Since inception the Queensland Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra has strengthened exponentially now enjoying its 8th year of evolution. Directed by Queensland Conservatorium saxophone lecturer, Diana Tolmie, they appreciate a diverse range of music styles comfortable performing Baroque, contemporary classical in addition to jazz, rock, pop, gypsy and folk music. Keen to enthuse and educate younger students the ensemble tours to schools throughout the year to performing works arranged and composed by themselves, as well as tutoring and sharing their passion for the saxophone.
Career highlights include their successful recital as part of the July 2011 Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival in Melbourne, performing later in the month at the internationally acclaimed event The Queensland Music Festival in the Vaporisations project – a site specific work for massed saxophones developing an active sound installation which was recorded for national broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Commission. The ensemble’s performance at the World Saxophone Congress XVI in Scotland in July 2012 was part of their European tour including a series of concerts at the Guildhall School of Music, London and the International Society of Music Education Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece.
QCSO continually approaches Australian composers of all influences culminating in an annual ‘Australian Made’ recording available on CD Baby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/queenslandconservatorium. In July they took to touring to Manchester to perform with the RNCM students, Paris in the Selmer Showroom, and Strasbourg to perform in the XVII World Saxophone Congress in their own featured recital, in addition to performing with the Australian Saxophone Orchestra.