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(Not) The Last Night of the Proms

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A night of orchestral, chorale and uplifting music at QPAC
Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane Girls Grammar School Prossima Program students and Brisbane Chorale join forces for a one off evening of eclectic and uplifting orchestral and choral pieces, including Rhapsody in Blue, Pomp and Circumstance, The Swag Man's Promenade and Rule Britannia for the annual performance of (Not) The Last Night of the Proms..

About The Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Operating since 1947, The Queensland Symphony Orchestra tours Queensland visiting various cities and towns around the state, though it makes South Bank its home and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre is its primary venue.

About Brisbane Chorale

Brisbane Chorale is a symphonic choir with over 100 members, or as they prefer to say, voices. Since their founding in 1983, they have an excellent reputation for their performances. They encourage anyone with a decent voice to try out for the choir and membership is granted by audition. Members have to pay to be a member and supply their own clothes to performances.

About the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Concert Hall

Queensland's excellent performance complex, QPAC, has several excellent and well-regarded performance spaces. The concert hall is a long thing performance space that can hold up to 1800 patrons. For a performance such as this, your best options are going to be the stalls or the balcony, though you can also choose from one of several balcony boxes, with the choir balcony seats obviously going to be in use by the choir, so not available for this performance.

QPAC at South Bank
QPAC at South Bank

Getting there is easy, with a choice of train, getting off at South Brisbane Station, bus, stopping at the Cultural Centre Station or Ferry, disembarking at South Brisbane ferry terminal, and car, with parking under the concert hall. If you are driving it is recommended that you book your car space online in advance.

About the night's performance

The night's performance will be conducted by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra's current music director, Alondra de la Parra, from Mexico. Along with the orchestra, Jorge Viladoms, in his Australia debut, will be performing on piano and William Barton will perform the didjeridu (their spelling). Choral performances will be provided by Brisbane Choral. Also performing on the evening are Prossima Program students from Brisbane Girls Grammar School.

The evening's program is as follows.
Westlake Cudmirrah Fanfare
Hamilton 482 Variations on a Very Short Theme
Twist Peace at the Last
World premiere
Sculthorpe Earth Cry
Vaughn Williams Five Mystical Songs
Hurst Swagman's Promenade, Four Traditional Australian Tunes


Talbot Hovercraft
Bernstein Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Bernstein Make Our Garden Grow from Candide
Wood arr. Lawson Fantasy on British Sea Songs
Elgar Pomp and Circumstance: No.1, D major (Land of Hope and Glory)
Parry Jerusalem
Arne Rule Britannia

Food and drink before and after the show

The obvious place to eat is at the theatre itself. The Lyrebird restaurant is a mid-priced restaurant with an excellent menu and a decent reputation. The only other restaurant nearby is the Charming Squire which is more or less across the road from QPAC, which is also an excellent choice. Alternatively, you can either walk up towards West End or down to South Bank for a wide range of places to eat.

Lyrebird Restaurant at QPAC
Lyrebird Restaurant at QPAC

For drinks before the show, and during the interval, the theatre's bar is a nice choice. Afterwards, it would be off to South Bank for more drinks.

The bar at QPAC
The bar at QPAC

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Why? A night of orchestral, chorale and uplifting music at QPAC
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)
Cost: $49 to $87
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