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Sydney Symphony Orchestra 2014 China Tour


Rachel Silver, Leah Lynn and Emma Sholl. Photo: Julian Kingma

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has returned home on a high after a lauded seven-city tour of China and first international tour under the baton of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson.

The SSO performed seven concerts and several ensemble performances on the tour, which ran from June 22 to July 6, stopping in Shanghai, Jinan, Beijing, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

The orchestra performed to more than 10,000 people at venues throughout the seven-city tour, plus millions more with the airing of several concerts on the internet, radio and TV throughout China.

A highlight of the tour was playing to a full-house at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing in a gala concert followed by a special event hosted by the Australian Embassy.

The event included a keynote address by the Chargé d’Affaires for the Australian Embassy Beijing, Justin Hayhurst, who told attendees the SSO was “a model of how to succeed in China”, a sentiment that was echoed by senior government officials in the other cities the Orchestra visited.

Other highlights of the tour included education workshops with students at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou.

As part of its continuing relationship with China and its people, the SSO will also host staff from Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts at the end of July. Executive members of the institution will visit the SSO headquarters in Sydney to share knowledge and skills relating to subscription packaging and marketing.

For a news report on the SSO’s tour by China’s CCTV, please visit: http://english.cntv.cn/2014/06/30/VIDE1404058797680181.shtml

For highlights of the tour, visit the SSO’s official tour blog at: http://blog.ssoontour.com/