Centre of Contemporary Arts Presents:

Event: Camerata's Greatest String Hits

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Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, promises an exceptional evening out for regional Queenslanders across the North.


Known for its adventurous programming, and building on the success of its sold out 2016 tour through south-west Queensland, Camerata will take to the North to present a program where the words contemporary and classic sit side by side, bringing together new Australian music with great classical music heroes. The concert is designed to provide regional audiences with an enjoyable night out for the whole family, without needing to travel beyond their own communities.


'We look forward to touring each year – it is wonderful to hit the road and meet audiences across the state. It is such a privilege to be able to impact so many people in their own home communities. I grew up in Ayr myself, so I understand something of both the good and challenging aspects of regional life'. - Brendan Joyce – Orchestra Leader


First time audiences will be enthralled, while more experienced audiences will be quick to hear why Camerata was acknowledged alongside Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra with a nomination for the prestigious 2016 Helpmann Awards for Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert.


'There were murmurs of astonishment and appreciation, leading to a roar of applause that would have befitted a rock concert'. - Weekend Notes (2016)


Camerata’s Greatest (String) Hits tour will feature music from their CD recording of Iain Grandage’s When Time Stops which received an impressive five-star review by Limelight Magazine. The program will also include music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No.5.

With investment from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Camerata has commissioned a new work from Brisbane composer Michael Patterson. Mr Patterson will travel to Queensland’s iconic Paronella Park in Mena Creek for inspiration to compose this new piece. The work will have its world premiere at the Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns and will then feature in the concert program in each community.

Performing without a conductor, Camerata’s players have established a reputation for passionate, exciting performances that engage audiences of all ages, whatever their experience.



‘Watch this space. This ensemble is going places!’

(Martin Buzacott, The Australian)



This tour is made possible with the generous support of the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Photography by: Dylan Evans

Event details

Dates:Wednesday, 3 May 2017


(approximately 75mins, no interval)

Venue:The Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns
Program:Centre of Contemporary Arts

General Admission $29 | Concession $24 | Groups 10+ $19

School Groups 10+ $15 (including 1 complimentary teacher ticket for every 10 students booked)