Rockhampton Symphony Orchestra

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Rockhampton Symphony Orchestra Launch

The newly formed Rockhampton Symphony Orchestra needs your assistance to help present our inaugural concert in November 2018!

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The Rockhampton Symphony Orchestra (RSO) was formed in May 2018. The organisation is in the process of organising its first ever concert, which will officially launch the Orchestra in November this year. The concert event, “A Night at the Proms” will bring together more than 50 orchestral performers from the Central Queensland region, soloists from the local area and Brisbane region, and other musical groups in Rockhampton, all under the baton of Guest Conductor Patrick Pickett (of the Qld Pops Orchestra).

This concert will include many well-known and loved British tunes from the traditional Proms style (such as Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, Amazing Grace, Pomp and Circumstance) with a twist of Australiana too. The event will be a black-tie occasion, including pre-show canapes, drinks and chamber music and also interval and post-show drinks if audience members chose.

“A Night at the Proms” will truly offer Central Queensland audiences a first-class symphonic experience!

This project is vitally important for the development of the arts in Central Queensland. There hasn’t been an adult symphony orchestra in the region for decades and both audiences and local musicians have been calling for the opportunity to form such an ensemble.

The RSO will be accessible to those who have a love of classical music as well as those who have never heard a symphony orchestra perform before! We will deliver entertainment, education, soul-satisfaction and much more.

The RSO will also offer its playing members excellent exposure to high-level, renowned conductors and soloists, thereby extending their performing experience and professional development.

We are seeking assistance to cover the costs of our inaugural concert in November 2018. Your help will get us off the ground, establish a following and reputation within the community and ensure that orchestral music makes a return to the region.

Donations can be as big or as little as you like. All funds will be used towards the costs of our “A Night at the Proms” concert, covering expenses such as conductor and artist fees, travel and accommodation; venue hire; audio and lighting equipment; music hire and purchase; props and staging; rehearsal costs; administration fees; and much more.

Ensuring the success of this first concert is essential for the Orchestra to continue in 2019 and make plans for future performances.

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The Rockhampton Symphony Orchestra is a newly formed community ensemble. We are focused on a high standard of orchestral performance for our audiences, and provide our playing members with professional development opportunities. We will be presenting our first concert in November 2018.


Hayley H


Cathy O'Keeffe


Michael McCabe


Chris' school of the arts


Renae Foottit