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Brisbane City Council’s

Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret

Create, Rehearse, Succeed!

The Lord Mayor's Seniors Cabaret is a free development program that provides Brisbane seniors the opportunity to learn from the best in the biz and develop their creative and artistic talents in a non-competitive and supportive environment.

If you can dream it, you can do it!

It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced performer or you’ve never performed on the stage before, it’s your time to shine!

If you’re a singer, dancer, a vocal group, a choir, a band, or if you play a musical instrument or you're a comedian, we want to hear from you!

No auditions are required.

You can pre-prepare an item to work on with your chosen mentor or maybe you’d prefer joining a group masterclass with others, it’s totally your choice.

Throughout July and August, participants will be given the opportunity to work alongside top industry professional mentors in a 3-hour masterclass and then selected participants will be encouraged to perform in a showcase performance during September.

The Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret program is made up of three parts:

1. Masterclasses

If you don't feel confident enough to perform by yourself or in a band/act, we have two group masterclasses where you can learn an item together. These include learning a 'Song and Dance' item with Jo Nash and we also have a 'Ukulele and Voice' masterclass with Vic Kena. For the first time this year, we also have a masterclass dedicated solely to choirs and vocal groups to work on their pre-prepared item.

Masterclasses will be begin in late July to mid August 2024.


Masterclasses will cover issues such as:

  • stage fright

  • stage craft

  • vocal technique

  • song and dance

  • a healthy voice

  • what is 'less is more'?

  • how to hit those higher notes

You can perform with your own backing tracks or your own instrument and we also provide a pianist to accompany you if you have your own sheet music.  All performers will be supported with professional sound equipment and a sound operator. If you need help sourcing a backing track for your song, please contact us and we can find them for you.

Audiences are more than welcome to attend any of the masterclasses.

2. Showcases

After completing the masterclasses stage of the program, some participants will have the opportunity to perform in 1 of 9 showcase concerts and set the stage alight with their singing, dancing and instrumental skills in venues across Brisbane.


Unfortunately due to the growing number of people participating in the masterclasses, spaces are restricted in the showcase concert part of the program.

Showcase performances will be held at various Brisbane venues throughout September 2024.

3. Gala Cabaret

Some final performers will then have the opportunity to take to the stage in the Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret Gala at Brisbane City Hall on Sunday 20 October 2024.

Please note that masterclass registrations open from Monday June 3rd 2024.

Enter your details from the Brisbane City Council link below and we will get back to you.


If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Producer, Chris Fennessy on 07 3901 7322 or email at

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