Queensland Symphony Orchestra announces five-year regional commitment

Education, health and wellbeing, and a commitment to First Nations people underpin the Orchestra’s new regional focus.
Audiences members watch on as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra perform in a park in Gladstone, Queensland, on a brightly-lit outdoor stage.

Designed to enrich and empower communities in regional Queensland, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s (QSO) newly-announced five-year regional touring program is intended to deliver annual performances and educational opportunities in four major cities and one outback location until 2028.

The Orchestra’s commitment to regional audiences includes education programs, large-scale community concerts and collaborative partnerships, and is focused on three pillars: Education, Health and Wellbeing, and First Nations.

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Richard Watts OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts