November Newsletter 2018

Hi, my name is Sergio, and I am the Principal Viola in The Sydney Youth Orchestra. The SYO are very busy rehearsing for Celebrating Strauss: Richard Gill AO, A Celebration Of Life, of our final concert for 2018, where we will be joined by leading sopranos Cheryl Barker AO, Emma Pearson and Caroline Meng, conducted by Alexander Briger AO. Things are sounding great already and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday 8 December at Verbrugghen Hall.

Sydney Youth Orchestras will be dedicating this concert to the late Richard Gill. Richard holds not only a special place in the hearts of many SYO musicians’ and conductors but also profoundly impacted SYO as an organisation through his contribution as Artistic Director, Chief Conductor and as a guest conductor on numerous occasions over the past 25 years. The loss of such an exceptional and passionate music educator will be immense but his legacy will live on through the young musicians he affected.

SYO Out & About

On Sunday 4 November Symphonic Wind Orchestra performed at Centennial Park for Classics In The Park. We will be returning to Centennial Park on Sunday 18 November for Don’t Stop The Music when our Peter Seymour Orchestra headlines the ABC’s Family Fun Day. Entry is FREE. Find out more at on the ABC website.

Coming Up At SYO

15 – 18 NOVEMBER

Western Sydney Youth Orchestra are heading to our SYO State South East Hub to perform at Four Winds Youth Music Festival in Bermagui from November 16 – 18. The tour will also include a performance in Shoalhaven, Pambula and Bodalla, and workshops with local musicians. Register to join the workshops HERE.


We have a number of fantastic concerts still to be staged in 2018. On Saturday 1 December, the Peter Seymour Orchestra will present Classical Discovery at Santa Sabina College, Chapel Strathfield. Discover the world behind Mozart and Beethoven as John Ockwell pulls apart the music, its time and the composers vision. BOOK NOW.


On Sunday 2 December, hear SYO Philharmonic tackle the extroverted and wild Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 under the expert guidance of conductor Brian Buggy OAM at Balmain Town Hall. BOOK NOW.


Registrations for SYO 2019 Summer School are open until Friday 7 December. In 2019 we will be again running our Summer School program for musicians aged 6 – 18, and our HSC Prep Program for students taking, or intending to take, HSC Music 2.  Summer School will be held at Santa Sabina College Strathfield and The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. We are also offering scholarships and boarding for musicians who live more than 150km away from Sydney. Apply via the SYO website.  REGISTER NOW.

And on the following Saturday, 8 December is our Summer Showcase, where musicians will perform music learned in term 4 in Verbrugghen Hall.

Richard Gill’s death, whenever it happened, was always going to be considered ‘premature’ because he maintained that youthfulness in the forty years since he took to the podium as Sydney Youth Orchestras’ chief conductor. But now it has happened, leaving all of us grateful for any contact we may have had with his knowledge, his energy, and his relentless mission to convince the world (or at least the nearest government) of music’s uniquely transformative power.

We celebrate Richard’s Gill’s life with the music of Richard Strauss. He’s the firebrand composer who revolutionised the technical and expressive possibilities of the orchestra before the end of the 19th century in his tone-poems. Enamoured with the female voice, Der Rosenkavalier is famed for the beautiful music of the three female protagonists, leaving early-20th-century audiences in awe of the exquisite duet and trios within the opera. And at the end of his life, his beloved Germany in ruins after the second world war, he wrote some of the most devastatingly moving music ever composed, most especially the Four Last Songs.

The main round of auditions for Sydney Youth Orchestras 2019 program are just about completed. If you know someone who hasn’t applied yet, there is still time to submit a late application. Orchestra offers will be emailed to all auditionees by Friday 14 December.

Musician Card Offers


Sydney Youth Orchestras  | Celebrating Strauss: Richard Gill AO, A Celebration Of Life

SYO Musicians can use their musician ID to redeem a $15 ticket to Celebrating Strauss: Richard Gill AO, A Celebration Of Life. If you are performing, or personally can’t attend the event, you’re welcome to pass the ticket onto someone else!







From Our Friends



Australian Youth Orchestra | Leaving The Western Shadows

As he reaches the end of an action-packed twelve months, Lior takes a moment to reflect upon the year gone by with a one-off collaborative concert alongside Momentum Ensemble, conducted by Nigel Westlake. Leaving the Western Shadows is Lior’s personally-curated collection of songs, featuring orchestral arrangements of his most celebrated music. 







Pinchgut  | Artaserse

A triumph of casting and repertoire, Pinchgut Opera is proud to present four-time Grammy Award-nominated queen of opera Vivica Genaux in Hasse’s Artaserse, revived under the sure hand of Artistic Director Erin Helyard.Hasse’s Artaserse at City Recital Hall from 29 November – 5 December.






Opera Bites | Opera Banquet

Friday 16th November at 7.00 pm: “Opera Banquet” The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney 2000 Tickets $150 + booking fee (includes entertainment and 3-course meal with matching wines)

10% Discount off Standard Tix Available to SYO Supporters – enter the promotional code “SYO” at checkout. Details and bookings HERE





Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Day 

If you’re thinking of studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2019, be quick as registrations for late round auditions close on Sunday 11 November. Whether you’re interested in classical, jazz, contemporary or digital music, studying with the Con will give you access to some of music’s leading thinkers, performers and composers.