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CANCELLED: Come to the Proms

CANCELLED: Sunday 5th Sept 2021 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 or at the door

Gift vouchers available for Fathers Day.

Ample free parking available next to the Schonell Theatre. Complimentary programs and post-concert refreshments are also provided.

Guest artist: Daniel Smerdon


CANCELLED: Friday 20st August 2021 at 7pm

Our Lady of the Angels Hall
30 Warraba Ave, Wavell Heights 

All tickets: $35
To book, please call: 3359 0239 or at the door

Guest artists: Our Lady of the Angels’ School Choir Conducted by Debra Todhunter and Cello Solo by Ngaio Toombes.

CANCELLED: Saturday 28th August 2021 at 7.30pm

St Paul’s Anglican Church, Brisbane St., Ipswich

Bookings – tickets on line with try booking or  tickets at the door

Guest artist: Jason Barry-Smith


The Brisbane City Pops Orchestra is excited to invite everyone to join us for our third concert of the year, entitled “Come to the Proms.” It will be a program full of a wide variety of well-known music, from light classics to the more modern, and is sure to please all music-lovers! As is tradition with the Proms, we will perform the much-loved Pomp and Circumstance, as well as the toe-tapping Radetzky March. You will also enjoy the popular March of the Gladiators, the beautiful Adagio from Spartacus and the well-known Scottish melody, Highland Cathedral.

The BCPO is proud to be welcoming back Daniel Smerdon, one of Brisbane’s best-known Baritones, who has been very active in the opera scene in Australia. Daniel will perform Pedro the Fisherman, Tribute to Peter Dawson and more.

We are excited to be featuring our amazing Principal Cellist Ngaio Toombes who will perform “Sicilieen” by Faure. Other fabulous music includes Downton Abbey (Lunn), Pastorale (Ron Hanmer) and Mission Impossible (Balfe). “Come to the Proms” promises to be a thoroughly entertaining concert, featuring amazing musicians and wonderful music. See you there!!

Neill Flottmann (Conductor)

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.  


Daniel Smerdon (Guest Artist - Schonell Theatre 5th September)

Daniel Smerdon studied music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane, graduating with a Bachelors Degree (Cello) and a Graduate Diploma and Master of Music Studies (Opera). Since 2012, he has worked extensively with companies such as Queensland Conservatorium, Berlin Opera Academy, Balance Arts Opera, Opera Queensland, Opera Gold Coast, Brisbane City Opera, Co- Opera, Eurasia Opera Festival, Varna Opera Theatre, Figaro Opera Society, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar.

On the opera stage Daniel has sung the roles of title roles of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Varna Opera Theatre Bulgaria, and Co-Opera, Adelaide Australia); The Mikado (Co-Opera, Adelaide Australia) Gianni Schicchi (Opera Gold Coast), Eugene Onegin (Eurasia Opera Festival, New York USA) and Don Giovanni (Lyric Opera Studio, Weimar, Germany). Other operatic roles include: Doctor Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) Papageno (Die Zauberflote), Marcello (La Boheme), Le Sacristan and Le Gaoler (Understudy – Tosca), Dark Invader (Opera Galactica), and Le Dancaire (Carmen), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Harasta (The Cunning Little Vixen) and The First Messenger (Kiss Me Kate) and understudying the roles of TruLove (The Rakes Progress), Le Sacristan and Le Gaoler (Tosca).

Concert repertoire includes the title role of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” (Brisbane Symphony Orchestra), Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” (UQ Symphony Orchestra), Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” (Queensland Camerata), Hector Berlioz’s “L’enfance du Christ” (St Andrews Sinfonia), Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio (Canticum Chamber Choir) and Requiems by Gabriel Faure, Maurice Durufle, and Michael Haydn.


Jason Barry-Smith (Guest artist - St Paul's Anglican Church 28th August)

Jason Barry-Smith’s study in Brisbane, Munich, London and Rome led him to a singing career where he’s a familiar and commanding presence on the Australian operatic  stage, and is equally in demand as a singing teacher, conductor, arranger.  

He’s performed in some of Opera Queensland’s most successful productions, including Sir Despard in Ruddigore, Dandini in Cinderella, Pish-Tush in The Mikado, Handsome in The Girl of the Golden West, Count Danilo and Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Gabriel von Eisenstein and Doctor Falke in Die Fledermaus, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Schaunard in La bohème, and the title roles in The Barber of Seville and Don Giovanni.  

Jason has performed the title role in Billy Budd for the Brisbane Biennial Festival of Music, Papageno in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia (Opera on the Beach), Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for the Tokyo Arts Foundation, Mathieu in Andrea Chénier and Belcore in The Elixir of Love for the State Opera of South Australia, created the roles of Aldo Marini in Mimma – A Musical of War & Friendship, Samuel in Electric Lenin for NORPA and Julian in Quartet for the New Zealand Arts Festival, Mamoud in The Death of Klinghoffer and the title role in The Barber of Seville for New Zealand Opera, Enjolras in Les Misérables for Wellington Operatic, Tony in West Side Story for Brisbane Festival, Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance for Essgee Entertainment, and Escamillo in Carmen for Opera 21 in Belfast.

He has held the positions of Sessional Singing Teacher at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Artistic Director of the Queensland Youth Choir,  Director – Young and Developing Artist Program at Opera Queensland, and Creative Director of Open Stage at Opera Queensland. 


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