Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s first public concert, 1947

On March 26, 1947, the newly-formed Queensland Symphony Orchestra gave their first public concert at Brisbane’s City Hall, in front of an audience of 2,500 people.

The concert was supported by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission), the Queensland State Government and the Brisbane City Council. Percy Code was the guest conductor for the event.

The Australian Broadcasting Commission, The Queensland Government and The Brisbane City Council presents the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (1947). SLQ ephemera collection

The Australian Broadcasting Commission, The Queensland Government and The Brisbane City Council presents the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (1947). SLQ ephemera collection

Favorable reviews were published in the both The Courier-Mail and The Telegraph newspapers.

A 24-page program from this historically significant concert has been digitised by SLQ and can be viewed online.

The Australian Broadcasting Commission, The Queensland Government and The Brisbane City Council presents the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. SLQ ephemera collection

The Australian Broadcasting Commission, The Queensland Government and The Brisbane City Council presents the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. SLQ ephemera collection

Further reading

Do you have any materials (old flyers, posters, stickers, reviews, tickets, recordings, films, videos, photos, letters and other memorabilia) from Queensland’s music scene needing a new home? This material has a valuable place in our music history and cultural heritage and should be looked after and preserved for current and future generations.  Please contact our specialist librarian, Laurel Dingle about any material you think should come to the library.

Myles Sinnamon – Engagement Officer, State Library of Queensland