About Us

About Ipswich City Orchestras

Ipswich City Orchestras was born in 2004 under the baton of the late Derek Taylor MBE. It is a regional symphony orchestra situated in the City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.

We have experienced great leadership from the very best conductors including Derek Taylor MBE 2004 – 2007 | Jason Barry-Smith 2007 | Patrick Burns 2008 – present.

We are a full Symphony Orchestra engaged in performances as such however we also provide a wide range of musical services to the South East region of Queensland. These include string trios, quartets and individual musicians. To engage our orchestra or its members please visit here.

Talent is one thing but dedication abounds. Patrick presently resides in Melbourne and travels to Ipswich to be our Conductor in Residence. He moved there to complete his masters degree under John Hopkins, Whilst Patrick has been at the helm, the ICO has continued to grow recently performing as a symphony, a feat not previously undertaken in Ipswich.

The ICSO has established the Ipswich Youth Orchestra to inspire local talented musicians to pursue their music dreams by joining as members. Ultimately they may decide to pursue a musical career or not but one thing is certain, experience in and membership of a professional orchestra gives them first hand appreciation of a working ensemble.

Ipswich City Orchestras Incorporated.

ICOI seeks to create opportunities to bring amateur and professional performers together, to provide opportunities for students and teachers to develop their skills and participate in performances. It will do so through concerts with its main vehicle, the Ipswich City Orchestra. We have established a Youth Orchestra to train and prepare players for their future professional careers.

ICOI is taking a lead role in the promotion of performing arts by and with community groups in the city of Ipswich. We seek to form collaborative partnerships to promote the goals and objectives of those performing arts organisations as far as they match the goals of ICOI.

In so doing, ICOI hopes to promote an appreciation of all art forms, provide entertainment and cultural activities for the residents of Ipswich and the greater region. As part of our broader mandate we work to showcase the City’s cultural life and promote the needs for cultural and performing arts development in Ipswich.

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