glenn Murray
Join the musicians and Patrick for a lavish afternoon tea after the performance.
Sat11Aug20182:30 & 7:30pm
Concert Hall QPAC
There’s nothing like a classic Broadway theme to wrap up another memorable year of music-making by Queensland’s most entertaining orchestra.
There are so many evergreens in the annals of Broadway musical theatre. Stage musicals like My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof and Mamma Mia! all shot to fame – and subsequently enjoyed massive international success – on Broadway, but equally important are the magical hit movie versions they spawned. In inimitable Queensland Pops Orchestra tradition, maestro Patrick Pickett has hit on an absolute winner, drawing the very best Broadway moments from the goldmine of screen musical classics that have touched the hearts of millions around the world.
Lucy Durack is one of Australia's leading ladies of stage and screen with a list of major roles to her credit, including Glinda the Good Witch in the original Australian cast of Wicked (GPO), Kite Holloway in the feature film Now and Honey(Gristmill), and Elle Woods in Legally Blond the Musical (GFO), for which she one the both a Sydney Theatre and Helpmann Award. Lucy is currently reprising her role of Glinda in The Wizard of Oz (GFO).
After the standing ovation they received for the hugely successful Broadway & Beyond in 2017, the musical theatre craft of the superb young feature artists from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University return for a spectacular encore performance for Broadway On Screen.
These gifted young performers are truly the stars of the future. The Queensland Conservatorium continues to produce musical theatre professionals of the highest calibre – and from 2018, the QCGU offers a Bachelor of Acting course, with study across a range of genres, ensemble work, technique classes, acting for camera, industry-led workshops and public performances … no wonder this wealth of Queensland talent has been so enthusiastically and publicly embraced.
Under the expert direction of the Head of Performing Arts Associate Professor Paul Sabey and Vocal Coach Trevor Jones, the QPO/QCGU’s magnificent Jesus Christ Superstar finale marked a new high for all involved in 2017 – hit after hit, the talent on display was breathtaking, and the Pops audiences responded in kind.
Experience the thrill of the greatest musical theatre songs ever written – forever young, thanks to the magic of the silver screen. Relive all those golden movie moments as Patrick Pickett and the Queensland Pops Orchestra take you on a star-studded journey of Broadway screen greats, brought to life by passionate young performers who give their absolute all.
QPAC has a long tradition of staging some of Broadway’s most outstanding musicals, and we hope the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s Broadway on Screen stirs some truly wonderful memories as we celebrate the Broadway movie genre at its immortal best.
AMEB 9 Nathan Ave, Ashgrove 4060
Pops Brass Quintett
Led by Principal Trumpet John Coulton
Join Patrick and the musicians over a glass of wine, or tea and coffee and a sumptuous afternoon tea.
Phone 3278 1913 to secure your seat.
Sat20Oct20182:30 & 7:30pm
You’ve heard of the saying ‘two’s company, three’s a crowd’? Well, Pavarotti, Carreras and Domingo (aka The Three Tenors) gave both the number three and opera a new-found street cred with the masses, single-handedly catapulting arias like Puccini’s Nessun Dorma to mega-hit single status. They redefined the musical performance landscape when they first hit the stage together in the early 1990s, their vocal combination now the stuff of legend.
Not to be outdone, Patrick Pickett and the mighty Queensland Pops Orchestra revisit the artistry of this winning sound with their very own ‘Friends For Life’: Gregory Moore, Nathan Kneen and Adam Lopez, the stars of this very special milestone concert. All three have earned their entertainment stripes with the Pops over several decades … and they’re back – with soaring voices and stage banter aplenty – to show off their wonderful talents in this, the second of the Pops’ 2018 series.
Between them, they’ve notched up twenty years of personal friendship. But theirs is also a story of an intimate musical brotherhood, as strong today as it was back in their student days at the Queensland Conservatorium.
The three future singing stars commenced their musical studies around the same time – Nathan already knew Adam from school, and Greg met Nathan while performing in a season of Les Miserables at the Gold Coast Arts Centre. At Christmas time 1997, Greg came along to watch Nathan perform in a Pops Christmas concert at Southbank’s Piazza. After the show, Nathan introduced Greg to conductor Colin Harper … and the rest is history.
Unlike established singing troupes, Amigos Para Siempre marks the first time these three friends have performed together in a concert of this scale and scope. They’ve worked alongside each other in operas and musicals over the years but, as Greg reflects, “It’s taken us twenty years, so this is something worth celebrating! It’s unique to have three friends, quite diverse in our respective careers, to come together and perform as a headline act for the first time.”
2018 also marks the 20th anniversary of Pops pin-up boy Gregory Moore’s association with the orchestra; Greg’s mellow tenor voice and wink-and-grin stage craft has regularly endeared him to Pops audiences, and he remains a much-sought-after return artist. An original member of the world-renowned The Ten Tenors, Greg has toured internationally with the hugely successful Scotland the Brave show and many other theatre productions, while closer to home he has wowed the crowds in concerts across Australia with a stunning show reel of songs from all corners of the globe.
Also an original member of The Ten Tenors, Nathan Kneen is a musical theatre specialist, but has had extensive professional experience in opera, operetta, and as a concert and recital artist. Like Greg, Nathan has been a regular soloist with the Pops orchestra, and he guest starred in the Queensland Pops’ Tribute Concert for Diana, Princess of Wales, which was broadcast on the Seven Network. A personal career highlight for Nathan was the invitation to perform at the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop in Rome in October 2010.
Adam Lopez is opera-trained, and a two-time Guinness World Record Holder for singing the highest vocal note by a male singer (C sharp in the 8th octave – a semitone higher than a Grand Piano). This achievement has astounded audiences around the world, leading Adam to appear on TV and radio in Japan, Spain, Italy, Hong Kong and the USA. Apart from smashing world records, Adam has appeared as a solo artist in concerts across Australia and internationally.
Collectively, our ‘Friends For Life’ stars have released a series of successful solo albums, performed on TV Specials and toured the world, making Australia – and their Queensland Pops Orchestra family – immensely proud. Join us for the long-sought stage reunion of our very own Amigos Para Siempre … a concert that will linger in your heart for ever.