Performances and Events


The Conservatorium has an exciting, vibrant and diverse annual events calendar featuring some exceptionally talented performers, teachers and scholars.

Enabling us to showcase the skills and talents of our music, theatre and multimedia students and staff as well as visiting stars and touring performing artists, the Conservatorium hosts approximately 100 performances each year on CQUniversity's campuses. These performances range from full musical theatre productions to drama productions and plays, children's theatre, jazz performances, recitals, concerts, art and media exhibitions, seminars and community events.

Supported by the Conservatorium Friends, our events program makes an important contribution to the local community and provides a professional platform for students to perform in public while they are preparing for a career in the performing arts. It also provides opportunities for staff and visiting artists to perform to supportive and appreciative audiences.

Stax and the Memphis Soul Sound

CQCM Bachelor of Music students return to the stage for the first (and final) time in 2020 for a celebration of the Memphis Soul sound. Instantly identifiable, this music represents the influence of artists like Otis Redding, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave and more. It’s a journey back to the blending of gospel, blues and country – to the creation of southern soul.

Performance dates

  • Friday 25th September, 7:30pm
  • Saturday 26th September, 7:30pm

Booking required on 07 4940 7800

They Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a hilarious, interactive whodunit mystery musical that allows the audience to enter the action and become the ultimate detectives. The show is based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name. In small town of Chesterham, England, the young and charming Edwin Drood has been mysteriously murdered. But by whom? His leering romantic rival, John Jasper? The infamous purveyor of opium and vice, Princess Puffer? The mysterious Landless twins, newly arrived from Ceylon? Or someone else even more dastardly and villainous? Dickens passed away before he was able to reveal the culprit. Rupert Holmes’ award-winning musical solves this predicament by asking the audience to choose which character is the killer by putting it to a vote.

Performance dates

  • Friday 23 October, 10.30 am and 7.30 pm
  • Saturday 24 October, 2 pm and 7.30 pm
  • Sunday 25 October, 2 pm

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For information about CQCM performances contact our CQCM office or phone: +61 7 4940 7800.