MBSO rehearses on Thursday nights in the Clontarf Beach State High School hall. Rehearsals are from 7:00 – 9:30 PM with a supper break at 8:15 PM. Players are encouraged to arrive prior to 7:00 PM in order to set up.


The Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra welcomes new members who play string, woodwind, brass and percussion orchestral instruments. The music we play ranges from medium to advanced levels; therefore players need to be approximately at AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) or Trinity College of Music Grade 5 standard. We do not audition, instead there is a six week trial period during which prospective members come and play with the orchestra.


Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra has five regular concert performances throughout the year. Each concert has a theme and the music is chosen accordingly. Typically, there is one classical concert, two themed concerts, a soirée, a Christmas concert and two or three other musical events each year. We play music by classical composers such as Mendelssohn, Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Bizet. We also enjoy playing contemporary music by composers such as John Williams, Bernstein and Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Concerts are usually held at Clontarf Beach State High School, or other local venues such as the chapel at Grace Lutheran College, the Redcliffe RSL or the Redcliffe Cultural Centre. MBSO also plays at community events and at private functions.

For example, the 2014 concert series consisted of:

  1. Our Heroes
  2. Tchaikovsky
  3. The MBSO Soirée
  4. The Wonderful World of Animation
  5. Christmas Concerts (our own and at community events)

The orchestra and other ensembles (string, woodwind, etc.) are available for weddings, fund-raising functions, choral accompaniments and various other community events and can be hired for a modest fee. Chamber ensembles perform at MBSO cabarets and soirées. For further enquiries in regard to performances, please email


Players from MBSO and the MBSO Youth Symphony have toured both Toowoomba and New Zealand in past years. Tours are planned for future years.


Concertmaster - Katie LawtonKatie Lawton is the current concertmaster of Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra. She holds an honours degree in Music Performance from the University of Queensland, where she studied voice with Leslie Purvis, violin and viola with Patricia Pollett and cello with Gwyn Roberts.

Katie loves musical theatre, and has performed both onstage and in the orchestra pit with many Brisbane groups, including Harvest Rain Theatre Company, Ignatians, Redcliffe Musical Theatre, Brisbane Arts Theatre and Queensland Musical Theatre. Katie previously played first violin in the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, performs regularly as a freelance musician with a string quartet, plays in a jazz duo with her partner Mitch (guitar) and recently has started playing for colonial and bush dances.

Katie has been a music educator for many years; teaching strings at several schools in the Moreton Bay region and is passionate about the benefits of music education for everyone! She currently conducts the MBSO Junior Strings ensemble, a recent addition to the groups which perform under the MBSO umbrella.


Double Bass

If you are approximately AMEB or Trinity College of Music Grade 5 or above, please feel free to contact us for more details.

Legend: (†) Instrument loan available

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Join the MBSO Youth Symphony and MBSO Junior Strings ensembles in 2019

Know someone who is learning an instrument or in school and playing an instrument? Love playing in an environment with like-minded people? Have a passion for music? Join the MBSO Youth Symphony and MBSO Junior Strings ensembles in 2019! Click on the "Information Flyer for Youth and Junior Ensembles" under "Other Publications" on the right-hand-side column.