Saturday 4 April


Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The Sydney Youth Orchestra

Guest Conductor, Toby Thatcher

ILLEAN Land’s End 

BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique


SYO Philharmonic

Conductor, Brian Buggy OAM

Dvořák – Carnival Overture Op. 92


Fresh from conducting the Australian Bushfire Benefit concert in London, rising international podium star, Toby Thatcher returns home from his UK base to conduct a program of orchestral masterworks composed over 200 years apart.   What a phenomenal contrast.

Inspired by the graphite-rendered seascapes of modern artist Vija Celmins, Australian composer Lisa Illean’s Land’s End is a Zen-like experience of stillness and rarefied sound that will send the young SYO players into the frontline of contemporary music. 

The main work is this trailblazing concert is from the French musical Romanticism and a riot of musical psychedelia: the 26-year-old Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique of 1830, a ‘fantastic’ trip inspired by unrequited love into a dream-world of obsession and nightmares. Witches, the glitter of Parisian salons, and the fatal blow of the guillotine are evoked in a work that is one of the most viscerally exciting of symphonies, requiring all the harps, bells and timpani we can find! 

The concert begins with the Sydney Youth Orchestra Philharmonic and conductor Brian Buggy OAM in the less diabolic but equally exuberant Carnival Overture by Antonin Dvořák.


Additional Information:

Join us at 6:00pm to discover the history and story behind the music prior to the concert with a free pre-concert talk. The SYO Pre Concert talks are presented in partnership with Limelight Magazine, Australia’s leading Classical Music and Arts Magazine.

Young children are welcome at Sydney Youth Orchestra concerts. For all performances, children two years of age or older must have a ticket (even if the accompanying adult intends to sit the child on his/her knees).

This concert is General Admission.

Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.

Please bring your ticket to display at the door and gain entry to the venue.



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