WAAPA and PSO sign MOU as Performance Partners

WAAPA Graduate Sophie Foster performs on stage with PSO Big Band at Music @ Murdoch, February 2016

(Above: WAAPA Graduate, Sophie Foster, on stage with PSO Big Band and Strings and The Dance Collective at Music @ Murdoch 2016)

Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is delighted to welcome WAAPA as a Performance Partner of the orchestra. The announcement follows the signing of an MOU with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at ECU, marking the start of a strategic partnership that promises to bring significant benefits to both organisations.

In the five years since Perth Symphony Orchestra’s inception, numerous alumni from WAAPA have been engaged by PSO and their talent showcased to a wider audience. PSO’s Executive Director, Bourby Webster, and Chief Conductor, Jessica Gethin, are both currently engaged by WAAPA as teaching staff, offering courses in Business Skills for Musicians and Conducting respectively. Jessica is also a graduate of WAAPA.

“We have a core value of showcasing outstanding WA talent, and many of our orchestra members are WAAPA alumni,” said Webster. “We engage a range of talent from across all genres and WAAPA has a track record of producing leading musicians across classical, jazz and contemporary music streams. Closer collaboration with WAAPA aligns perfectly with our desire to deliver outstanding orchestral concerts that are exciting, diverse and draw on emerging talent as well as WA’s leading professional musicians.”

As well as working with both alumni and current teaching staff, PSO is keen to offer students unique opportunities such as performing orchestral works by student composers or inviting students to perform as a soloist with PSO.

The MOU, which commenced on the 1st December 2016, is initially for a three-year term. The agreement outlines a commitment by both organisations to explore collaborations across all activities; offer outstanding current students opportunities to perform at a professional level; championing each other as leading performance organisations in WA; sharing each other’s events and productions; and exploring ways to innovate, create and promote excellence in music.

Director of WAAPA, Professor Julie Warn, welcomes this new partnership.

“This memorandum of understanding is very exciting for us – it opens up further performance opportunities to our music students as well as exposing them to some of WA’s best professional players.”


PSO welcomes exciting new Sustainability Partners

L-R Tim Roberts, Bourby Webster, Nicola Forrest

PSO is incredibly excited to announce the Minderoo Foundation and Tim Roberts Giving are Perth Symphony Orchestra’s new Sustainability Partners, in a relationship that commenced on December 1st, 2016.

“The support provided by these two Foundations is a significant step in the orchestra’s journey,” said Bourby Webster, Executive Director of Perth Symphony Orchestra.

PSO Board Member, businessman and philanthropist, Tim Roberts, along with high profile philanthropists, Andrew and Nicola Forrest, are supporting the orchestra with a contribution of $100,000 a year for two years, with part proceeds going towards the orchestra’s core operating costs and part going to the Orchestra’s Fund that is being held as a reserve to ensure the Orchestra’s long term future.

Tim Roberts stated “I have admired the vision of Perth Symphony Orchestra to ensure ‘Music for Everyone’ since meeting Bourby and hearing the musicians perform. Assisting the orchestra at this critical time in the orchestra’s journey is essential and I am delighted to be able to contribute in partnership with Nicola and Andrew, and am proud of what the orchestra has so far achieved, and excited in regards to the future.”

“Thanks to the generous support of Andrew and Nicola Forrest and Tim Roberts in contributing towards the orchestra’s operating costs, Perth Symphony Orchestra has a chance to re-invest funds previously used for administration into growing the orchestra,” said Webster. “We now have the chance to increase the level of activity to a critical point where we can be more self-sustaining. This contribution is helping us help ourselves.”

Minderoo Foundation has long been committed to helping organisations and causes become sustainable in the long term through their philosophy of giving a helping hand-up, rather than a hand-out.

“We are delighted to support a young cultural organisation that is committed to showcasing outstanding WA talent,” said Minderoo Foundation CEO, Nicola Forrest.

“The Perth Symphony’s mission of ‘music for everyone’ aligns with Minderoo’s goal to nurture new talent and ensure greater access to the arts across the community. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for PSO,” she said.

To learn more about the remarkable work of the Minderoo Foundation, visit their website.


Perth Symphony Orchestra re-signs The West Australian

wan_stacked_cmykPerth Symphony’s Exclusive Media Partner, The West Australian Newspaper, has offered PSO a partnership for a year, commencing December 1, 2016, effectively renewing the relationship between the orchestra and the State’s daily newspaper that commenced on July 1, 2015.

The West Australian provides contra advertising space to support the orchestra and our program of events and activities. This is in addition to supporting through editorial wherever possible, assisting PSO in sharing important news with a wide audience.

“As a media channel with significant reach, The West Australian is an important partner for the Orchestra,” said Bourby Webster, Executive Director of the PSO. “Whilst assisting us in with advertising, which we hope triggers more ticket sales, we are also aware that advertising through The West raises our profile and communicates who we are and what we do, both critical when building a new orchestra with a brand we wish to be synonymous with incredible orchestral music,” she said.

pso-27th-julyThe initial sponsorship term offered PSO the opportunity to run a brilliant campaign sharing stories about the orchestra and our members, that created interest and awareness.

“Look out for some of our concerts advertised through the paper, with the eye catching designs we have created by our brilliant creative agency, Anthologie,” said Webster. “We look forward to working with the team at The West for another year.”

Beethoven, Beer, Bratwurst (…& Björk) program announce


We are delighted to announce the program for the Perth Chamber Orchestra’s next instalment: Beethoven, Beer, Bratwurst (…& Björk!).  This program was thoughtfully put together by Co-Artistic Directors Jessica Gethin and Paul Wright, and Perth Symphony Director Bourby Webster.  We know you will enjoy this diverse program, with something sure to inspire and ignite everyone’s love of music.

Boccherini – Nights of Madrid
S Tinnion – Remembrance
Björk arr. J Yapp – Lionsong/Pneumonia (soloist: Helen Shanahan)
Beethoven –Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, Rondo (soloist: Paul Wright)


Beethoven – Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Perth Symphony has incorporated the works of two young, local composers in this program. Perth Chamber Orchestra will be performing the world premiere of ‘Remembrance‘ by 24-year-old Sean Tinnion. This beautiful work was written ‘for those mourning the loss of a loved one’ and features harp and choir.

This will be followed by an arrangement of two Björk songs, cleverly orchestrated by 24-year-old Jared Yapp, specifically for PCO and local songstress Helen Shanahan who’s Björk-esque voice will sure to be a show stopper.

“The opportunity to collaborate with talented local artists is central to the orchestra’s vision of embracing local culture, creating their own unique sound alongside works from the great masters.”
Jessica Gethin, Chief Conductor and Artist Director

For the Beethoven connoisseurs, the sounds of stellar concertmaster Paul Wright’s Adelaide 1751 Guadagnini violin (kindly on load from the Ngeringa Arts Foundation) will be displayed in the final movement from Beethoven’s Concerto, followed by the highlight of the concert; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D major.

There really is something for everyone in this program, true to Perth Symphony’s motto ‘music for everyone’. Tickets are still available, you won’t want to miss this fantastic concert.

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PSO on the road!


A Perth Symphony quartet has been on the road with tour manager Tav White visiting Kalbarri for Zest Festival and Perenjori for Blues for the Bush. The quartet, led by Margaret Blades, with Andrea Mendham, Katie McKay and Catherine Tabi have been having a blast enjoying the warmth of WA’s north, seeing the wildflowers along the way and performing for the locals.

Zest Festival saw them perform under the stars and magnificent Bluff’s Point, in a masquerade themed opening party.  The itinerary for Blues for the Bush includes a range of performances, workshops and collaborations with locals and other festival guests.

Follow us on instagram (@PerthSymphony) to see fun behind the scenes pictures and surprise moments with the quartet!

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Bach program announced

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As preparations are coming together ahead of the next in the Perth Chamber Orchestra’s candlelight ‘Heritage Series’ concerts, we are delighted to reveal the final program.

“While musical excellence in each piece is essential, the overall concert blend of repertoire takes each audience member on a journey. For this concert, we have chosen to feature some of Bach’s most famous works alongside contrasting repertoire that will compliment, highlight and intrigue. We are very excited about collaborating with legendary jazz saxophonist Jamie Oehlers, alongside the Bach greats of Brandenburgs and a movement from his famous Concerto for Two Violins.”
– Jessica Gethin, Co-Artistic Director

J.S. Bach: Toccata & Fugue
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg No. 4 Allegro
J.S. Bach: Concert for Two Violins BMW1043 Largo

J.S. Bach: Prelude for Cello in D minor
J.S. Bach: Ebarme
W.F. Bach: Sinfonia Adagio Allegro e forte

J.S. Bach: Air on a G String
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg No. 3 Allegro – Adagio – Allegro

“Audiences play a key part in our programming for each concert and I believe this concert will be extremely engaging for both experienced Bach lovers and our very welcome Bach newcomers.”
– Jessica Gethin, Co-Artistic Director

Comestibles have put together a delicious menu and together with Barton Jones Wines, we will trick your taste buds into believing you truly are in Bavaria!

General Admission tickets are still available, with premium reserve tickets sold out.  Book your tickets here.

Join us for our first exploration into the music of J.S. Bach, and expect a few Bach inspired surprises along the way.

Exclusive PSO offer: Georgy Girl – The Seekers Musical

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Hailed by The Sunday Telegraph as “absolutely amazing”, Georgy Girl is the new smash hit Australian musical now playing at Crown Theatre.

And to make sure you don’t miss out, we have secured special PSO subscribers prices –

A Reserve – $75*
B Reserve – $69.90*
C Reserve – $59.90

Good seats are still available but hurry, this offer is only available until midday Friday 15 July for select performances:

Friday 8 July – 7:30pm
Sunday 10 July (Opening Night) – 6pm
Tuesday 12 July – 7pm
Wednesday 13 July – 7:30pm
Thursday 14 July – 7:30pm
Friday 15 July – 7:30pm

Georgy Girl features a swinging sixties soundtrack as well as all The Seekers iconic hits including I’ll Never Find Another You, I Am Australian and of course Georgy Girl.

Don’t wait until The Carnival Is Over, book now at Ticketmaster http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/promo/q0hhi1



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CONCERT TEASER: Tickets on sale now for those who missed out on Bach by Candlelight Tickets!

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Our Bach by Candlelight concert on Wednesday 31st August 2016 has SOLD OUT.

However, those on our waitlist and anyone else who missed out, can purchase tickets to a Concert Teaser on Tuesday 30th August from 7.30pm at Scotch College, Swanbourne, Perth.

To find out more CLICK HERE!

Perth Chamber Orchestra plays Bach

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For the next candlelit concert as part of the Perth Chamber Orchestra’s unique ‘Heritage Series’, we head to the houses, courts and cathedrals of Germany to celebrate the works of the iconic master that is J.S. Bach in “Bach by Candlelight”.

Featuring works that showcase the remarkable spectrum of his genius, the PCO will perform works including a Brandenburg Concerto to a movement from his stunning cello suites.

Under the Artistic Direction of Concertmaster Paul Wright, and Chief Conductor, Jessica Gethin, we bring you a remarkable program of music by this critically acclaimed ensemble in the stunning surrounds of St George’s Cathedral, with more than a surprise or two to delight our audience.

The last three year’s ‘Vivaldi by Candlelight’ have been a sell-out, so we encourage patrons to book early to avoid disappointment.  More information available in the event page.

Tickets on sale in May. Join the Perth Symphony mailing list for an exclusive pre-booking period.

Vivaldi visits Armadale with Perth Chamber Orchestra

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Perth Chamber Orchestra brings highlights of its critically acclaimed concert ‘Vivaldi by Candlelight’ to the City of Armadale to close the inaugural Armadale Arts Festival. With the initiative and vision of Perth music industry veteran John Christmass, Perth Chamber Orchestra and the City of Armadale have worked together to bring this magical concert to St. Matthew’s Church, in the heart of the town.

John says he has been trying for more than 50 years to organise an event like this in Armadale. Perth Symphony has a close relationship with John and are delighted to bring his dream to life.

In a somewhat new format for Perth Symphony, there will be an opportunity for guests to attend an afternoon matinée recital or an evening concert. The evening concert includes an Italian dessert and wine, matched to the program in true PCO style.

The program includes highlights from three years of sell out ‘Vivaldi by Candlelight’ concerts, performed around the Perth metro area (Claremont and Perth CBD).  Movements from Vivaldi’s famous ‘The Four Seasons’ will feature solos from Concertmaster Paul Wright, between sublime pieces from Boccherini and Telemann to name a few.

Artist Director Jessica Gethin worked closely with Producer Bourby Webster and Concertmaster Paul Wright to pull together a program which shows the beauty and intricacy of the Baroque era, which is bound to equally delight those who are familiar with Baroque music, to those who will experience it for the first time.

This concert is made possible with the support from Presenting Partner – City of Armadale, Concert Partner – Season’s Funeral Homes, Event Partner – Millbrook Winery and Orchestra Partners AHG and SevenWest Media.

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