The Perth Chamber Orchestra, launched in April 2013, is an exciting and unique orchestra formed from core players from with the Perth Symphony Orchestra.

PCO reinvents the way classical concerts are presented and changes how people experience classical music, combining music with visual, sensory, aural and emotional components. The traditional format is turned upside down each time, with performances often taking place in spaces unaccustomed to hosting concerts, many of which are selected to showcase Perth’s wonderful heritage buildings.

“It’s too good to miss”
Neville Cohn, The West Australian, PCO Launch, GPO Building 2015

From the start time, to set duration, audience location, lighting and more, every element of a traditional concert presentation has been challenged to bring the way the concerts are presented into the 21st Century. Concerts often feature food and wine selected to enhance the aural experience, ensuring a truly multi-sensory way to enjoy classical music.

Under the joint artistic direction of Perth Symphony Chief Conductor Jessica Gethin and internationally acclaimed violinist, Concertmaster Paul Wright, the orchestra boasts highly experienced performers alongside some of the most talented young musicians in Western Australia.

“Bourby Webster and her co-artistic directors, Paul Wright and Jessica Gethin, are to be roundly congratulated on their daring idea… fabulous music in a fabulous venue with fabulous food”
Satima Flavell, ArtsHub, Vivaldi by Candlelight, St. George’s Cathedral 2015

With an ambition to encourage a wide audience to fall in love with classical music through brilliant musicianship; unique and original presentations; and a desire to give people a remarkable experience, the orchestra has already gained an impressive reputation.

Past performances include:

Music at The GPO – a concert of wonderful music set in the GPO Building, Forrest Place, Perth

Vivaldi by Candlelight – an authentic Venetian experience, immersing the audience in all things Italian, taking the audience back in time to the year 1600

Beethoven, Beer and Bratwurst – Beethoven as it was meant to be played in the rustic setting of B-Shed in Fremantle Harbour accompanied by wonderful Germanic food and beverages.

“This was one of the most exciting and moving performances of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony I’ve had the pleasure of hearing”
William Yeoman, The West Australian, Beethoven, Beer & Bratwurst at B-Shed 2013

The Orchestra has plans to roll out a fiver-concert ‘Heritage Series’ in 2016, but is only able to do so through the generous support of sponsors.

If you are interested in aligning with this exciting new ensemble email the Orchestra’s Executive Director, Bourby Webster.