“Through the common bond of music making and the love of music, the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gold Coast Philharmonic Concert Band bring together people from all works of life, age groups, experience and aspirations. The wealth of experience brought to a group of sixty or more players is a great luxury of which to be a part.”
Mark Turpin has been involved with the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra as an oboe player since 1986 and as Conductor since 2000. To date he has conducted over 25 concert seasons. Mark was a finalist in Symphony Australias’ Conductor Development Program in 2001 and in 2007 was awarded one of only 14 places in Australia working with renowned Conductor Graham Abbott. 2009 saw Mark and the Philharmonic Society being nominated for the Cultural Achievement award and Mark being nominated for Citizen of the Year in the Australia Day Awards. He is also the proud winner of the 2009 Gold Coast Honours – Entertainment Category. Mark has played oboe in the Gold Coast Arts Orchestra in many productions including the professional touring production of “Porgy & Bess” and “Sweeney Todd” conducted by Kellie Dickerson and starring the late Rob Guest. Mark has also completed a season as Orchestral Conductor of the Gold Coast Arts Centre production of “Broadway in Concert” & performances of the professional Twelfth Night Theatre production of “Carousel”.