Nothing Compares: The Music of Prince Program

Singer. Songwriter. Multi-instrumentalist. Record Producer. Dancer. Actor. Director. Icon.


Photo by Matt Jelonek/The West Australian

Conductor: Elise Chong

Let’s Go Crazy

Performed by: Hans Fiance

Arranged by: Simon Kruit

Sign O the Times

Performed by: Hans Fiance

Arranged by: Simon Kruit

Soft and Wet

Performed by: Sam Nafie

Arranged by: Simon Kruit

Little Red Corvette

Performed by: Hans Fiance

Arranged by: Simon Kruit

When Doves Cry

Performed by: Amy Reeves

Arranged by: Klearhos Murphy and Callum O’Reilly

The Time Medley (Jungle Love/The Bird)

Performed by: Sam Nafie and Amy Reeves

Arranged by: Simon Kruit

I Would Die 4 U

Performed by: Ali Bodycoat

Arranged by: Simon Kruit

I Feel For You

Performed by: Amy Reeves

On Saxophone: Matt Kidd

Arranged by: Simon Kruit

Diamonds and Pearls

Performed by: Ali Bodycoat

Arranged by: Simon Kruit

Nothing Compares 2 U

Performed by: Hans Fiance and Ali Bodycoat

Arranged by: Simon Kruit

Purple Rain

Performed by: Hans Fiance

Arranged by: Simon Kruit

Sometimes It Snows In April (Piano Solo)

Performed by: Hans Fiance

The Beautiful Ones

Performed by: Hans Fiance

Ballerina: Avie Catherine

Arranged by: Kate Milligan

Manic Monday

Arranged by: Klearhos Murphy and Callum O’Reilly


Performed by: Sam Nafie

Arranged by: Johnathon Yang

Take Me With U

Performed by: Ali Bodycoat

Arranged by: Simon Kruit


Performed by: Hans Fiance

Dancers: Lauren Perrett, Manon Burgos, Amira Westerik, Georgia Barton, Daniel Martis, Tutu Solomon-TeWhaiti

Arranged by: Klearhos Murphy and Callum O’Reilly


Performed by: Hans Fiance, Ali Bodycoat, Amy Reeves and Sam Nafie

Arranged by: Simon Kruit

Raspberry Beret

Performed by: Hans Fiance, Ali Bodycoat, Amy Reeves and Sam Nafie

Arranged by: Simon Kruit

Violin 1 – Margaret Blades, Susannah Williams, Anna Darbyshire, Madeleine Antoine, Teresa Vinci, Ruth Klein Cook, Julia Watson and Jasmin Parkinson-Stewart

Violin 2 – Pascale Whiting, Brian Kruger, Sarah Papadopoulos, Yasmin Omran, Kendra Smith, Roland Adeney, Brittany Williams

Viola – Kathy Potter, Alix Hamilton, Cheralyn Simpson, Grace Ah-quee

Cello – Emma Vanderwal, Catherine Tabi, Sacha McCulloch, Amber Day

Double Bass – Kirsty Collins, Oakley Paul

Harp – Catherine Ashley

Flute and piccolo – Hayley Rowntree

Oboe and Cor Anglais – Stephanie Nicholls

Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and Tenor Saxophone – Matt Kidd

Bassoon – Hugh Ponnuthurai

Horn – Wendy Tait, Nicole Dixon

Trumpet – Jenny Coleman, Evan Cromie

Trombone – Matt Walker

Trombone and Bass Trombone – Will Pethick

Tuba – Chris Goff

Percussion – Paul Tanner, Steve Richter and James Chong

Electric Bass – Josh Dyson

Drum Kit – Mike Perkins

Creative Producer: Bourby Webster

Stage Production Co-ordinator: Jess Herbert

Event Director: Kate Schilling

Brand Manager: Georgina Harvey

Digital Marketing: Polly Ash

Show Caller: Kate Milligan

Orchestra Manager: Georgina Harper

Production Manager: Alex Spartalis

Sound Engineer: Jake Goodsell

Lead Crew: Chloe Shadlow

Soloist/Conductor Liaison: Penny Shaw

Finance: Nicky Sudmeyer

Stage Manager: Breanna Evangelista

Artist Liaison: Penny Shaw

Finance: Nicky Sudmeyer

Rubix Removals

Nothing Compares: The Music of Prince is presented by Mercedes Benz.

Thank you to AHG and Venues West for making this concert possible. We’d also thank the Barton Family Foundation and Kim & Sandra Grist for their support.

CHESS: The Musical – The reviews from Melbourne are in!

CHESS: The Musical kick-started its tour of Australia with sold-out shows in Melbourne last weekend. The reviews are in and it’s safe to say this show’s score with its 26 piece on-stage orchestra will blow your mind 🤯

Photographer Jess Busby

“The Melbourne season sold out well ahead of the short season, packing out the largest of Melbourne’s East End theatres … Storeyboard Entertainment should be congratulated for bringing a rarely presented musical to Australian audiences.” – Theatre People 

Inspired by extraordinary real-life events CHESS: The Musical is a gripping tale set during the height of the Cold War. Two chess grandmasters, one America the other Russian, find themselves pulled into the East-West political arena. As if things aren’t complex enough a powerful love triangle is thrown into the mix. Which grandmaster will be the King to this Queen and who will be left as the Pawn. Get your tickets to find out!

Alex Lewis, Brittanie Shipway and Mark Furze. Photographer Jeff Busby

“Magnificently dazzling twenty-six piece orchestra” – Broadwayworld

Sir Timothy Rice and Björn Ulvaeus are the masterminds behind the lyrics for CHESS: The Musical. Tim is a legend in his own right, along with CHESS he also wrote for other shows like Joesph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar! The musical also has a legendary rock-opera score that was created by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus from the pop group ABBA. It is argued it will be one of the most memorable scores you’ll ever hear!

Rob Mills and ensemble. Photographer Jess Busby

“Big names deliver vocal splendour… Roof-raising numbers.” – The Sydney Morning Herald / The Age

CHESS: The Musical will be in Perth from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th June and will be performing in the Perth Concert Hall. The Duxton hotel is offering 10% off their best available rates for patrons who are attending the show on Thursday or Friday evening. Don’t miss out on this exclusive deal call them on 1800 681 118 or email them at and quote the event name, event date and your ticket order number which can be found on your order confirmation email.

If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, luckily for you Perth still has tickets available, but they are selling fast. You can purchase yours here.

Women on the Podium returns in 2021

Less than 6% of conductor’s in the world are female. Perth Symphony is committed to changing this.

Perth Symphony’s Women on the Podium program is a unique conducting and leadership program, providing female West Australian musicians the opportunity to learn from world-class conducting experts, to lead orchestras and to have a lasting impact on The Arts in WA.

The only program of its kind in the southern hemisphere, it creates a safe space for women to excel. The program is entirely funded through the generosity of West Australian’s who believe in breaking down barriers and creating female leaders in WA.

In the last six months, four women who have participated in this program have gone on to make their professional conducting debut on the podium. Elise Chong at Stardust: The Music of David Bowie, Jen Winley at Sweet Dreaming: Eurythmics Reimagined, Kate Milligan at Claremont Christmas Carols and Kate McNamara with the West Australian Ballet’s performance of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. See a video of some our conductors in action here.


These women have not only made their debut on the podium, they are taking what they have learned through this program and changing the face of The Arts in WA. Jen Winley has launched her own ensemble, Banksia Ensemble, Kate McNamara is leading the Giovanni Consort, Elise Chong has started her own business Cult Classical, Jennylynn Andrews started Northern Lights Orchestra and Kate Milligan is a rising female composer and arranger, who has just been named one of the ANAM Set by the Australian National Academy of Music to commission a new work for Australia.



Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Perth Symphony is delighted to continue this ground-breaking program in 2021 and, if we reach our fundraising target, to provide this opportunity to even more female musicians in Western Australia this year.

We will have the opportunity to invite previous participants to join our Elite Program and take their careers to the next level and work with WA Arts companies like West Australian Ballet and WA Opera. 16 new female musicians will have the chance to enter this program and begin their careers as professional conductors and we will launch a professional development program for female music teachers who are responsible for shaping the next generation of female leaders in our schools.

This program is ambitious, but it is critical. Interest from female musicians across Western Australia looking to be part of this program only continues to grow and we are dedicated to ensuring the longevity of this.


If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to support our program, this can be made here. If you would like to find out more about this program and how you can support us, please contact our Brand and Development Manager, Georgina Harvey. We would love to share this success with you!

CHESS: The Musical – Cast Announcement and two new shows

An all star cast featuring Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Paulini, Rob Mills, Alexander Lewis, Eddie Mulinumaseali’i and Mark Furze.

This concert-style production features Perth Symphony Orchestra playing the original West End orchestrations.

With music by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA), and lyrics & story by Tim Rice (The Lion King, EVITA), CHESS THE MUSICAL is one of the most powerful rock-opera scores. Featuring global smash hits I Know Him So Well’ and ‘One Night In Bangkok’.

Set during the turbulent Cold War, two brilliant chess masters, one American, one Russian, become pawns to their governments. As the game climaxes, a remarkable Hungarian-born refugee finds herself ensnared in their emotional triangle of love and power.

This extraordinary sung-through production will be the music theatre event of 2021 that cannot be missed.

WHEN: Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 June

WHERE: Perth Concert Hall

Tickets on sale now with TWO new shows.

COVID-19 Update

Following the announcement by the Western Australian Government and continued restrictions measures in place until 12:01am 14 February, Perth Symphony’s upcoming Family Favourites concert on Saturday 6 February, presented by City of Bayswater has been postponed. A new date will be announced shortly.

City of Joondalup’s 80s Symphonic Spectacular on Thursday 11 February has also be postponed. Ticket holders will be contacted by Joondalup and a new date announced soon.

All concerts from Monday 14 February onwards will at this stage go ahead as planned, in line with Government restrictions.

Perth Symphony will continue to monitor and respond to the situation at hand. We are working with concert partners and venues regarding current restrictions, as the safety of our musicians, community and patrons remains paramount.

Should there be any changes to any upcoming Perth Symphony concerts, ticket holders will be advised via email and announcements made online and via our social media channels – @perthsymphony.

Perth Symphony team members are working remotely and can be contacted on email or on 08 9384 5060.

– Team PSO

SOLD OUT – Immersive Sound & Waves

Set by the water at the iconic B Shed in Fremantle, Sound & Waves celebrates the spiritual connection West Australians have with the Indian Ocean through a bespoke mix of live music, interwoven with stories told by WA individuals.

Perth Symphony will bring to life works by classical greats such as Vivaldi and Gershwin, juxtaposed with contemporary composers including Katie Noonan. Special solo performances made up of Ross Edwards ‘Water Spirit Song’ by Principal Cellist Sophie Curtis as well as guitarist Rick Webster performing John Butler’s ‘Ocean’ will provide a refreshing and contemporary twist to the event.

The concert includes a world premier soundscape performance of the Rottnest Channel topography, a special collaboration between Perth Symphony Orchestra and WA composer Rebecca Erin Smith commissioned especially for the concert.

Whether you surf, swim, fish or sail, this concert will evoke a sense of movement and awaken your connection to the ocean.

Tickets are now on sale! Get your tickets, here.

Seasons Greetings from Perth Symphony

“Well, what a year it has been!
It’s hard to believe that six months ago it looked as though we wouldn’t have the opportunity to play again this year, but instead we finished the year strong with two spectacular stadium concerts, a regional tour with Phil Wally-Stack, a candlelight concert at Perth Concert Hall, the launch of a new show S.T.R.I.N.G.S in Karratha, a number of community Christmas Carols concerts as well as countless PSO duos, trios and quartets playing across Perth throughout November and December. After an incredible debut performance at Telethon in October, I’m thrilled that INNEKA, our newest electric string quartet is in high demand.

Even when we weren’t able to play, PSO continued to develop and deliver important programs. We created a new program for Aged Care facilities through a partnership with Brightwater Care Group and our Women on the Podium program continued through COVID-19 with a series of international faculty workshops conducted over Zoom. I am proud to have had four of our 2020 members take the podium for their debut this year, Elise Chong for Bowie, Jen Winley for Eurythmics, Kate Milligan for Claremont Christmas Carols and Kate McNamara with WA Ballet. These programs are so important to me and really epitomise Perth Symphony.

And in between all of that, we have grown so much we have moved! Our team now includes two new senior staff, Georgina Harvey in Brand and Development and Nicky Sudmeyer in Finance and Operations. You can find us down the road at 525 Stirling Highway. Thank you to Tim Roberts Giving for providing us with our new space. Our musicians also found a new home this year at MLC, who has been so gracious in welcoming us to share their incredible music space.

We could not have finished 2020 in such a strong, positive position if not for our wonderful supporters. Thank you to our donors and sponsors for sticking with us through the year and continuing to believe in our vision of Music for Everyone.

I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the additional support we have received from State and Federal Governments. These financial boosts have made it possible for us to play in front of record crowds and as we look towards 2021, I am committed to working with the government to ensure this support continues to aid recovery for the Arts.

And finally to team PSO, who has weathered the storm this year with me and to our musicians, for never losing faith. I am so excited for what is to come in 2021 and look forward to sharing our program with you all soon. Already, February is packed with large-scale community events, Sound and Waves has been rescheduled for March and we are embarking on our first co-presented stage production with CHESS: The Musical in June.

If 2020 has taught us nothing else, it is the importance of community and I look forward to creating music to connect and inspire us all.

Merry Christmas everyone” – Bourby

CHESS THE MUSICAL officially on sale!

The wait is over, CHESS THE MUSICAL tickets are up for grabs!

CHESS THE MUSICAL will feature a special twenty-five piece West-End orchestration of the score which promises to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2021.

With music by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA), and lyrics and story by Tim Rice (The Lion KingEVITA); CHESS THE MUSICAL is arguably one of the most powerful and impactful rock-opera scores ever heard on the musical theatre stage.

WHEN: Saturday 5th June, 2021
WHERE: Perth Concert Hall

Perth Symphony performs Love Actually in Concert!

Perth’s ramping up the Christmas cheer this holiday season with a very special presentation of the world’s most beloved seasonal feel-good film, Love Actually. But it’s a presentation with bells on—the Perth Symphony Orchestra will perform the soundtrack live-to-picture at HBF Stadium on 19 December 2020.🎄
Now the ultimate rom-com is transformed into the ultimate way to celebrate the silly season with a magical night that combines the film favourite projected on a huge screen with an extraordinary live music experience.

Perth audiences will experience the film in a whole new way as BAFTA award-winning Craig Armstrong’s evocative score reaches new heights. Perth local, Craig Dalton will conduct the Perth Symphony Orchestra live, filling the stadium with song. It’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit with loved ones, friends and family.

Due to popular demand, there are now two sessions available on the 19th of December.

  • Session 1:  3.30pm
  • Session 2:  7.30pm

Both sessions have premium early bird discounts, so get in quick while you can!

PSO is not the promoter for this event. For ticket enquiries, please contact Ticketmaster or for venue details, contact HBF Stadium 

Sweet Dreaming: Eurythmics Reimagined singers and specials guests announced!

Are you ready to hear the three voices each representing different eras in the unparalleled career of Annie Lennox?
Our Sweet Dreaming: Eurythmics Reimagined concert welcomes to the stage,

🔥 Freddie Mai
⚡ Sabrina Davies
✨Ali Bodycoat

PLUS, Perth Symphony welcomes a new face to the conductor’s baton, Jen Winley!
As well as PSO’s own INNEKA, the act that took Telethon by storm, play a special featured set.

Have you got tickets to this amazing concert yet?