Peter Seymour Orchestra
With a focus on classical and early romantic repertoire, PSO is an ideal training ground for aspiring orchestral musicians. This year, the Peter Seymour Orchestra will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform repertoire by some of the greatest artists of the Classical canon, including composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn.
The Peter Seymour Orchestra accepts applications from all strings, wind and french horn players, aged 12 years and over, approximately AMEB Grade 7 minimum standard or equivalent
REPERTOIRE FOR 2018
MOZART Marriage of Figaro Overture
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 4 "Tragic"
HAYDN Symphony No. 99 in Eb Major
HAYDN Symphony No. 101 "Clock"
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
The Peter Seymour Orchestra presents a number of public performances each year, including the wonderful Meet the Orchestra concerts which allow musicians to share the experience of music with young children and their families.
1. Heart for HUSH, performed in the HUSH foundation’s annual fundraiser in City Recital Hall, Angel Place; with soloist Konstantin Shamray.
2. Main participating Orchestra in our annual Meet the Orchestra Concert Series, with 2018 performances at Mosman Art Gallery and Leichhardt Town Hall
3. Classical Discovery, PSO’s annual concert in Balmain Town Hall, showcasing repertoire learnt throughout 2018.
PETER SEYMOUR ORCHESTRA [SYDNEY YOUTH ORCHESTRA] @syorchestras rehearsal/soundcheck] HEART FOR HUSH fundraiser for HUSH FOUNDATION @hushfoundation Monday 21 May 2018 . . . #heartforhush #hushfoundation #cityrecitalhall #angelplace #sydney #Australia #hospitals #doctors #patience #families #operatingtheatres #therapy #hushfoundation #recordings #performance #singing #choirs #conducting #fundraising #composers #albums #music #strings #violins #sydneyyouthorchestra #event #eventphotography #photographer #dvp . . . BLOG EXCERPT [THE NOTES & THE SPACE BETWEEN] Music in many ways, is very much a reflection, of how we live life it. Sometimes there is a time, to do something and times not too, it’s the same in music, where notes are chosen, along with the space between them [How long each note is played, the transition between them is again like life......]. Watching musicians rehearse, learning, refining how the notes are to be played, the space between, individually and collectively, is always a joy to witness.
Musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra tutor each section of the orchestra on a regular basis, an association which allows members exposure to the professional music industry. SYO also offers a number of masterclasses with local and international guest artists.
2018 Central West Tour as part of the annual SYO State program.
2017 Central West Tour as part of the annual SYO State program.
2016 Central West Tour as part of the annual SYO State program.
The Peter Seymour Orchestra is named after an extraordinary musical educator who, in partnership with the NSW Committee of the National Music Camp Association, founded Sydney Youth Orchestras in 1973.Two orchestras were formed that year – the Senior Orchestra and the Junior Orchestra. Peter remained as Music Director of SYO until 1977 when he left to focus on his numerous other musical endeavours, including the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs of which he was the founder and Musical Director from 1968-1987, and the National Music Camp Association (now the Australian Youth Orchestra) of which he was Director from 1973-1981 and 1985-1987. In late 1986 Peter was invited to return to SYO as Artistic Director, by which time SYO had grown to include eight ensembles, including three symphony orchestras. By early 1987 Peter’s plans included a combined SYO / SPC at Sydney Opera House to be conducted by him in July that year. Tragically Peter passed away in March 1987 following a short illness, and so the concert became a tribute to this great man conducted by the late Stuart Challender. Fittingly in 1988, the youngest of SYO’s senior symphony orchestras was re-named the Peter Seymour Orchestra to honour this wonderful man who worked so tirelessly throughout his life to bring music to everyone.