Don’t miss out on experiencing the innovative and acclaimed Camerata live at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, 5.30pm -6.30pm, Thursday,  27 June 2019! This exciting free event welcomes everyone for an evening of music and heritage!

Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra will play in response to Maps, a heritage exhibition from the Gallery & Museum collection.

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

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

In the lead up to Maps & Music, we spoke to Brendan Joyce, the Artistic Director and Leader of Camerata.

Q1: Camerata performing in museums; how did this idea come about and why is this sort of collaboration important?

Camerata has played at everything from QPAC Concert Hall to the inside of a sugar mill waste tank in Ingham – we love interesting venues! This idea of responding to works in a gallery is a variation on our 2018 residency at the Museum of Brisbane for their ‘Life in Irons’ exhibition. You can imagine how string instruments drew out a lot of the inherent emotional expression in this exhibition that showed early Brisbane convict life. It was an emotional experience for all and was a testament o the importance of this kind of work.

Q2: What do you look for in a venue? Why the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum? 

I stumbled on the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum on a previous Camerata visit and was impressed by its beauty and scope – it had atmosphere and an acoustic, the two essential ingredients of a venue for music. Camerata playing there seemed right and the right idea has finally bubbled up. Finally, that’s here and it is very exciting to have a shared vision with Jo Duke and her team at the gallery.

Q3: Why should the Gladstone community attend this performance?

It’s so different from a typical stand-and-deliver style concert, and you’ll have the atmosphere that is created by sound floating through the beautiful space. I’m getting excited just thinking about it actually – this is a new venture in our touring program so I am really looking forward to it!


If you are interested in coming to this performance RSVP by 5pm, Friday, 21 June 2019 by phoning 4976 6766 or emailing

Light refreshments will be provided.


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