The Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra consists of approximately 90 of the most talented young instrumentalists in Queensland. The orchestra performs an annual series of orchestral concerts, large choral works, operatic and musical theatre productions in addition to a wide variety of creative collaborations both on-site as well as in the greater community. QCGU supports an annual commissioning project, supporting the creation and performance of new works and the orchestra collaborates regularly with other departments in the Conservatorium, and across the university.
Students in the QCGU orchestral program have the unique opportunity to perform under the baton of a variety of conductors, instilling a flexibility required in the profession. Resident conductors Peter Morris and Peter Luff are joined this year by Johannes Fritzsch, in his new appointment as Professor of Opera and Orchestral Studies. Each year the orchestral students also have the great opportunity to perform with distinguished guest conductors from around the world. In recent years, this has included Sir Neville Marriner, Peter Sculthorpe, Jessica Cottis, Nicholas Braithwaite, Natalia Raspopova, Larry Rachleff and Elim Chan, to name a few. The students, faculty and staff are excited to be working with Natalie Murray Beale and the Bleach Festival on this grand production of Verdi’s Requiem.