Since 1973, the Sydney Youth Orchestra (SYO) has provided an international standard of orchestral training to thousands of young musicians.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary the SYO are touring and will be performing at The Roxy, Bingara on Saturday 31st August from 4pm.
If you are new to orchestral music, or if you’re wanting to explore it with a little less pomp and ceremony than in that big hall with the fancy sails, seeing the Sydney Youth Orchestra is a good way to do it. The group, many of whose members seem impossibly young for the big sounds they make, were warm and excited, and it was an atmosphere that also let their audience be a bit less formal too.
The afternoon’s repertoire will include works by Verdi, Rossini, Dvorak and Vivaldi and selections from Phantom of the Opera and the theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark. A highlight will be Tid-Bits for Toddlers which allows the musicians to share the experience of music with young children and their parents.
The SYO Philharmonic is the organisation’s second most senior ensemble, a full symphony orchestra led by acclaimed Australian conductor, composer and educator, Brian Buggy OAM.
In the Philharmonic, musicians learn orchestral technique and ensemble skills with great works of the 19th and 20th century.
The SYO Philharmonic is a full-scale symphony orchestra of over 80 young musicians, comprised of 54 strings, plus harp, double woodwind, full brass, horns and percussion.
“The SYO Philharmonic’s concert at the Mungindi Music Festival was the best performance I have ever seen by a group of people that age.” Don Burrows, AO MBE
SYO alumni have leading careers as performers, conductors and composers both in Australia and overseas. Notable SYO alumni include Richard Tognetti (ACO), David Pereira (cellist), Matt McDonald (Berlin Philharmonic), Jane Rutter (flautist), Guy Noble (conductor) and Katarina Kroslakova (music journalist).
If you are student and play an instrument you are invited to stay on after the concert, have dinner with the performers and participate in a workshop with the SYO.
For more details or to book please contact the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on 6724 0066. Tickets are $10 (under 10 years of age are free). Dinner is $12 for participating workshop students.