Friday 23rd August 2019 at 7pm
St Paschals Catholic Church, 30 Warraba St, Wavell Heights
All tickets: $35 (incl supper)
To book, please call: 3359 0239
Sunday 8th September 2019 at 2pm
Schonell Theatre, The University of Queensland
Adults $30, Concessions $26, Students $12 and under 5 free
Tickets for Schonell Theatre concerts may be purchased by calling Maree Williamson on (07) 3378 2384.
Ample free parking available next to the Schonell Theatre. Complimentary programs and post-concert refreshments are also provided!
After studies in flute and piano at the University of Sydney, Neil Flottmann went on to a varied career as a flautist, music educator and conductor. A former member of several major Australian orchestras, including the QLD Symphony Orchestra, he has also worked as Chorus Master for the Lyric Opera of Queensland, The Australian Opera and The Canadian Opera Company. He has been at various times a member of the professional staff at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, the QLD Conservatorium of Music and QUT lecturing in flute, musicianship, opera studies and conducting.
In 1984 Neil was awarded the prestigious Willem van Otterloo Memorial Conducting Scholarship, leading to studies in Sydney and London with Myer Fredman and Sir Charles Mackerras. Since then he has appeared as guest conductor with the Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the ABC Sinfonia, the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and the Australian Ballet. Neil has conducted thirteen seasons for the Queensland Ballet including the widely acclaimed Australian premiere of Peter Maxwell- Davies' Salome in 1986 and Francois Klaus’s 1998 production of Peer Gynt. In 2010 he was a member of the creative team for the Brisbane performance of Havergal Brian’s “Gothic Symphony”. He is currently Director of Curriculum at West Moreton Anglican College.
Lindsay Gaffney had a natural ear for music and started to sing at the young age of nine. He joined a choir in his local church and sang all the high descant parts until his voice changed. He then went on to front several bands to hone his skills and gain more experience. Along with his musical activities, he began training as an electrician.
Through the recommendation of a colleague, he auditioned for the Queensland Conservatorium, one of the most comprehensive music schools in Australia. He was accepted and his musical career took on a new course. As he became totally immersed in theatre and music full time, his trade as an electrician found its place on the sidelines.
He soon found his way singing in Kurt Weill’s ‘Street Scene’, Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’, concerts for visiting politicians and government dignitaries, as well as fund raising for numerous charities. He entertained during Brisbane’s Expo 88 and was invited to sing in the farewell performances of the great Australian Soprano, Dame Joan Sutherland with the National Company. These special performances were filmed and released to DVD.
Lindsay was invited to join the Young Artist Programme and went on to sing in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘The Mikado’ and ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’. He also performed many roles in various operas and musical theatre, including ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Salome’ and ‘Candide’.
Shortly after, he performed as lead tenor in the production of ‘La Boheme’; touring throughout Australia and playing to audiences of more than 90,000. The tour was captured on film and culminated in the ABC TV documentary entitled ‘Outback Opera’.
His accolades included reviews declaring “Lindsay’s singing is equal to many a more celebrated tenor...there are distinct echoes in his sweet tone of a young Jussi Bjorling”.
In 2009/2010 Lindsay was asked to sing in numerous concerts and ceremonies for the Canonization of Australia’s first Saint, Mary Mackillop.
Most recently he was able to record his own version of the National Anthem...’Advance Australia Fair’, which a well known ABC Brisbane broadcaster, Spencer Howson, used each fortnight to open his breakfast program up till his departure in 2017. In 2015 Lindsay recorded a CD/EP called Tenor Serenade, which was well received in Brisbane and was afforded good airplay on ABC radio.
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