‘A Performance For Our Planet’ Program

Stop and listen, can you hear the waves crashing, the kookaburras laughing.
Breathe in, can you smell the iconic scent of the Australian eucalyptus trees.
Grab a drink, can you taste the flavours of the land around us in the Western Australian produced gin and wines.

Now, let yourself be carried away by some of WA’s most talented musicians, under the baton of Chief Conductor Jessica Gethin.

The soundscape you hear over the music is being mixed live by Gaëtan Schurrer and is designed to complement and respond to the music.

Welcome to Perth Symphony Orchestra.  Enjoy…


R EDWARDS (NSW) – Water Spirit Song (soloist Sophie Curtis)
I GRANDAGE (WA) – The Wild Geese

O DAVIES (WA) – Crystalline
G PROKOFIEV (UK) – Spheres*

J BUTLER (WA)– Ocean (soloist Rick Webster)
A DVORAK- Nocturne for Strings in B Maj. Op. 40

S GREENBAUM (VIC) – The Rotation of the Earth*
B BARTOK – Duo for 2 Violins- No 22 Mosquito Dance | No 33 Harvest Song | No 36 Bagpipes

* WA Premiere

Loved the program? Listen again on Perth Symphony’s Spotify channel.

Not all works are available on Spotify, so make sure you enjoy it all here, in the moment, with us tonight.

Bar Menu

Sin Gin Australian Gin with CAPI tonic – $10 | $9 with own cup
crafted with locally sourced Lemon Myrtle and Qandongs. Plus juniper, coriander, cardoon, Angelica, sweet orange peel, orris, calamus, native pepper berry, strawberry gum, fenugreek and pomegranate.

Voyager Estate Girt By Sea Cabernet Merlot – $8 | $7.50 with own cup (tasting notes)

Voyager Estate Sauvignon Blanc Semillon – $8  | $7.50 with own cup (tasting notes)

Dunes & Green Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV – $8 | $7.50 with own cup

Soft drink – $3

Free water will be available throughout the evening.

Meet The Artists


Producer & Creative Director: Bourby Webster
Conductor & Artistic DirectorJessica Gethin
Host: Gavin Buckley


Margaret Blades (Concertmaster)
Rachael Aquilina
Andrea Mendham
Jasmin Parkinson-Stewart
Pascale Whiting
Teresa Vinci
Julia Watson

Kathy Potter
Alix Hamilton

Sophie Curtis
Catherine Tabi

Double Bass
Libby Browning

Rick Webster

Sound design
Gaëtan Schurrer

Meet our special guests


Music on the Move
Get special insights to Perth Symphony concert and behind the scenes gossip with Perth Symphony’s ‘Music on the Move’ podcast series. Designed to be listened to as a ‘pre concert chat’ on your way to the event, this episode’s special guest was Dr. Bruce Webber. If you didn’t already have a listen, you can hear it on Apple podcasts or where-ever you binge on podcasts! Also available on SoundCloud.

We would like to thank Presenting Partner Blue Ocean Monitoring and concert partner The UWA Oceans Institute in bringing this concert to life, with extra support from brand partner Anthologie, and event partners Sin Gin and Voyager Estate. Special mention to publicist Fiona Smyth (the PR Diva) for all her brilliant work.

Massive thanks to Bunnings for loaning us these aromatic native plants. Special mentions to CCP and VJZoo for making this concert visually stunning, and the team at Perth Town Hall who trust us to transform their beautiful building for our various visions.

The footage you saw on the screens tonight was courtesy of Bruce Webber Photography, Synergy, Swan Systems, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Flourishing Oceans and the UWA Oceans Institute and the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council. Thank you to Glen Dimech for lending us his nature and animal samples.

As always, a special thanks also to Foundation Partner AHG and Sustainability Partners Minderoo Foundation and Tim Roberts Giving.

Last but certainly not least, a huge thank you to our brilliant team and volunteers, without whom these concerts could not be possible.

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Perth Symphony was founded in 2011 and is known as the orchestra that breaks the rules. With over 220 musicians regularly employed by us, we are creating a home for WA talent.

We play in places and spaces you’d never expect to find an orchestra, from sheds to warehouses, foyers to art deco cinemas and aeroplane hangers! We perform music from Mozart to Metallica, Björk to Beethoven and everything in between. Our mission is ‘Music for Everyone’ and by taking the orchestra out of the concert hall and into communities across WA, we are proud to have performed to over 250,000 people so far. Stay tuned, as this is just the beginning!

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