Ipswich City String Quartet

Taking Flight

Taking Flight is a one hour programme of String Quartet music featuring works that have been inspired by nature.

The programme includes music by Australian Composer Katherine Rawlings as well as quartet favourites “The Lark” by Haydn and “The American” by Dvorak.

A projected visual display of wildlife photography by award winning Queensland photographer Gail Bryant accompanies the performance.

Ipswich City Orchestras incorporated would like to thank the support from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland for making this series of concerts a reality.

Helen Carvolth
Quartet Leader

The Ipswich City String Quartet is led by Ipswich City Symphony Concertmaster Helen Carvolth.

Helen has a long history of association with both Ipswich and the Lockyer Valley. An old girl of Ipswich Girls Grammar School, she now teaches strings in the IGGS extra-curricular music program. Helen brings a wealth of performance experience to the Ipswich City Orchestras.

She has played with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Qld Pops Orchestra, Ady Ensemble, Sinfonia of St Andrews, Northern Rivers Symphony, Australian Youth Orchestra and the Lyrebird Ensemble in Mackay.

Samuel Andrews
Violin II

Samuel has performed throughout Europe and South East Asia and has been a member of the Ipswich City Symphony since 2012.

In 2019 he performed as a guest artist at the Berkshire Chamber Music Festival and frequently appears around South East Queensland with various ensembles including the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia of St Andrews and Corda Spiritus.

Laura Thomson

Laura joined the Ipswich City Symphony in 2012. She has studied at the Qld Conservatorium of Music, Australian National Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music (London) and Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg (Austria).

Laura has toured extensively throughout Australasia and Europe. She has also performed with many of Australia’s leading Symphony Orchestras including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Laura resides in Ipswich where she teaches strings at West Moreton Anglican College.

Alex McPherson

Alex has been performing with the Ipswich City Symphony since 2014.

A founding member of the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra he has also played with the Hobart Baroque Ensemble, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia of St Andrews, Camerata of St John’s and Australian String Virtuosi.

Alex has studied at the University of Queensland, University of Tasmania and Australian Symphony Orchestra Institute.

Tour Performances

The Ipswich City String Quartet delivered beautifully received performances throughout the picturesque Scenic Rim. They received a warm welcome from Boonah to Esk. Thanks to the Lockyer Valley Mayor Tanya Milligan for her support and to the patrons who took the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful program.

Our concert in Ipswich was held at St Paul’s church in the heart of city; the Orchestra’s spiritual home. It was a pleasure to host Jennifer Howard our local State Member of Parliament. Her continued support is invaluable to the success of our endeavours and we are grateful for the patronage of the Queensland State Government.

For those that missed this quartet series please follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with our future concerts and events. We would love to see you there.

You can still download a copy of the program.

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