Brisbane City Council’s Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret

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!

In 2022, we’re celebrating the ‘Golden Age of Pop - Music from the 1950's to 90's.

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 band, you play a musical instrument or you could be a comedian, we want to hear from you now!

No auditions are required.

You can pre-prepare an item to work on or maybe you’d prefer to join in a group masterclass and learn a song or a dance 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 some performers will be encouraged to perform in a showcase performance in 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 a 'Song and Dance' item with Maureen Bowra and a 'Group singing' masterclass, learning two songs with Jonathon Welch. We also have a 'Ukulele and Voice' masterclass with Vic Kena for those who would like to prepare an item with their ukulele.

Masterclasses will be held from 27 July to 17 August 2022.


Masterclasses will cover issues such as:

  • overcoming stage fright

  • stage craft

  • vocal technique

  • group singing

  • song and dance

  • a healthy voice

  • less is more

  • how to hit those high notes

You can perform with backing tracks or an instrument and we will also provide a pianist to accompany you if you have sheet music.  All performers will be supported with professional sound equipment.

Audiences are welcome.

2. Showcases

After completing the masterclasses, some participants will have the opportunity to perform in a showcase concert and set the stage alight with their singing, dancing and instrumental skills in various venues across Brisbane.

Showcases will be held throughout September 2022.

3. Gala Cabaret

Some 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 30 October 2022.

Please note that registrations for this year's program have now closed.

To view this year's exciting line up of Mentors, please click on the link below.


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