Everyone here in the SYO office have been busy preparing for our European Tour this month. 86 of Sydney Youth Orchestras’ most talented young musicians from the greater Sydney region, plus a group of excited staff members, have embarked on a landmark music education tour, successfully arriving in Vienna over the weekend. The Sydney Youth Orchestra’s European tour will visit the musically significant and magnificent cities of Vienna, Budapest, Salzburg, Prague and Berlin. While the tour will give students the opportunity to perform in world-renowned venues, more importantly, the tour will give these young musicians the opportunity to work and develop connections with the world’s leading classical musicians and attend performances by world-class orchestras.
While some of the SYO family has been focused on getting 86 musicians, 5 staff members, and 81 instruments over to Europe, our other 12 ensembles have been involved in a range of other exciting activities.
On March 19, SYO’s Peter Seymour Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs came together in a concert at The Independent Theatre to remember Peter Seymour (1932–1987) who founded Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in 1968 and SYO in 1973. Special thank you to Sydney Grammar School, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and our own archivist Gail Pryor for helping us prepare for this concert.
Also in March The Hon Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Western Sydney officially launched Western Sydney Youth Orchestra. We were proud to share this event with Ms Amanda Chadwick, Administrator, City of Parramatta Council; Mr David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber; Mr Steve Hawkins, Fort Street Advisers; and Luke Foley MP, NSW Opposition Leader and minister for Auburn; as well as WSYO parents. WSYO is already proving to be of huge benefit to young people seeking high level training and education in the arts right where they live in Western Sydney. You can watch our live stream of the event HERE.
To round out the month of March, we had a huge weekend of music making, with both the Autumn Strings Showcase held at St Mary’s Cathedral College and the Autumn Orchestral Showcase held at Riverside Theatres. Audiences enjoyed a huge range of music that our ensembles have been working on this term.
Intrepid Voyagers, the first concert from The Sydney Youth Orchestra for 2017, marked the beginning of an exciting month for SYO’s flagship ensemble. The concert featured the premier of a new work by Australian composer George Palmer, Dvorak’s Symphonic Variations and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, conducted by Alex Briger.
Coming up at SYO
May 6 – 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, Meet The Orchestra Mosman Art Gallery
May 13 – SYO will perform at Riverside Theatres with Venezuaelen ensemble, the Simon Bolivar Quartet