Deep shock as symphony violinist and sons are killed in car smash

The Queensland Symphony is in mourning for one of its own. Stephen Philips, born and reared in Brisbane, was killed in a car crash while on a family holiday in New Zealand.

His two stepsons, aged 14 and 12, also died. His wife, Belinda, and daughter are injured in hospital.

Stephen, 54, was a member of the first violins of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and an occasional soloist. He was also a church singer and organist. Belinda played viola as a freelance in the orchestra. The music community of Brisbane is bereft.



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  • The news of Stephen’s death has been deeply felt Australia wide. He was a very fine violinist and friend to many of us. He played in the section when I was assoc CM of QSO in late 80’s and we have been friends ever since. The QSO is in deep sadness on hearing this tragic news. RIP Stephen, Deepest condolences to Belinda

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