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.
A jubilant celebration of British history, with all its achievement and conquest, this year's exciting event is expected to be its largest yet with a spectacular cast of singers, musicians and dancers (including barefoot seamen and Union-Jack-draped sopranos) performing at the iconic QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane.
Taking place on Saturday 5 May, this annual event has been entertaining Brisbane audiences since the 1980s and is a favourite of not only the orchestra, but also its many friends and supporters. There's something very special (and very British) about these hugely popular shows!
Be treated to arias and songs as intoxicating as champagne, when soprano Elizabeth Lewis and bass-baritone Sam Hartley join forces to ignite the passions of some of the greatest opera and theatre standards of all time.
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!
Resonance of Birralee and Toowoomba Contemporary Chorale will combine to form a 100 strong choir in good Welsh tradition. BBC Pipes and Drums will have you 'slaving to the rhythm' from start to finish as they did last year in the Celtic Spectacular. And Watkins Academy of Irish Dance add all the passion of Ireland.
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.
There are two performances only on Saturday 5 May, 2018 – Matinee at 2.30pm and Evening Performance at 7.30pm
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