Brandenburg in Toowoomba

Toowoomba’s reputation as the Darling Downs cultural capital has been further enhanced with the return of the world-renowned Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for a fifth year, this time celebrating 30 years of Baroque.

Brandenburg in Toowoomba


The community young and old have developed a strong following for the Brandenburg.

"This is such a wonderful opportunity for our daughter to experience artists of this level. She’s a budding violinist, so this was amazing. Thank you.”said localcommunity member.

Thanks again. As you know our girls absolutely love The Brandenburg. We'll be framing their programs again this year. We now have all five!" Karen Pellow & family, Toowoomba Community Members

The free community concert, at the heritage-listed Empire Church Theatre, on Thursday May 23, has become a much-loved addition to the city’s cultural heartbeat and the keenly sought-after tickets are snapped up quickly.  The Toowoomba audiences have shown a deep appreciation of the unique baroque style and their growing knowledge of some of the period’s key composers such as Bach, Handel and Vivaldi.

Melissa Farrow, Brandenburg’s Principal Flute player since 2003, curated the special programAyres and Gracesdesigned to take the audience on an intimate musical journey through the diverse French and English musical landscape of the 17th and early-18th centuries.

“It is really exciting for us to get out on the road and bring this style of music and playing to areas outside the capital cities, and the Toowoomba audience traditionally really engages with our performances.” Melissa said.

What adds to the enchantment of the performance is that the six musicians presenting the concert, including Melissa, play rarely heard instruments such as the Baroque flute, Baroque violin and Baroque oboe, in a theatre that is almost tailor-made for the occasion.

Pointing out that the Empire Church Theatre was “well suited” to the Brandenburg’s needs Melissa said: “Our Baroque instruments are better suited to smaller and resonant spaces, in which the music would have originally been heard." 


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