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Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Appalachian Spring

In April the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra used Aaron Copland’s ballet score Appalachian Spring as a catalyst for creating a new music-and-dance work under the guidance of internationally acclaimed Creative Director and guest artist Paul Rissmann, choreographer Carlie Angel and three ASO mentors. Over the six days of the project 20 secondary students (14 music, 6 […]

Sydney Symphony Orchestra celebrates international Make Music Day

On Friday 21 June at 7pm, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will celebrate international Make Music Day with a free, global livestream of its Music of the Oud concert, featuring Egyptian-Australian oud (Egyptian lute) player Joseph Tawardros, live from the Sydney Opera House. Originally launched in 1982 as Fête de la Musique in France, Make Music Day is an annual […]

Queensland Symphony Orchestra visits regional Queensland

Delivering on its commitment to bring quality music education and concert experiences to regional Queensland, 14 musicians from Queensland Symphony Orchestra visited Gladstone during May to perform with more than 300 local high school and primary school students in the GEM Community Concert. This was QSO’s eighth year performing in Gladstone and the fifth Community […]

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s landmark Australian music project

This February, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra undertook a major and historically significant Australian music recording project, a double CD recording of the orchestral works of the Olympic gold-medal-winning oarsman, noted pianist, deeply gifted composer and WWI soldier Frederick Septimus Kelly (1881-1916), who has been described as ‘Australia’s most important cultural loss of the Great War’. […]

West Australian Symphony Orchestra helps keep the Noongar language alive

Koorlangka is described as ‘a modern take on ancient music’, with all songs performed in Noongar language. A one-hour suite of lullabies and traditional stories exploring the theme of children and legacy, these thought-provoking and beautiful works delighted everyone in their debut at the 2019 Karijini Experience. West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet of Assistant […]

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra celebrates First Nations

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is deeply committed to working side by side with Traditional Owners and increasing Australians’ experience of Indigenous cultures through meaningful, authentic and creative engagement. In 2019, the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages, the company is undertaking a number of exciting projects which have language at their core. Eumeralla: A war […]

Sydney Symphony Orchestra celebrates life of Richard Gill with free tribute concert

On 17 November, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, joined by the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Chamber Choir and the Conservatorium High School Chamber Choir, celebrated the life of the late music educator Richard Gill with a free concert open to the public at the Sydney Opera House. Together with Kim Williams, Australian media executive, a former […]

Queensland Symphony Orchestra collaborates with Barrier Reef Orchestra for Stage & Screen

Queensland Symphony Orchestra was pleased to collaborate with Townsville’s community Barrier Reef Orchestra for its Stage & Screen concert, conducted by Richard Davis. With repertoire by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Mozart and of course the legendary John Williams, this was a stimulating evening for both orchestra and audience. Richard Davis travelled to Townsville two […]

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra moves out of the concert hall and into the pub

Since August 2016 the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has actively expanded its audience base with an initiative known as TSO Live Sessions, concerts which target younger ticket buyers with little or no history of attending orchestral concerts. ‘Out of the concert hall and into the pub’ is one of the slogans that has been used to […]

West Australian Symphony Orchestra – musically mindful of employee wellbeing

Music is vital to our health and well-being, so let’s not forget those who bring music to life – from musicians to our behind-the-scenes staff, West Australian Symphony Orchestra is committed to bringing extraordinary music to the Western Australian community and their health and wellbeing is just as important to us as the performances they […]

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra plays for all Victorians

This year the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has travelled to nine regional centres (Geelong, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Mildura, Warragul, Bendigo and Ballarat) giving a total of 20 performances and 26 workshops for over 11,000 people. Highlights of the MSO’s regional engagement in 2018 include: A welcome return to Mildura after 25 years saw the MSO […]

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra pops up in Parliament House

Following an invitation from the Parliamentary Friends of Orchestral Music group, Symphony Services Australia secured members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for four pop-up performances in Parliament House in late November. Musicians Emma Perkins, Gillian Braithwaite, Rosemary McGowran and David Sharp performed works by Elgar, Vivaldi, Graeme Koehne, Coldplay and The Beatles in the Marble […]

Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony for Tomorrow project showcased at Cairns Festival

Original compositions by secondary school students were performed recently in Babinda and Trinity Beach as part of Cairns Festival’s Suburban Satellites program. The works were created under the direction of QSO cellist Craig Allister Young, and songwriters Donna Dyson and Tyrone Noonan. For the Symphony for Tomorrow project students were invited to collaborate on writing […]

Changes in artistic leadership and management at the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

2018 has been a period of organisational change for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, with both Chief Conductor and Managing Director concluding their longstanding roles with the organisation. The TSO’s current Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Marko Letonja, will come to the end of his seven-year tenure at the end of 2018. His successor will be […]

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra on tour with Mozart and Beethoven

A world- class orchestra, deeply engaged in the community, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra has been inspiring and enriching the lives of West Australians from the centre of Perth to the furthest corners of the state since 1928. To celebrate WASO’s 90th Anniversary the full orchestra will hit the road in November to present sublime, […]

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra takes The Bush Concert to China

On 23 and 24 August an ensemble of eight musicians from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra took part in the 34th Harbin Summer Music Festival in China. On the program was The Bush Concert, an ASO-commissioned work for young people based on the book of the same name by Australian author Helga Visser. The story, about […]

Focus on Australia-Singapore relationship bears fruit for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has signed a significant four-year partnership with the Singapore Symphony Group that will lead to joint orchestral performances, collaborations, exchange and concerts in both countries. Witnessing the signing of the MoU in Melbourne, Minister for Communications and the Arts Senator Mitch Fifield welcomed the partnership as significant for both nations: ‘This […]

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra leads Australia’s flagship event in international Make Music Day

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra led Australia’s flagship event in this year’s international Make Music Day with a free global livestream of its Verdi’s Requiem concert, direct from the Sydney Opera House. Held annually on 21 June, Make Music Day is a celebration of music involving 800 cities in 120 countries. Alongside the audience in the […]

Young conductors hone their skills with TSO

Conducting is a mysterious profession, and Australia’s orchestras have had some success in teaching young musicians the skills required. Symphony Australia’s national training program was handed back to the six symphony orchestras last year, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra now leads the way in training aspiring Australian conductors from all over the country. Over 9 […]

WASO’s Music for the Ages

Classical music has long been recognised for its ability to heal and soothe. Australia’s symphony orchestras have regularly engaged in programs that support the elderly and unwell in their communities. In 2018 WASO introduced a new program – Music for the Ages – to its Community Outreach portfolio. This program provides engaging performances across the […]

ASO celebrates diverse cultures and traditions

To welcome the Year of the Dog, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Festival Centre presented a Chinese New Year concert in February that united cultures through the power of music. Including popular masterworks and traditional Chinese favourites, the event featured renowned artists conducted by Jason Lai. Pianist sensation Warren Lee made his Adelaide debut and Yafen, an […]

MSO and young dancers with Down syndrome explore music, movement and expression

In late 2017 the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra embarked on a creative collaboration with e.motion21, an innovative charity that provides dance, fitness and performance programs for children and young adults with Down syndrome. The pilot program saw 24 dancers join a selection of MSO musicians for a workshop and presentation. See some of the fun below. […]

SSO Celebrates 80 Years of Regional Touring

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to regional touring stretches back almost as far as the Orchestra’s founding. This year the Orchestra celebrates an amazing 80 years of regional touring in New South Wales by returning to where it all began: Wollongong. Following in the footsteps of the SSO musicians pictured here on the first regional tour […]

QSO supports young talent from regional Queensland

Not everyone lives in a capital city and can attend regular concerts by their state’s symphony orchestra. But the six Australian symphony orchestras do everything possible to ensure all Australians are given the opportunity to enjoy fine music. Ten-year-old Grant Dolbel from Chinchilla first met Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s David Montgomery (Section Principal Percussion) when the […]

WASO Education Week

“Bravo WASO! The excitement and enthusiasm generated with the young audience at one of [the] concerts at the Perth Concert Hall had to be experienced to be believed…. Thank you and well done WASO, its players and musicians.” B.Lillis, Letter to the Editor, published in The West Australian 26 June 2017. WASO’s Community Engagement Department […]

ASO community engagement

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has undertaken several exciting community engagement activities in recent months. In late July, the ASO connected with community musicians through its Come and Play program. This gives participants the experience of playing side by side with the professional musicians of the ASO. Oboe player Anthony Radogna stated: “The next best thing […]

MSO in Indonesia

In August, the MSO performed at the UNESCO world heritage site Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Prior to this extraordinary event, musicians worked with local music students in workshops and rehearsals in preparation to perform side-by-side on stage at the one-night-only event. Princess Mangkubumi, daughter of Sultan Hamengkubuwana X of Yogyakarta, who sits on the […]

The SSO returns to China

Students at Shanghai’s Jian Ping High School and Shanghai Orchestra Academy enjoyed meeting and learning from the musicians of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on the Orchestra’s fifth tour to China, led by Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson. An SSO String Quartet travelled to the High School to hold a lunchtime performance and Q […]

QSO tours regionally

The beginning of September saw an ensemble of Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians head to Western Queensland to bring music to the communities of Roma, Miles and Chinchilla for the second consecutive year, supported by Origin Energy. The ensemble gave performances, tutorials and workshops to school students and music teachers culminating in a Community in Concert […]

TSO at Risdon Prison

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra is collaborating with staff, volunteers and inmates from Risdon Prison on a unique creative writing and performance project, Convict Monologues. Over the course of ten months inmates will research, write and perform a series of monologues inspired by the life and times of convicts from the age of early Australian colonisation, […]

ASO to perform at Generations in Jazz

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will travel to Mount Gambier for the 30th anniversary of Generations in Jazz. The 68-piece orchestra will perform in the big-top tent alongside a high-profile list of guest artists in May. ASO Managing Director Vincent Ciccarello said, ‘We are delighted to take part in this celebrated festival in its 30th year. […]

MSO takes its music to millions

It’s not summer in the City of Melbourne without experiencing the sounds of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in one of the city’s vibrant live performance venues. Melburnians might have been lucky to experience the MSO in a live concert arena, but plenty more classical fans were thrilled to experience the orchestra through television and radio […]

The SSO performs to more than 4800 school students in Western Sydney

In March more than 4,800 school students witnessed the SSO in action across eight interactive schools concerts held at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre. The concerts, on the theme ‘Music for Sport’, were attended by Year 3 to Year 10 students from 35 schools across Greater Sydney, including Campsie Public School, Toongabbie Public School and Canley Vale […]

QSO goes West

In October 2016, Queensland Symphony Orchestra travelled nearly 1,000 km to Chinchilla, Roma and surrounding areas – all towns which don’t usually get the opportunity to see QSO locally. Nearly 1,500 people were engaged in the Chinchilla Miles and Roma (CMR) Initiative and the tour culminated in a free community concert, where local musicians played […]

TSO’s school composing project

For the second year in a row, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Composers’ Project offers tuition, performance and recording opportunities to Year 11 and 12 students eager to hone their skills as composers. Under the direction of Dr Maria Grenfell at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) Conservatorium of Music, the ten secondary school students taking part […]

WASO – Karijini Experience

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra has been invited to participate for the first time in the Karijini Experience. Held over five days in April, Karijini Experience is an annual cultural event that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the magnificence of the Karijini National Park. Held on the traditional lands of the Banjima people, the […]

MSO launches its 2017 season

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has announced a mighty 2017 season filled with extraordinary choral delights, dreamy orchestral nights, superstar music sensations and stories of romantic temptations! The new season will see 38 international guest artists performing in Melbourne with the MSO. Twelve of these artists will be visiting Australia for the first time and 21 […]

Indigenous children visit the SSO

Sixteen high school students from remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory travelled to Sydney last month with the Cathy Freeman Foundation, thanks to support from SSO Premier Partner Credit Suisse. Hailing from Palm Island, Woorabinda, Galiwin’ku and Wurrumiyanga, the students visited the Sydney Opera House for a behind-the-scenes tour and window into daily […]

QSO’s 2017 season

QSO’s Music Director, Alondra de la Parra, recently announced the 2017 Season for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Her international influence can be seen in the diverse program and star-studded roster of leading soloists and conductors, featuring many QSO exclusives and Australian debuts, in grand celebration of the Orchestra’s 70th anniversary year. In a significant international […]

TSO composer project

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra partnered with the UTAS Conservatorium of Music and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) to create the Composers’ Project, an exciting new training initiative for composition students in grade 11/12. Nine Tasmanian high school students and six music teachers took part, guided by Dr Maria Grenfell, Co-ordinator of Composition and […]

A milestone recording for WASO

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s first recording in seven years is a significant milestone. Titled Brahms: The Symphonies, the album features WASO and Principal Conductor Asher Fisch performing the complete cycle of all four of Brahms’ symphonies. These four symphonies are regarded as some of the most important works in the classical music canon, and […]

ASO’s Chinese connections

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s China engagement initiatives have been given a major boost with the announcement of a substantial financial gift over the next three years. ASO Managing Director, Vincent Ciccarello, said that thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Dr Sing Ping Ting, the orchestra will be able to undertake a range of activities focusing […]

SSO teaches the teachers

  Fifty-five teachers from across NSW gave up one week of their holidays in January to participate in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s teacher training residency TunED-Up! at the ABC Centre in Sydney. Travelling from as far as South Tweed Heads, the teachers hailed from 41 schools including Cobar Public School, Ross Hill Public School and […]

2015 – a year of success for QSO

  In another record-breaking year, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra has continued to set new standards in orchestral management, financial sustainability and artistic rigour. QSO once again achieved a surplus in 2015. Ticket sales for QSO mainstage concerts grew by 26% in 2015, including an increase of 45% in single ticket sales. Sales of subscription packages […]

TSO Prison Outreach Program

  The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra inaugurated its Prison Outreach Program in 2015 with a series of activities involving inmates at the Ron Barwick Minimum Security Prison in Hobart. Musicians from the TSO conducted workshops in May and June involving prisoners and their families. This was a way of bringing music to the inmates and, at […]

WASO’s Crescendo

  WASO’s Crescendo is an El Sistema-inspired music education program, providing free music lessons on a weekly basis to all Pre-primary, Year 1 and Year 2 students at two schools in Perth’s southern suburb of Kwinana. The El Sistema model, established by Venezuelan José Antonio Abreu in 1975, seeks to empower children from disadvantaged backgrounds […]

Nicholas Carter makes his debut as ASO Principal Conductor

The first concert in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Great Classics 2016 series, Carter & Wagner, has been hailed as “beautiful”, “outstanding”, “fantastic” and “incredible”. Nicholas Carter stepped onto the Festival Theatre stage for his first concert as the ASO’s Principal Conductor to officially open the orchestra’s 80th anniversary season on Saturday 13 February. Carter’s inaugural […]

The Pizzicato Effect

  Every child deserves the opportunity to grow up with music in their lives and with The Pizzicato Effect, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s community music program, music is far more than notes on a page. On 9 December, 163 students joined MSO musicians and Pizzicato Effect Teaching Artists in a concert celebrating the achievements of the […]

Queensland Symphony Orchestra – truly an orchestra for the people!

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra has dazzled music lovers with a month of outstanding concerts presented in collaboration with the Brisbane Festival. The series of diverse performances throughout the month of September was enthusiastically received by concert-goers and reviewers alike, with every concert finishing to multiple standing ovations. Symphony for Me, a free concert which invited […]

Maximus Musicus visits the TSO

Hordes of excited children, along with their parents and grandparents, descended on Federation Concert Hall on 10 September for Maximus Musicus visits the Orchestra, the TSO’s second Family Classics concert for the year. The fun began with colouring-in and other activities in the foyer before the concert. Once the concert got underway, the capacity audience […]

WASO on the Road tour to Geraldton: ‘The Sound of Picture Books’

West Australian Symphony Orchestra in partnership with The Literature Centre Each year, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra tours chamber ensembles to regional centres as part of its week-long WASO on the Road touring program. In September this year, WASO on the Road saw a  string quintet head to Geraldton and it was a huge success! […]

The virtual reality of the ASO

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has formed a world-leading partnership with Adelaide-based company Jumpgate Virtual Reality to present their first project – The Classics Unwrapped Virtual Reality Concert Series. Thanks to pioneering technology and using state-of-the-art Samsung Gear Virtual Reality Headsets, audiences had the chance to experience 360-degree views of the orchestra and immersive sound at […]

MSO connects with deaf students

Earlier in the year, students from the Victorian College for the Deaf (VCD) joined music educator Karen Kyriakou and British-born practising and profoundly deaf musician Danny Lane for a day of musical exploration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The aim was to open up the world of music to deaf children and inspire them to […]

Sydney Symphony Orchestra outreach at Seoul National University

With the support of the Australia-Korea Foundation and DFAT, the SSO is set to undertake a full day of activities with students at the prestigious Seoul National University as part of its upcoming tour to South Korea. SSO Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson and 16 SSO musicians will visit the University for a […]

ASO appoints Australian Principal Conductor

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has appointed 29-year-old Nicholas Carter as Principal Conductor – the first time an Australian has been appointed to lead a major Australian orchestra for nearly 30 years. From 2016, Mr Carter will head a new artistic leadership team that includes two outstanding international artists: the renowned British conductor, Jeffrey Tate, as […]

WASO launches cross cultural exchange with China

In March an exciting new partnership was launched between the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) and the Australia China Business Council (Western Australia) (ACBC WA). The partnership will see the three organisations work together on an exchange project that will foster cultural awareness and share expertise between both orchestras. The project […]

QSO plays for all Queenslanders

QSO’s commitment to reaching Queenslanders wherever they live saw a three-fold increase in QSO’s regional touring program in 2014. As the second largest state in Australia, this is a significant achievement and highlights QSO’s strong commitment to engage with communities to provide access to great music and champion music education. The use of new technology […]

All singing, all dancing: TSO’s Mini Maestro

Building on the success of last year’s Mini TSO for Kids, the TSO gave five sold-out performances of Mini Maestro in the TSO Studio during the recent school holidays. Conducted by Greg Stephens (TSO Horn player) and hosted by Jane Longhurst, ABC Local Radio announcer and actor, Mini Maestro was aimed at children aged 2 […]

MSO broadcasts to millions in China

In February, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra celebrated Chinese New Year with a concert that brought together great works from the Western and Eastern traditions under the helm of Grammy and Academy Award winning Chinese composer and conductor Tan Dun. The concert featured the Melbourne premiere of Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, Dun’s thirteen-movement work […]

SSO appoints Assistant Conductor

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has appointed 26-year old Australian Toby Thatcher to the highly coveted position of SSO Assistant Conductor.  Toby was one of five hand-picked international and Australian candidates who auditioned for the role before a panel including the SSO’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson. “Toby showed us he is ready to […]

Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti performs with the MSO’s Pizzicato Effect students

The young musicians in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Pizzicato Effect program were recently given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work and perform alongside one of the UK’s most successful classical artists, violinist Nicola Benedetti. In town in September to perform with the MSO and its Principal Guest Conductor, Diego Matheuz, Benedetti took time out of her […]

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra premieres Our Don

Composed by South Australian Natalie Williams and commissioned by the South Australian Government, the five-movement work chronicles the public and private aspects of Sir Donald’s life, and is interwoven with stunning archival video, photographs and words by Bradman biographer Peter Allen. The premiere was conducted by South Australian Luke Dollman and featured a guest appearance […]

WASO performs for Anzac Albany commemorations

The eyes of the nation were on Albany, Western Australia for four days of Anzac commemoration events from 30 October. As part of the commemorations, members of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra shared the stage with three of Australia’s favourite musical acts for a special community concert on Saturday 1 November. Joining the orchestra on […]

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Synaesthesia+

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, TSO Chorus and a whole host of solo artists took up residence in Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) over the weekend of 16-17 August for Synaesthesia+, a riot of music, colour and movement. Curated by Simon Rogers and Brian Ritchie, Synaesthesia+ presented the world premiere of Matthew Hindson’s […]

‘Come and Be Yourself’ with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra performed a concert designed for people of all ages with physical and intellectual disability in October, allowing the Orchestra to engage with a new audience. Cairnsfoot School teacher Gary Page, who attended the concert with his students, said it felt like the event was tailored specifically for the needs of his […]

QSO farewells Maestro Johannes Fritzsch

As the Queensland Symphony Orchestra continues to reach important milestones in audience growth and orchestral acclaim, the company is preparing to farewell Maestro Johannes Fritzsch after seven years of musical leadership as Chief Conductor. Maestro Fritzsch is set to shine in the QSO limelight in the Fritzsch Grand Finale concert on Saturday 29 November — […]

SSO and NZSO mark 2015 Anzac centenary with simultaneous world premieres

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are joining forces to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings with simultaneous concerts in 2015 featuring two world premieres by Australian and New Zealand composers. The SSO has commissioned Perth composer James Ledger to write a piece for choir and orchestra titled War Music, featuring […]

QSO leader to speak at Taipei Orchestra Management Conference

Queensland Symphony Orchestra CEO, Sophie Galaise has been invited by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government to be Principal Speaker for the Taipei Orchestra Management Conference – an international Asian conference with 200 Orchestra Managers and CEOs participating. It is a three day event beginning Monday 14 July until Wednesday 16 July. Sophie […]

Sydney Symphony Orchestra 2014 China Tour

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, […]