Queensland Symphony Orchestra welcomes one of Australia’s most experienced arts leaders to the Board
Queensland Symphony Orchestra continues to build momentum, both in the concert hall and in the Boardroom, with Chair Chris Freeman welcoming one of Australia’s best-known and most experienced producer-performers in Simon Gallaher as a Director.
“Simon Gallaher is one of the country’s leading entertainment presenters and foremost theatrical producers, and he brings serious gravitas to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. His depth of experience as a music theatre star, television and concert performer, singer, pianist and songwriter, together with his success as a national producer will prove invaluable to the Board as we move forward,” said Mr Freeman.
“Queensland Symphony Orchestra continues to achieve critical acclaim for its musicality and long-term vision and is in strong artistic and financial health. It is important that we take strategic steps to continue this; Simon's appointment is one of those steps.”
Simon Gallaher has a rich connection with Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He performed many times as a special guest artist and soloist, including on one of the famous train tours to North Queensland. He has also performed with every Australian symphony orchestra and in every concert hall across the country.
As a producer, he worked with the then Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions including a concert performance of My Fair Lady as well as a season of The Merry Widow at QPAC, and similarly, he worked with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Victorian Arts Centre for a series of popular concerts and recorded a Gold Record album with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
A Queensland Conservatorium of Music graduate, Simon Gallaher has been awarded three Mo-Variety Awards, a Logie Award, ARIA Award, Queenslander of the Year Commendation, Advance Australia Award for his contributions to the arts and was twice voted Queensland's Entertainer of the Year.
“This involvement on both sides of the baton enables Simon to bring an intimate understanding of the workings of orchestra to the table, as well as an innate knowledge of how to best balance artistic integrity and economic viability, and we look forward to him joining the Board,” said Mr Freeman.
In addition to running his production company, for the past 10 years Simon has served on the Board of Trustees to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) including as Deputy Chair of the organisation. He has also served on the board of the Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) 2013-2016 and as Chair of Harvest Rain Theatre Company 2012-2015. He recently retired from his duties at QPAC and has been reappointed to the board of Queensland Theatre.
He is patron to many arts organisations including the Queensland Show Choir, Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Spotlight Theatre Company and the Gold Coast Theatre Alliance. He is a member of Live Performance Australia (LPA) and sits on the Helpmann Awards nominating panel for Musical Theatre. Simon has been a member of the Media & Entertainment Arts Alliance (MEAA - Actors' Equity) since 1976.