An­glophiles’ de­light

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

MICHAEL-JOHN Hur­ney and the Queens­land Pops Orches­tra are pre­par­ing to take au­di­ences on a tour through Bri­tain when they cel­e­brate the UK’s best mu­sic and com­posers in their first show of the year, The Best of Bri­tish. Cur­rumbin-based vo­cal­ist Hur­ney (pic­tured) has per­formed in top mu­si­cals Cats, Je­sus Christ Su­per­star and The Rocky Hor­ror Show. In the spirit of Lon­don’s 118-year-old Last Night of the Proms tra­di­tion, The Best of Bri­tish features the mu­sic and dance of Eng­land, Scot­land, Wales and Ire­land. Lead vo­cal­ist Hur­ney is ex­pected to steal the spot­light when he per­forms Danny Boy, Jerusalem and The Mu­sic of the Night. Pa­trick Pick­ett, the former CEO of the Queens­land Sym­phony Orches­tra who has taken over the reins of the Queens­land Pops Orches­tra, has put to­gether a pro­gram with all the tra­di­tional bells and whis­tles in­clud­ing Rule Bri­tan­nia, Ed­ward El­gar and Percy Grainger. ‘‘We have some great tal­ent on board for The Best of Bri­tish and I think it’s go­ing to be a show stop­per,’’ Pick­ett says.

Best of Bri­tish plays QPAC, in Bris­bane, on April 13 at 7pm.

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