October Newsletter 2018

Hi, my name is Kate and I am Principal Harp of The Sydney Youth Orchestra. We hope you enjoyed your school holidays. Rehearsals for Term 4 recommence on Saturday 20 October. We look forward to seeing you there! You can always see an up-to-date orchestra schedule on the SYO website.

SYO Out & About


On Sunday 7 October Western Sydney Youth Orchestra performed at Narutu: Assyrian Folk Music Concert presented by The Assyrian Church of the East’s Youth Association Sydney (ACEYA) and Relief Organisation (ACERO Australia) at EVAN Theatre, Penrith. The evening featured iconic Assyrian folk music by William Daniel, Alexander (Shoora) Michailian, and many others, brought back to life by our Nārūtu Choral Ensemble and conducted by Mesopotamian Night’s John Kendall Bailey – for the very first time in Sydney, Australia. Find our more on the SBS website. See some great footage from the night here.


A huge thank you to everyone who came out to support us on Sydney’s streets and to those who donated to The Big Busk. This is the first time we have run The Big Busk and we look forward to it becoming bigger and better over the next 5 years leading up to SYO’s 50th birthday! There is still time to donate to help SYO purchase instruments, musical scores and find a home via syo.com.au/thebigbusk. Every dollar donated will be matched by Creative Partnerships Australia as part of their Plus1 program. You can read more about the day here.


Coming Up at SYO


Auditions for 2019 have begun and continue until Sunday 4 November with late auditions being held on November 24th and 25th. If you missed the auditions deadline there is still time to submit a late audition application via here.


Looking for a fun day out for all the family? Come to our anticipated spring concert: Classics in the Park! Centennial Parklands and Sydney Youth Orchestras have teamed up to present a concert for all ages in our beautiful Belvedere Amphitheatre. BOOK NOW



Centennial Park joins forces with the ABC, Musica Viva, The Sydney Youth Orchestra and the Salvation Army to show just how exciting making music can be.  The ABC’s new TV series Don’t Stop The Music  promotes the transformative powers of music. We will have fun-packed concerts and musical workshops with ABC personalities. The Salvation Army will be collecting second-hand instruments to help get them to schools and students in need. MORE INFORMATION


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. There is no audition for SYO Summer School but advanced students will have the opportunity to audition to join our senior Summer School orchestra, conducted by the incredible Max McBride. REGISTER NOW.

Musician Card Offers

Sarah Grunstein |Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Internationally acclaimed pianist, Sarah Grunstein, is returning for 2 performances at the Sydney Opera House. The New York Times wrote of Grunstein’s performance, ““Beethoven’s Sonata in D was delivered with a directness that only heightened the tragedy that propels the central Largo; the surrounding three movements danced with appropriate grace…”

The second and final concert on Monday October 29 from 7.30pm-9.30pm will feature Grunstein playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations, with her recent performance of the work being praised as the “shining light” among the Bach pianists of this generation.

Email [email protected] with your details by  Friday 19 October with your details for your chance to win tickets!




ATYP |Charlie Pilgrim

Win ticket’s to ATYP’s Charlie Pilgrim (Or a Beginner’s Guide to Time Travel). 

Have you ever wanted to change the past? Charlie Pilgrim has…Charlie Pilgrim has. And with the prototype of her time machine – The Mobius – ready for a test run, she was hoping to get her chance.Charlie Pilgrim is the winner of the 2017 ATYP Foundation Commission, creating a canon of work for young actors aged between 10 and 13 to perform. See this brand new Australian work before it goes on to be performed by schools and youth theatres around the country!

To win a double pass for the performance on 22nd November at 7pm, email [email protected] with the subject line SYO Charlie. 




Sydney International Piano Competition Russian Double Bill

Like the perfect pairing of fine wine with a sumptuous degustation menu so is this very special concert combining two extraordinarily talented young Russian pianists – the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition first and second prize winners Andrey Gugnin and Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev. With a program featuring Mozart, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and more, don’t miss these astonishing masters of the piano.

Book for Sydney – Saturday 10 November 7.30pm, Verbrugghen Hall

Book for Melbourne – Sunday 11 November 3pm, Yamaha Premium Piano Centre, Sth Melbourne

Book now for a 15% discount on A Reserve seats by using the code SYO.




Sydney Dance Company |Forever & Ever

This captivating double bill features the return of Rafael Bonachela‘s multi award-winning Frame of Mind and the brand new work Forever & Ever choreographed by Antony Hamilton.

Witness the hypnotic pulse of machine-influenced movement in Forever & Ever, with music by The Presets’ Julian Hamilton

Frame of Mind also features a dramatic soundtrack by The Nationals’ Bryce Dessner, performed LIVE on stage for the first time by the Australian String Quartet.

Under 30s enjoy $30 tickets for Tue – Thu & Sat matinee performances with valid ID.



From Our Friends

Orava Quartet |Czech Fantasy

String quartet sensation and SYO alumni Orava Quartet bring their youthful passion and unbridled intensity back to Sydney for one memorable performance. 

Branded “the real deal” by The Australian and “one of the most exciting string quartets in the world” by Australian Stage, Orava Quartet brings their unique sound to the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room in a performance entitled ‘Czech Fantasy’ which comprises works by Haydn, Schulhoff and Debussy.

The quartet, founded in 2007 by Daniel Kowalik (violin), Karol Kowalik (cello), Thomas Chawner (viola) and David Dalseno (violin), have taken the world by storm.

Only $25+bf for students!




Mosman Concert Series| Symphonic Wind Orchestra

Blessed Sacrament Church, Mosman

Sunday 28 October 2018, 2:30pm

Say that you are an SYO member to receive $20 adult tickets, or two for $35 at the door. Children are always free.