This section is not intended to be a complete chronology of the orchestra’s activities since it was formed in 1988. Information is included to give some idea of the range of activities in which we have engaged.
The information below includes:
Our Performances in 2007
OUR PERFORMANCES IN 2007 (a typical year)
March 18: Parramatta Riverside Theatre, “Sounds Hungarian” Berlioz-March from “Faust”, Liszt “Le Preludes”, Kodaly “Hari Janos” soloist Lucy Voronov (cimbalom), Brahms Concerto for Violin (finale), soloist Anya Muston
April 1: Hunter Bailie Presbyterian Church, Annandale (corner Johnson & Collins Sts) "Family Classics" Mozart, Overture from Marriage of Figaro, Andante for Flute, Beethoven Symphony #1, Schubert Symphony #3, Glazunov Song of the Minstrel, Conductors Matthew Krel and Simon Thew, soloists Danielle Sterling & Mathisha Panagoda.
May 27: Sydney Opera House -“A Celebration of Handel” a very successful performance featuring the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra, distinguished soloists and over 400 choristers, this event raise over $100,000 for SAVE THE CHILDREN Australia
July 2: Sydney Town Hall “Vienna Pops” Strauss, Zuppe.
August 5: Macquarie University .Tchaikovsky Symphony #4, Verdi “La Forza del Destino” & Soloists of SBS YO.
August 11: 7pm Conservatorium of Music – Joint performance with Macau Symphony Youth Orchestra
August 26: Sydney Opera House – 30 Years of Opera Highlights
Sunday September 23: 3pm, Parramatta Riverside Theatre, “Mostly French”, Debussy” Afternoon of a Fawn”, Faure “Pavane”, Saint- Saens “Romance for Horn” Soloist Alex Love, Tchaikovsky “Francesca da Rimini”.
December 2: 2.30pm, Hunters Hill Music Club, Wagner, Prelude to "Lohengrin", Tristan and Isolde Liebestod; Saint-Saens "Concert piece for French Horn" - soloist Alex Love; Ravel “Alborada dål gracioso”; Debussy “Afternoon of a Faun”; Tchaikovsky “Francesca da Rimini”; Faure "Pavane".
December 13 & 16: Sydney Town Hall, Messiah
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Unless otherwise indicated, all performances shown below were conducted by our Founding Conductor, Mr Matthew Krel.
At the SBS Television studio, on 26 February 2005, in only four hours we managed to record both audio and vision for 6 short pieces for broadcast on SBS Television and Radio from Christmas 2005.
Jenolan Caves in 2005 was an excellent experience as usual (except perhaps for the occasional drips of calcium carbonate onto strings from the stalactites!) On Saturday the 5th of March the Orchestra performed in the caves' Grand Arch for two special fundraising concerts, the proceeds of which went towards hospital and other urgent facilities being built in one of the Sri Lankan towns worst-hit by the December 26 tsunami. The concerts were organised by Archer Field of Caves House where the orchestra stayed, whilst Jenolan Caves Reserve Trust provided the additional logistical support. Segments from the concert were broadcast on SBS at Christmas time, 2005.
The Orchestra's tour of Karlovy Vary, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna was a great success, with Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphoses and Schoenberg's arrangement of Brahms' Piano Quartet in G minor for orchestra featuring as the main works.
The orchestra did many television performances in 2005, including the aforementioned caves concert and studio recording, plus the Great Hall of Sydney University (1812 Overture and Lieutenant Kitje), Sydney Conservatorium (Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto), and Sydney Town Hall (from Morrison to Mozart - below).
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In most years since 1993, the Orchestra has toured abroad. Early tours were to New Zealand, Tonga, Taiwan, New Caledonia, Malta and western Europe. In 1999 it had engagements in Beijing, China. Other tours included Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn & Tartu, Estonia; St.Petersburg & Moscow, Russia. In July 2000 it performed in Shizuoka, Japan; in 2001 in Spain; and in 2002, in both France and Italy. In 2004 it toured Russia for a second time, and in 2006 travelled to Macau and Hong Kong.
In September 2008 the Orchestra toured Germany and the Czech Republic and visited Munich, Bayreuth, Weimar, Dresden, Carlsbad and Prague. Selected members took part in the 10 day tour, each member paying a fee of $4,000 to allow the orchestra to recover its costs. A former member and concert master of the Orchestra, Geoff Hayes, operates a tour organisation business. He was engaged to organise a part of this tour and he also designed a touring package in 2010 featuring visits to Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria.
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