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About

Hi and welcome to the Boxties website

Our Aim

We want our audience to be stimulated and inspired by the emotional and imaginative musical worlds we create, and for our students to learn how to bring such worlds into being. We know that such experiences can nurture empathy, connection and a sense of belonging, and can turn the mind towards possibility and hope rather than narrowness and despair.

Who we are and what we’re about

The Boxties are a 10-piece Chamber Ensemble who perform and teach, inspired by music traditional and modern – music of intensity that speaks to head and heart, and to dancing feet. 

The Boxties have twice presented their self-devised show Bound Away to Leave You to full houses at the Cremorne Theatre, appeared in QPAC’s Songs of Hope and Healing concerts in the Brisbane Concert Hall, coordinated the FHEAL Community Choir in support of young refugees, and performed for QPAC’s Spirit of Christmas and Green Jam events.

Teaching is just as important as playing to the Boxties, and their teaching method aims to nurture the same imaginative, charismatic and expressive qualities that the Boxties bring to their own performances. 

What we think

We believe that in an environment of ever-narrowing school curricula and ever-tightening government support for the arts, and with our politics becoming ever more polarised and fear driven, society needs broad, generous, rigorous, uplifting music-making and music education more than ever.  

We’re inspired by the American writer Dave Eggers when he says       “ …  with art comes empathy. It allows us to look through someone else’s eyes and know their strivings and struggles. It expands the moral imagination and makes it impossible to accept the dehumanization of others.” 

 

We want to play and teach music that uplifts and speaks of unity, not division. We are inspired by the storytelling and tunes of traditional music from England, Ireland, Scotland and elsewhere, and by the inventiveness of the great melting pot of musical theatre. The richness of such material allows for enormous creativity and reinvention. It can speak to us all, regardless of time and place, giving a sense of the humanity we share with people who have gone before, with the singer or player bringing us the music now, and with our fellow creatures who may also be listening.

We strive to cultivate and teach music in that spirit, so that eyes shine with delight at the magic of musical communication and the power of shared emotion.

We offer an alternative to the formulaic, processed, corporate music that dominates so much of our culture and the testing and technology obsessed learning so pervasive in schools.

Over 25 years of experience in music education, the Boxties have developed an award-winning, internationally recognised teaching methodology that works for people of all ages and abilities. 

Our work with young refugees, in particular, aims both to support them and to bring them together with their peers from other backgrounds in celebration of the musical impulse we all share.

We believe that all the benefits of a musical education – social, artistic, academic and cultural – are enhanced by rich and challenging performing experience. So we offer disciplined, rigorous learning, grounded in both the body and the brain – imaginative, intellectual, physical and collaborative, that consciously aims to create a sense of belonging, and mutual support.

 

 Boxty: An Irish potato pancake with a characteristic smooth, fine-grained consistency – a fine namesake for a group delving into the Irish musical tradition and its many relatives and offshoots.

Events

The Boxties: City of Strangers

 catches the heart off guard, and blows it open

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DATE

2 performances only

7.30pm 14 and 15 December 2018 

VENUE

Cremorne Theatre QPAC

Powerful and subtle, the Boxties follow up their 2016-17 QPAC show Bound Away to Leave You with an atmospheric selection of songs. They draw on the traditional musical lore of Britain and Ireland, and the works of Sondheim and Sting. The songs take us here and there, touching on ideas of home, longing and exile (with the odd digression).

In City of Strangers, they are joined by guest performers from the Boxties Mentorship Program and the FHEAL Choir.

Also on board are regular Boxties collaborators David Walters (lighting design), Bill Haycock (design) and James Harper (words). 

Tickets can be purchased through the QPAC website here

Past Events

2018

  The Boxties Back At QPAC In Songs Of Hope And Healing   Songs of Hope and Healing is a fundraising concert for the HEAL Foundation which promotes arts education for young refugees. The Boxties strongly support the foundation’s efforts, and will be appearing at the concert, in the Brisbane Concert Hall, QPAC, on Tuesday March 27.   2018

The Boxties Back At QPAC In Songs Of Hope And Healing

Songs of Hope and Healing is a fundraising concert for the HEAL Foundation which promotes arts education for young refugees. The Boxties strongly support the foundation’s efforts, and will be appearing at the concert, in the Brisbane Concert Hall, QPAC, on Tuesday March 27.

2018

2017

2018

  Friends Of HEAL Community Choir   The Boxties are kicking off 2018 in collaboration with QPAC and the Friends of HEAL foundation (FHEAL), taking part in Songs of Hope and Healing, a fundraising event at the Brisbane Concert Hall on 27 March.  FHEAL’s purpose is to promote arts education for refugee students and the Boxties are keen to lend their skills in support. As well as performing a set during the concert, the Boxties will be team-teaching a choir of students from several high schools to perform a choral number that should make an exciting climax.

Friends Of HEAL Community Choir

The Boxties are kicking off 2018 in collaboration with QPAC and the Friends of HEAL foundation (FHEAL), taking part in Songs of Hope and Healing, a fundraising event at the Brisbane Concert Hall on 27 March.

FHEAL’s purpose is to promote arts education for refugee students and the Boxties are keen to lend their skills in support. As well as performing a set during the concert, the Boxties will be team-teaching a choir of students from several high schools to perform a choral number that should make an exciting climax.

2016

  The Boxties: Bound Away To Leave You   After their sold-out 2016 season, The Boxties return to QPAC with their show,  Bound Away to Leave You.  In a genre-pushing theatrical evening, they bring their trademark contemporary vibe and high energy music-making to the newly renovated Cremorne Theatre, in a concert that celebrates the mighty oceans and their hold on the human soul.

The Boxties: Bound Away To Leave You

After their sold-out 2016 season, The Boxties return to QPAC with their show, Bound Away to Leave You. In a genre-pushing theatrical evening, they bring their trademark contemporary vibe and high energy music-making to the newly renovated Cremorne Theatre, in a concert that celebrates the mighty oceans and their hold on the human soul.

  The Boxties: Bound Away To Leave You   This month The Boxties make their mainstage debut at the Cremorne Theatre in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, with our show  Bound Away to Leave You , on November 25 and 26.  It’s based on songs by Sting, from his musical  The Last Ship , written as a tribute to the place he grew up, a shipbuilding town in North East England.

The Boxties: Bound Away To Leave You

This month The Boxties make their mainstage debut at the Cremorne Theatre in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, with our show Bound Away to Leave You, on November 25 and 26.

It’s based on songs by Sting, from his musical The Last Ship, written as a tribute to the place he grew up, a shipbuilding town in North East England.