PRESS RELEASE: QWO Breaks New Ground with Six Premieres

Brisbane, Queensland – On Saturday, 7 December, the Queensland Wind Orchestra will be breaking new ground in their final concert of the 2019 season: Discoveries, at The Old Museum, where Brisbane audiences will hear six Australian premieres and three World premieres, including works by local Brisbane composers Alexander Voltz, Frankie Dyson Reilly, Catherine Likhuta, and Dr. Ralph Hultgren AM.

Conducted by QWO’s Artistic Director David Law, the program includes the Australian premiere of the wind orchestra transcription of Adam Schoenberg’s exhilarating and twice-Grammy® Award nominated Picture Studies, Dr. Ralph Hultgren’s latest work for wind ensemble Through the Watches of the Night, and the winning piece of the Australian Women’s Wind Band Composition Award, Tuska, by Frankie Dyson Reilly.

As the only group to perform a work by a female composer on the first day of the 2019 Yamaha Australian National Band Championships, featuring female composers is important to the Queensland Wind Orchestra. The ensemble passionately supports the Australian Women’s Wind Band Composition Award, which was founded to help address the gender imbalance in the field of classical music composition in Australia, aims to support emerging Australian women composers in their career aspirations, and to increasingly encourage them to engage with the wind band genre.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to bring all of these fantastic new works to Brisbane, and showcase some of our finest local composers. We’re especially excited to present Dr. Ralph Hultgren’s latest work, which has been dedicated to the Queensland Wind Orchestra, and continue our aim to feature female composers with Frankie Dyson Reilly’s wonderful work Tuska and Catherine Lukhuta’s innovative Home Away from Home,” QWO Artistic Director David Law said.

Discoveries is unique for the Queensland Wind Orchestra, as it also features a large number of local Brisbane composers. Of the four Brisbane composers featured, Dr. Ralph Hultgren has had a long and personal connection with many members within the wind orchestra.

“Through the Watches of the Night is a deeply personal work, touching on portions of my life that brought pain and comfort to my heart. In fact, joy and pain stand along side each other in the music. Many of the members of the Queensland Wind Orchestra have walked alongside me in that joy and pain. How good of them to bring the piece to the world for the first time!” – Dr. Ralph Hultgren AM.

The Queensland Wind Orchestra’s 2020 Season will also be announced at Discoveries, where audiences will be able to purchase Season Passes to their 2020 season.

For further information and tickets:
The Old Museum Box Office: 07 3257 4089


For further details please contact:

Michael Di Mauro
Marketing | Queensland Wind Orchestra
0421 842 878
[email protected]

David Law
Artistic Director & Conductor | Queensland Wind Orchestra
0450 459 754
[email protected]

About the Queensland Wind Orchestra
The Queensland Wind Orchestra is one of Australia’s finest community wind ensembles, comprised of university students and graduates, music teachers, and professionals from non-musical fields who all share a desire to develop their ensemble musicianship in a challenging and dynamic environment. Find out more at