August Newsletter 2018


Welcome to August at Sydney Youth Orchestras. Introducing Daniel Placido, Executive Administrator at Sydney Youth Orchestras.

SYO Out & About

Wednesday 18 July

In July WSYO played two sold-out performances at Casula Powerhouse’s Way Out West Children’s Festival.The WOW Festival believes that the arts should be FOR children as well as BY children. This year at the WOW Festival, children and young people take over the art centre as they share their stories and ideas about the world they live in. #wowcasula2018

WSYO will be performing more Meet The Orchestra concerts at Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub and Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan on Saturday 1 September. Get your tickets before they sell out!

Welcome to Christopher Lawrence

The SYO Board of Directors is delighted to appoint Christopher Lawrence to the new role of SYO Chief Artistic Advisor to work alongside Chief Conductor, Alexander Briger AO, and General Manager, Mia Patoulios to further develop the artistic offering to our players and audiences. We are thrilled to welcome him to team.

Coming Up at SYO

Wednesday 1 August

2019 Audition Applications opened on Wednesday 1 August. We have had a huge number of applications already. The earlier you apply, the longer you have to prepare your excerpts. Current SYO members should access their applications via the personalised email sent 1 August to ensure you redeem the special member $10 discount. If you have any questions, please check out our Audition FAQs and Key Dates pages.

Saturday 11 August

Tickets are now on sale to The Sydney Youth Orchestra’s performance of Bruckner Symphony No. 8 on Saturday 11 August at Verbrugghen Hall. Bruckner 8 is considered by many to be Bruckner’s crowning achievement, so book your ticket to experience  this grand masterpiece of the orchestral repertoire now. Don’t forget, SYO Musicians can use their Musician ID to redeem a $15 ticket.

Sunday 19 August

John Ockwell and the Peter Seymour Orchestra have more Meet The Orchestra concerts coming up at Leichhardt Town Hall on Sunday 19 August. After sold-out concerts in Mosman earlier this year, book early to avoid disappointment.

Sunday 26 August

In preparation for their concert series with Sydney City Youth Ballet in September, SYO Philharmonic are presenting a concert for Mosman Concert Series at Blessed Sacrament Church on Sunday 26 August. Tickets are available at the door and there is a discount for SYO family members.


Happy Practising!

Musician Card Specials 

Selby & Friends – “Tormented Souls”
19 August | Turramurra 
23 August | City Recital Hall
Hear Selby & Friends perform Beethoven and Schumann piano trios, and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time! Violinist Natalie Chee, cellist Julian Smiles and clarinettist Lloyd Van’t Hoff join Kathryn Selby on 19th August in Turramurra and 23rd August at City Recital Hall. Book here.
Student pricing; 12-and-under free with adult.



MET Concert 4 – Fever
8pm Sat 25th August | Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre
On August 25th, The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO), led by Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Sarah-Grace Williams, will perform their much anticipated 2018 All-Russian program. Titled Fever, this TMO tradition dedicated to the composers of Russia will feature renowned pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska as soloist for Shostakovich’s cheerful Piano Concerto no 2.  The feverish evening of Eastern European music also includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s lively Capriccio Espagnol and Rachmaninoff’s exuberant Symphonic Dances.  Book here.

To go into the draw to win a double pass to this concert valued at $108.00, send an email to [email protected] with SYO Fever as the title and your full name in the body of the email. The winner will be notified via email directly.


Eight Grands
7.30pm Saturday 18 August | Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
The Joan’s Concert Hall stage will be filled with not one, not two, not three… but Eight Grand Pianos! In this thrilling concert we bring you this visual and audible spectacle of eight grand pianos together on stage with some of Australia’s most brilliant musicians at the helm. Book here.
To win a double pass to Eight Grands email your particulars to [email protected]



From Our Friends

AMEB (NSW) Centenary Concert
Friday 10 August 2018 | City Recital Hall
What do you get when you gather more than 50 talented AMEB examiners and alumni? A celebratory concert program jam-packed with awe-inspiring musical performances, the likes of which won’t be seen for another hundred years! George Ellis will be conductor/Music Director and ABC radio personality Simone Whetton will compere this unique event. Buy Tickets





Fine Music 102.5 Stefan Kruger Scholarship
Applications are closing soon for the Fine Music 102.5 Stefan Kruger Scholarship! Valued at over $15,000, the scholarship recipient will receive $10,000 cash and access to marketing, recording and broadcasting services worth $5,000.
Apply today if you are a young musician aged between 21-30. Visit for more information.




Genext Goes West
5-8pm, Saturday, 25 August | Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
GENEXT GOES WEST is a free, all-access, festival-style event that is strictly for young people aged 12–18 years, programmed by young people, for young people. On 25 August CPAC Youth are partnering with the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Youth Committee to present an evening full of all the things you love most about GENEXT, the MCA’s flagship event for young people – live music, artist-run workshops, social activities and delicious snacks – in a celebration of the best of the west. Find out more.




Open Day at the Con
9am-4pm . Saturday 25 August | Sydney Conservatorium Of Music
Thinking about turning your passion into a professional career? Join the Sydney Conservatorium of Music staff and students on Open Day for advice about your study options, from classical to jazz, and contemporary to digital music, plus composition, conducting, and musicology. Free performances throughout the day. Find Out More