Queensland Pops Orchestra's A Celtic Gathering.
Queensland Pops Orchestra's A Celtic Gathering. nicky.norman

Pipes, drums and Irish dance at Qld Pops Orchestra concert

THE fourth of the Queensland Pops Orchestra's 2015 subscription series is the magnificent concert spectacular A Celtic Gathering.

The show combines Celtic worlds in an extravaganza of music from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the broader Celtic nations.

The concert features Queensland Police Pipes and Drums, The Thistle Highland Dancers and Watkins Academy of Irish Dance.

In 2000, founding musical director Colin Harper said "never did I think it would be it would be so popular, not only with people of Celtic birth or descent, but with many others who are charmed by the romantic and often strongly patriotic music".

Pops Pin-Up Boy Gregory Moore and magnificent soprano Lisa will lead audiences from The Heather On The Hill down The Road To The Isles to The Bonnie Banks Of Loch Lomond, keeping the Celtic flame burning brightly throughout this lively and visually stunning show.

Gregory Moore's mellow tenor voice and wink-and-grin stage craft has endeared him to Pops audiences for 17 years. Co-starring with Gregory is the exquisite soprano Lisa Lockland-Bell.

Lisa's voice radiates joy, tenderness and meaning, and her vocal flexibility sees her move from classic opera to softer contemporary and Broadway works with ease.

There'll be plenty of swirling kilts and clicking heels on stage and leading the charge will be Pipe Major Roddy MacDonald, who has been at the forefront of bagpipe composition and performance for over 40 years.

You can see the Queensland Pops Orchestra with special guest artists Gregory Moore, Lisa Lockland-Bell, the Thistle Highland Dancers, Aatkins Academy of Irish Dance, Pipe Major Roddy Macdonald and the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums on Saturday, October 10, at 2.30 and 7.30pm, QPAC Concert Hall http://www.qpac.com.au  or phone 126 246.

Or see them on Sunday, October 11, at 2.30pm The Empire Theatre Toowoomba. http://www.empiretheatre.com.au or phone 1300 655 299.

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