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.