About

#Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Whatever the reason, whoever you are, Queensland Symphony Orchestra is an Orchestra for Everyone.


#In 2018

190+

Concerts performed by the Orchestra

13

Sold-out performances

39,661

Number of single tickets sold

1.5b

Global audience that experienced the Orchestra during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

1.8m

People engaged through concerts, streaming, digital and education initiatives

#Orchestra for Everyone

What to expect at a Queensland Symphony Orchestra performance

#Our Story. Your Story.

Queensland's orchestral history dates back to 1871, when violinist R.T. Jefferies arrived in Brisbane with a passion for sharing the exhilaration of live symphonic music. However, it wasn't until 1947 that Queensland established its own - and Australia's second - professional symphony orchestra, which was the result of a partnership between the Australian Broadcasting Commission, the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

The 45-member Queensland Symphony Orchestra took to the stage for the first time on 26 March 1947, performing for 2,500 music enthusiasts at Brisbane City Hall. The performance, featuring guest conductor Percy Code, pianist Eunice Gardiner and works by Wagner, Grieg, Berlioz, and Tchaikovsky, marked the beginning of a new era of Queensland music-making. In its first year, Queensland Symphony Orchestra performed 31 concerts, and initiated the annual tour of North Queensland.

Our History