Steampunk Mozart: A Roaring Success!

Perth Chamber Orchestra’s Steampunk Mozart concert at Midland Railway Workshops was a roaring success, with rave reviews from patrons and critics alike.

Melanie Coram of The West Australian gave 4★’s and said:

“Between pieces conductor Gethin shared sweet stories of the workshops that infused the building with life and laughter from the past. Steampunk Mozart was as much a theatrical experience for all the senses as it was a classical music concert.” 

Read Melanie’s full review HERE.

Rosalind Appleby of Limelight Magazine also gave 4★’s and had this to say:

“It was an impressive night, full of creativity and multiple opportunities to connect. Another indication that if you dig below the surface in Perth’s classical music scene to the small-medium arts sector you will discover the future of classical music is in very good hands.” 

Read Rosalind’s full review HERE.

Lynn Grierson of The Midland Reporter was very complimentary:

“The inaugural Steampunk Mozart concert at the Midland Railway Workshops on Wednesday delivered on a promise the 18th century maestro would have been proud to witness.”

Read Lynn’s full review HERE.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to Series co-presenter MSWA, Series concert partner Hewshott International, and event partner Barton Jones Wines for helping us bring this concert to life. Valued support also comes from Academy Cafe and The Little Champagne Cart.

Steampunk Mozart – Program Announce

We are so excited to announce the program for the Perth Chamber Orchestra’s next concert in our 2017 Heritage series – ‘Steampunk Mozart’.


MENDELSSOHN – OCTET IN E-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 20 – Allegro moderato ma con fuoco

W.A. MOZART – CLARINET CONCERTO IN A MAJOR, K.622 – Adagio (Soloist: Catherine Cahill)

W.A. MOZART – DUO FOR VIOLIN AND VIOLA IN G MAJOR, K.423 – Allegro (Soloists: Teresa Vinci, Jared Yapp)





ARZENZIANO – STINKIN’ GARBAGE (a train inspired adaption feat. Perth Symphony Percussion Trio)



Ticket holders will be treated to a pre-concert talk between PSO Director and concert producer Bourby Webster and PCO Artistic Director Jessica Gethin while they make their way to Midland with a PCO first – ‘Music on the Move’. The pre-concert talk will be uploaded to YouTube and concert goers can listen in the car or on the train to get themselves in the ‘Steampunk Mozart’ vibe.

Conductor’s Circle – an incredible group of women to support Chief Conductor, Jessica Gethin

In December 2016, Bourby Webster (PSO Executive Director) formed the Jessica Gethin Conductor’s Circle. This was a vision to see the career of Perth Symphony’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, and good friend, soar.

Jessica is one of the most talented people Perth Symphony is honoured to have on their team, and one of PSO’s greatest assets. We strongly believe her career, nationally and internationally will fly with the right support.

As a mother, woman and Western Australian, she faces more barriers than most to launching her international career. Bourby had the vision to change this, with the support of other incredible women who want to see Jessica succeed.

“Jessica is a phenomenal world-class talent. I truly believe that when Jess reaches her full potential (and she is well on her way to doing so, in no small part due to the incredible support of the women who joined the Circle), the impact on other Western Australian women and girls hoping for a career on an international stage despite being based in Perth will be profound. She is a true role model on and off the stage, and I am incredibly proud of what she has already achieved. She so deserves the support she needs to go to the next level.”
Bourby Webster, June 2017

There are currently 22 women in the ‘Jessica Gethin Conductor’s Circle’, who have committed $1500 per year for two years to assist Jessica in some of the following activities:

  • Sourcing an Australian agent to increase booking potential with Australian orchestras – involves flights to Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Creation of professional promo material including video footage from a rehearsal (staged) and a concert
  • Meetings with head artistic programming personnel from the main target orchestras in Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Queensland Symphony
  • International business development trip to Japan and China, to include flights and accommodation to meet with Artistic Teams from the Tokyo Phil and others.

Jessica has achieved so much in her musical career so far, and the last few years especially have seen her grow exponentially. This year (August) she will be the touring Conductor with ‘The Legend of Zelda:Symphony of the Goddesses’, which is touring with a 57 piece orchestra and 24 piece choir, kicking off in Perth later this year featuring Perth Symphony Orchestra.

“I am extremely honoured and overwhelmed by the generosity and support the inaugural members of the Women’s Conductor’s Circle have shown. As the Circle heads to celebrate our first six months, the benefits to my career have already been life changing. The Circle has allowed me to travel overseas twice this year, where I have already secured two international contracts and made contacts with several key personnel who are vital in increasing my future visibility in this unique and challenging career. A huge thanks to all these incredible women of the circle, led by PSO Director Bourby Webster; the driving force behind this initiative.”
Jessica Gethin, June 2017

To hear more about Jessica’s achievements and upcoming plans, please visit her website.  You can also follow Jessica’s journey on Facebook and instagram @jessicagethin.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

We are excited to announce that PSO Chief Conductor Jessica Gethin will be touring with ‘The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses’ through Australia, New Zealand and Asia including Perth, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore.  This is an amazing opportunity for Jessica and we are only jealous that Perth Symphony can’t tour with her!

Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks with live orchestral renditions directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses brings the Zelda franchise to life with a full symphony orchestra, 24-person choir and a reimagined score that includes new movements from more recently released Zelda games such as Skyward Sword and the highly anticipated Breath of the Wild, while still paying homage to classic installments like Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past.

The five-movement multimedia symphony concert regales fans with Nintendo composer Koji Kondo’s original music, recalling moments of Link conquering dungeons, running through forests, and struggling to decide what color tunic to wear. Throughout the evening, a video collage syncs up with the adventurous tunes to spotlight exciting moments from the venerable franchise.

Read more about this exciting concert, opening in Perth on August 24 here.

More news from Perth Symphony String Quartet’s Gascoyne in May tour!

It’s been over a fortnight since a PSO string quartet left for the Gascoyne region and cellist Nick updated the team in the office. Both Nick and first violin Ruth celebrated their birthday over the past weeks, so they’ve been having a great time!

“Since our last post, we’ve been exceptionally busy. On the 6th of May, we played at the TropiCOOL festival in Carnarvon, on an open air festival stage. It was a strange setting – most outdoor stage performances we do are with much bigger groups, so we made a concerted effort to fill the stage with energy through repertoire and movement. For our finale, we performed a larger scale collaboration of Happy, by Pharrell Williams, with sampler beats, rapping and singers.

Shortly after, the tour packed up and shipped out to Denham, Shark Bay. Our first few days in Denham were focused around rehearsing, getting set lists and refining the education program for the Barefoot Black Tie festival and a school visit.  We also celebrated mine and Ruth’s birthday on the 10th of May with a dinner at The Old Pearler. Our performance at Barefoot Black Tie really hit the spot with the audience – 25 minutes of extremely high energy pieces, all of which the audience knew and loved! We closed with Pharrell Williams’ Happy, which went off with a bang!

The next few days were spent relaxing, rehearsing and collaborating with fellow tour members and as a result, we have a few pieces ready to integrate into a hip hop fusion for the next festival. A few adventurous ideas that are as fun for us to perform as different for the audience to experience.

Tomorrow, we head back to Carnarvon before starting on our trip to Burringurah, a remote Aboriginal community, for the Festival of Fire. We’re all extremely excited to see somewhere that will be so different to our venues so far, and such a far cry from our lives back home. We lose all internet and phone reception so more news on the other side!”

We look forward to another instalment from Nick!

Gascoyne Barefoot Gascoyne in May 1

Steampunk Mozart: Our most unique concert yet!

Machines meet Mozart in this remarkable concert by the Perth Chamber Orchestra. Set in the industrial surrounds of the historic Midland Railway Workshops with a visually sumptuous ‘Steampunk’-inspired theme, the orchestra will perform magical works by the master that is Mozart among the machinery and rail tracks that remain from days gone by.

Producer Bourby Webster, and co-Artistic Directors, Jessica Gethin and Paul Wright, have designed an immersive evening featuring highlights of Mozart’s chamber orchestral repertoire contrasted with works that bring the remarkable surrounds to life with a reference to the trains that previously haunted the building.

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

Accompanied by a menu inspired by the vibe of the setting from the team at Academy, with beverages available from The Little Champagne Cart, the concert promises to be another indulge-all-the-senses experience like no other.

Be prepared to be hypnotised by the sublime music of Mozart, performed by some of Western Australia’s most talented musicians, alongside exciting, diverse, and often surprising repertoire. In true PCO style, expect the unexpected. An evening of entertainment that will inspire and delight.

We would like to thank Heritage Series co-presenter MSWA, Heritage Series concert partner Hewshott International, and event partner Barton Jones Wines for helping us bring this concert to life. Valued support also comes from Academy Cafe and The Little Champagne Cart. MOZART Sponsor Panel 600x110-1

PSO launches C.A.L.M. concerts for Hawaiian

Hawaiian staff and tenants of their 235 St. George’s Terrace building enjoyed a recharging lunch break last week as Perth Symphony Orchestra performed a free relaxation and meditation session.  C.A.L.M stands for Come And Listen to Music, and is a call for busy people to stop and clear their minds.

A 13 piece PSO string ensemble with percussionist performed some of the world’s most beautiful and relaxing music ever written including Bach’s Air on a G String, Satie’s Gymnopedie, Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Handel’s Largo.

Hawaiian CEO Russell Gibbs said the unique live-music experience was brought in to give staff the opportunity to switch off and enjoy a moment of mindfulness during workhours.

“We are all busy, and it can be a challenge to find time to relax and recharge, which can lead to stress in the workplace.”

“The physical and mental wellbeing of our staff is our upmost priority, so we invited our partner Perth Symphony Orchestra to come in and give us all a moment to simply unwind,” Mr Gibbs said.

PSO is proud to have launched this initiative with Orchestra (PSO on the Streets) Partner Hawaiian, and is hoping to roll out more of these concerts for both private and public concerts. If you are interested in hosting a C.A.L.M. concert, please contact Belinda today.


“This was absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for arranging such a wonderful session”

“…we walked out feeling so refreshed! What a terrific event.. it was absolutely terrific and hope more organisations follow in Hawaiian’s footsteps”

“I particularly loved the didgeridoo music combination – gave me goosebumps!”

“I’ve come back to my desk now feeling lighter and ready to face the afternoon.”

Baroque by Candlelight in Armadale: A Wonderful Concert

Baroque by Candlelight with Perth Chamber Orchestra, held St. Matthew’s church in Armadale on May 6th, was a wonderful concert!

The evening concert was sold out, and premium ticket holders were lucky enough to attend a pre-concert function, hosted by PSO Executive Director Bourby Webster and musicians Paul Wright, Jamie Oehlers and Sophie Curtis. Guests absolutely loved hearing an insight into the Baroque era, the differences in how  Baroque music is performed and how one of Australia’s leading jazz saxophonists uses Bach’s music to warm up before gigs!

One highlight of the concert was award winning jazz saxophonist Jamie Oehlers improvising on Bach’s famous ‘Air on a G String’ as he walked through the centre aisle, joining the orchestra onstage for a special collaboration. Other highlights included a beautiful solo from cellist Sophie Curtis and vocalist Veronique Willing. Jasmin Parkinson-Stewart made her PCO solo debut, performing alongside her teacher (and PCO Concertmaster) Paul Wright in the ever popular ‘Bach Double’.

A pre-concert function in the Disctrict Hall, hosted by City of Armadale and catered by Academy Cafe, where patrons could view the incredible art, featured in the Minnawarra Arts Festival.

We’d like to extend our gratitude to all involved, our volunteers without whom our concerts would not be possible, and especially our Presenting Partner Seasons Funeral Homes, Concert Partner City of Armadale and Event Partner Millbrook Winery.  Special thanks also go to Concert Patron John Christmass and our team of smiley volunteers (particularly those from the Rotary of Armadale and Classic Sounds Orchestra).

We look forward to returning to Armadale again!

Perth Symphony String Quartet kicks off Gascoyne in May tour!

‘Gascoyne in May’ – an incredible tour traveling across the Gascoyne region of WA began on the 4th of May. Perth Symphony is so excited to be involved, sending a string quartet on the long and dusty road. PSO’s involvement in this tour was made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Rowley Foundation.

Here’s what PSO Artistic Planning Assistant and touring cellist Nick Pitt had to say about the once in a life time experience so far:

“The tour departed Perth early Thursday morning via bus to Carnarvon. We were driven by Ray, a fellow touring artist who was also doubling as our cultural guide. Along the way, we were able to see the full spectrum of beautiful Australian countrysides – rolling hills, sparse scrub, red dirt. It was absolutely stunning.

Our first performance of the tour was a half hour performance to approximately 100 high school students. We selected a program designed to entertain a high school students – including Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance 5 and always a favourite – Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. The set list went down a treat!

Following the performance, the tour headed the river to perform a Welcome to Country Ceremony. We took part in a smoking ceremony, which involves a small fire and a stream of smoke to wash over ourselves to cleanse the surrounding land. The ceremony was performed on the sandy banks of the river which was absolutely breathtaking. What a way to start this 6 week adventure!”

We look forward to more news from Nick!

PSO Welcomes Hewshott International as Concert Partner


Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is delighted to welcome technology and acoustic specialists, Hewshott International as the Concert Partner for the Perth Chamber Orchestra Heritage Concerts for 2017.

A strong characteristic of the PCO is delivering pure, natural sound with excellent acoustics.  The natural synergy between PCO and Hewshott is evident in every concert with Hewshott’s expertise assisting the PCO with the planning and delivery of the concerts at an acoustic and technical level.

PSO Executive Director, Bourby Webster was thrilled to have Hewshott’s expertise on-hand:

“This partnership has given us more confidence to take music to unusual places, knowing we have the right people available help, guide and support us as we push the boundaries of what’s possible.”

Hewshott’s founder and CEO, Peter Hunt:

“With our strong musical background and world-class technical resources, we live for these opportunities to combine the two.  Supporting Bourby’s team will only help to bring excellent and engaging music to new audiences.”

Hewshott International is a world-class, industry leading technology and acoustic firm, delivering around 120 projects per annum.