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The QSO Horns will perform works by James Beckel and Kerry Turner among others.

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Malcolm Stewart heads up the QSO Horns as Principal and is the most recent appointment. Malcolm’s glorious sound and exceptional musicianship is the perfect icing for this wonderful ensemble. Malcolm has worked as a guest with every professional symphony orchestra in Australia and also the New Zealand Symphony. He has held Principal positions both here and overseas but has made Queensland his home where he enjoys his other passions; his family and fishing!

The inimitable Peter Luff is next in command as Associate. Peter too enjoys being a guest performer with many Australian and International Orchestras and chamber groups. Peter has also been involved at an executive level with the International Horn Society and is Australia’s most recognised French Horn Pedagogue. The QSO horns are lucky enough to have two extraordinary first horns and little separates them from other than Luff’s ability to surreptitiously incorporate ‘Pop goes the weasel’ in any key, style, mode or tempo in any orchestral work both in rehearsal and performance!

Dr Ian O’Brien is Principle 3rd and has held Principal positions with Orchestra Victoria and performed as a guest with Tasmania and Sydney Symphonies. Ian has also achieved a PHD in Audiology. When Ian isn’t playing the horn, or peering in people's ears it’s hard to believe he has time to engage in his other pursuits of mountain biking with his son, playing guitar and recording/editing music.

Vivienne Collier-Vickers is the longest standing member of the QSO horn section, she has also appeared as a guest performer with most of Australia’s Symphony Orchestras as guest low horn and is considered to be one of the nation’s finest low horn players. She has also been a guest player with Hong Kong and Malaysia Philharmonics. Vivienne is much valued within the section as the person who keeps them all in line, organised and laughing.

Lauren Manuel's versatility as a hornist means she is often called upon to display her talents as a high player in the section when necessary and is a sought-after guest player in Australia and New Zealand. Lauren, as the youngest in the section, will probably outlive her colleagues, not only for this reason, but also because she is the fittest and most sporty of the ensemble.

The QSO horns have developed a reputation for being a fine ensemble that has many engagements as a section for recitals and have appeared as guest artists with International Horn Society’s London Convention in 2014. They performed their own recital and combined with two of the most renowned Horn Quartets in the world; The American Horn Quartet and the Budapest Festival Horn Quartet. In 2016, the QSO horns collaborated with the American Horn Quartet to produce a CD that celebrates Christmas with some traditional songs, modern arrangements, and compositions by Kerry Turner.

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