Vivaldi visits Armadale with Perth Chamber Orchestra

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.

Vivaldi Armadale sponsor panel

Perth Chamber Orchestra goes green

The Perth Chamber Orchestra was launched in April 2013 in the beautiful GPO Building in Forrest Chase and returns almost three years later for a special performance which commemorates the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.  Since it’s debut, PCO has sold out nearly all performances from Perth to Claremont to Fremantle, delighting capacity audiences with their combination of music, food and wine.

Highlights from the concert include:

She Moved Through the Fair (featuring soprano Fiona Cooper-Smyth and Tresna Stampalia on wooden flute)
Mahler Adagietto
Shostakovich String Quartet No 8 Mvmt 2
Ae Fond Kiss
The Women of Ireland (by Joannie Madden)/ Jalopy (Original by Ray Walker)
The Children of 1916 (featuring Fiona Rea)
The Heart’s Cry
The Foggy Dew (featuring B. R. Dalton)
Reels, jigs and airs (special feature with Rob Zielinski)

Perth Chamber Orchestra is excited to be sharing the stage with such a fantastic range of soloists – from sopranos to singer/songwriters and traditional folk violinists to wooden flautists.

Tickets are still available online here. You won’t want to miss this ‘once in a hundred years’ performance.


Perth Symphony Orchestra in a unique partnership with Murdoch University and support from the City of Melville presents the Perth Symphony Big Band & Strings in concert for an epic night of swing.


Perth Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce the inaugural Music @ Murdoch, a concert FREE to the community. The concert is a unique collaboration between Perth Symphony and Murdoch University enabling the orchestra to achieve its mission of reaching every Western Australian in the heart of people’s communities.

The concert will be the first time the Perth Symphony Big Band performs with the full symphony string section, performing the music of world-famous artists from Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams to Maroon 5 and Adele. It promises to be a night of big hits with more than a hint of swing.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday 21st January through

Set in the heart of Murdoch University (Australia’s largest university campus) on the stunning Lower Bush Court surrounded by eucalyptus trees, entry for GA is free of charge and patrons can BYO picnic or purchase food on site. VIP tickets are also on sale for $50 which includes VIP parking, VIP entry, seating in the centre of the arena and dedicated toilets.

The concert will be presented in a way consistent with Perth Symphony’s reputation of producing outstanding quality concerts that are highly appealing and engaging. With food trucks, pop up stations, giveaways, activations and more, the concert arena will be more than a place to simply sit and eat a picnic.

Singers Mark Underwood and newcomer Sophie Foster, will lead the concert which will also feature a few special guests including Justin Burford (End of Fashion).

“We make it a priority to take our music into the community, and into new and exciting places and spaces.” said PSO Executive Director, Bourby Webster. “We’ve showcased some remarkable artists alongside our professional musicians and it is wonderful to see a community’s reaction to having one of their own up on stage, singing the songs they know and love, reworked and backed by so many musicians,” she said.

The concert is only made possible thanks to the support of local organisations and businesses working in collaboration: Murdoch University, City of Melville, AHG (PSO’s Foundation Partner who has many car dealerships along the Leach Hwy automotive strip), Hawaiian (who supports PSO’s community initiative ‘PSO on the Streets’ and owns and manages Melville Plaza) and Perth Symphony sponsors HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and Seven West Media.

PSO launches Gift Vouchers in time for Christmas!

For the first time, you can give someone the gift of music from Perth Symphony Orchestra this Christmas!

Perth Symphony has created $20, $50 and $100 gift certificates for those special music lovers in your life! Purchase a Perth Symphony gift certificate HERE.

Give your family and friends a memory they will cherish for years to come. Perth Symphony offers unique concert concepts, unlike anything else in Perth – often enhancing your music experience with other art forms, food and/or drinks. From the Perth Chamber Orchestra’s Heritage Series including our Candlelit concerts and Beethoven, Beer and Bratwurst, to family concerts, contemporary series and lots more… there will be a number of exciting experiences to choose from.

Family concerts start at $20 for children, up to our premium VIP experiences for our Chamber Orchestra which are around $120 per person.

We will be announcing exciting concerts and experiences for 2016 early in the New Year, so ensure you sign up your gift recipient to our newsletter so they can hear announcements as soon as they’re made and jump online to grab a ticket using their voucher.

Perth Symphony merrily announces their debut ‘Christmas Celebration’ – The Snowman

Perth Symphony is delighted to announce its first Christmas Celebration – with a live orchestral performance of the popular book and Academy Award-nominated animated film – Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman.  The book and film have become a Christmas tradition around the world, the book having sold over 8.5 million copies worldwide.


This beautiful Christmas story is set to music by Howard Blake and features the song ‘Walking in the Air’ made famous by Aled Jones in the early 80s in the UK.  Perth Symphony is launching a ‘Search for a Star’ contest – where we hope to find the next ‘Aled Jones’ (boy soprano) here in Perth!  Details on how to enter will be released soon – start warming up those vocal chords!

We invite you to celebrate the festive season, with something different this year, which promises to be absolutely magical.  While ‘The Snowman’ is a children’s’ film, the story is beautiful and will be touch the hearts of everyone who sees it – young and old alike.

Snowman 1 LR $20 – Kids (Age 1-15 years, under 1 free)
$35 – Adults
$99 – Family (2 adults & 2 kids)

In typical Perth Symphony style, we aim to make this Christmas celebration more than just a concert – bring a picnic and enjoy afternoon tea in the grassy grounds of Scotch College.  The concert opens with an introduction to the orchestra hosted by Perth Symphony Chief Conductor Jessica Gethin, and a few Christmas surprises to finish!


This magical concert is presented by Foundation Partner AHG, and hosted by Scotch College, with support from performance partner Allen & Overy.

Bronwyn Ife joins PSO

151019 Meet BronwynPSO is proud to introduce the talented and charismatic Bronwyn Ife as our Education and Community Coordinator. Bronwyn joined the team in July and has fit in perfectly – enthusiastically embracing the role and the work PSO does.

Bronwyn’s role will encourage schools and the community to engage and experience the magic of live music. Through initiatives such as ‘Share The Chair’ (part of our ‘PLAY WITH US’ education program) and Hawaiian Presents ‘PSO on the Streets’, PSO want to work with anyone that wants brilliant music in their world.

Q & A with Bronwyn

I know this is standard, but tell us about yourself?

I was born and raised in Perth into a musical family where music was either being played or listened to pretty much all the time. As a family we went to lots of musical events and concerts. The Festival of Perth was an important annual event for us as we took advantage of fantastic music and theatre groups visiting our city.

In 1997 I graduated from the University of Western Australia with an arts degree and a diploma of education. From there I began to work in the state public service.

Then in 2007 I had a beautiful boy and with the focus now on my children, I decided to leave my job in public service. I started teaching Kindermusik – group music classes for 0-7 year olds and set up my own business “Kindermusik with Bronwyn”.  In 2010 we welcomed our daughter into our lives and my Kindermusik program continued to bring music into the lives of the very youngest children in my neighbourhood.

I played the flute in high school and have always sung in choirs – from large student choirs at university and WASO chorus to smaller groups at St Georges Cathedral. I am currently singing with Rhythmos, a vibrant, fun a capella group based at Curtin University.

Having been influenced by a rich arts background, is there any genre in particular which you tend to like more?

I like to be entertained by anything from Mozart to burlesque to drum and bass. I am always drawn especially to choral music, probably because of my own history in singing with choirs. If I can sing along to it, I will!
What attracted you to PSO?

When I was thinking about returning to the workforce I decided I would only apply for a job that I would genuinely enjoy and that was meaningful. I was also looking for part-time hours, as my kids are still quite young. I thought that with those strict criteria I might be looking for quite some time.

I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I saw that PSO, a vibrant, valuable organisation with a great vision were looking for someone part-time with music, education and administrative experience. My immediate thought was “I could do that!” I’m so pleased I did. I love the fast-pace of the office, I love working with musicians, schools and the community and I love that the work I do matters.
Do you have any other interests that are not arts related?

My husband and I do the Oxfam Trailwalker, a 100km bushwalk through the Perth Hills that must be completed within 48 hours. In 2014 and 2015 we completed it in just over 25 hours. So yes, I like bush walking and can often be seen on weekends in the beautiful Perth Hills with my friends, a backpack, hiking poles and a big supply of chocolate.

Bronwyn has taken the Community and Education arms of Perth Symphony in her stride.  If you want to get in touch, she can be reached on

PCO’s candlelight concert receives outstanding reviews from a capacity audience

Last week Perth Chamber Orchestra performed a candlelight concert at St. George’s Cathedral to a capacity audience.

“There are not enough superlatives to describe the whole Vivaldi event on Wednesday night. Well done. Love the music, the catering, the venue… what more can one say? Bring it on!!!! We want more!!!”

12081593_10153550664449017_858119334_n-1The music of Vivaldi, Gregori, Caldara and Scarlatti ‘remixed’ by Australian composer Joe Chindamo were brought to life by a 14-piece PCO and soloists. The atmosphere was set by an abundance of candles, candleabra and perhaps surprisingly, some brand new LED lights, recently purchased by Perth Symphony as the result of a generous contribution from BHP Billiton.  The new LED lights subtly changed between orange, red and yellow hues, adding to the most incredible atmosphere in the cathedral.  Concert goers were immediately transported from the bustling St. Georges Terrace to 1600s Venice as soon as they set foot inside the cathedral.

We have received an incredible amount of feedback so far from the concert, all overwhelmingly positive – we must be onto something good here!

“We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the entire Vivaldi by Candlelight experience last night, starting with the drinks and intimate concert tease by Paul Wright in Burt Hall, through to the magnificent setting… wonderful musicianship, quirky hosting by Vivaldi himself and food and drink to complement it all!”

Missed out? Read a wonderful review of the concert on ArtsHub HERE.

All in all, Vivaldi by Candlelight was a fantastic idea, and well-executed. I hope Webster and her team will give us another such concert before too long.”

A highlight of the night was the Caldara, with all the lights dimmed to a deep red and soprano Brianna Louwen singing flawlessly over the reduced string section.  During Boccherini’s popular ‘Nights of Madrid’, musicians plucked their instruments (violin and celli) as they made their way down the centre aisles of the cathedral to the ‘call’ of Paul Wright, on his Adelaide Guadagnini violin.

“A magical evening, congratulations to all of you and thank you so very much”

We at Perth Symphony are incredibly grateful for everyone who helped to make this event possible. First of all our musicians – for being so open to our crazy ideas (not many of them had been asked to play in Venetian masks before!), the teams at Comestibles and Barton Jones Wines for the tasty eats and drinks, St. George’s Cathedral and of course, our partners, in particular Foundation Partner AHG, SevenWest Media and Scotch College.

Vivaldi by Candlelight Program

Perth Chamber Orchestra presents the 2015 Vivaldi by Candlelight concert at the magical St George’s Cathedral in the heart of Perth City.

We are excited to announce the program of works to be performed, showcasing the music of Vivaldi and other contemporaries such as Caldara, Gregori and more, performed in the style in which it was meant to be heard: in a beautiful cathedral, lit by candlelight, with the aroma of Italian Food and Wines to complete this sensory experience.

Nibble: Radicchio and parmesan risotto cakes

Sip: 2012 BartonJones ’’The Brilliant Cut’’ Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (Premium Series Label)

Listen: Gregori – Concerto No. 1 and No. 2
Vivaldi – Organ and Violin Concerto RV 808


Nibble: Roasted pumpkin and mushroom, veal piccate, slow roasted tomatoes and wild rocket

Sip: 2010 BartonJones ’’The Bigwig’’ Shiraz (Premium Series Label)

Listen: Boccherini – Nights of Madrid
Vivaldi – Spring from The Four Seasons


Nibble: Chico Gelato Ice Creams – espresso or white chocolate, rosewater and pistachio

Sip: 2015 BartonJones Chenin Blanc (Cellar Series Label)

Listen: Caldara – In Lagrime Stemprato Il Cor Qui Cade
Vivaldi – Il Riposo RV 270
Chindamo/Scarlatti – Sonata in G K427

ARTISTIC DIRECTORS: Jessica Gethin and Paul Wright
VIVALDI ACTOR: Nick Maclaine
VIOLINS: Paul Wright, Lucas O’Brien, Susannah Williams, Teresa Vinci, Kathryn Shinnick, Rachael Aquilina, Madeleine Antoine
VIOLAS: Alix Hamilton, Jared Yapp, Freya Petersen
CELLI: Noeleen Wright, Catherine Tabi
DOUBLE BASS: Libby Browning
THEORBO: Aidan Deasy
SOPRANO: Brianna Louwen

Paul Wright on the Adelaide Guadagnini violin

Concertmaster Paul Wright will perform on the historic Adelaide Guadagnini violin – crafted in 1751 at the upcoming Vivaldi by Candlelight concert this September.

This year’s Vivaldi by Candlelight concert will be even more rich in sound and history as the Adelaide Guadagnini violin crafted by J B Guadagnini in Milan, 1751, will be showcased.

Today, almost 60 years later the Ngeringa Arts Foundation has awarded the precious instrument to acclaimed Baroque violinist and Perth Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Paul Wright.

PSO_2015_sponsorsnights_036The violin made its way to Australia after Carmel Hakendorf was invited to London in the early 1950’s to debut her outstanding talent.  She was discouraged by the poor quality of her violin, so the Music Committee of South Australia fundraised and was able to purchase the Guadagnini at just 1, 750 pounds for Carmel to play.  Today, the violin is worth infinitely more.

We are honoured that Paul has decided to share this remarkable work of art with the Perth Chamber Orchestra in the upcoming performance of Vivaldi by Candlelight, a concert which he not only leads, but is also co-Artistic Director.

Like all instruments, it needs ongoing maintenance. The Guadagnini recently returned home to Italy to be restored, resulting in an outstanding transformation and a much more powerful voice.  We so look forward to hearing the instrument in all its glory, in the amazing acoustics of St. George’s Cathedral, where Perth Chamber Orchestra have taken their ever popular concert for 2016.

For those lucky enough to have snapped up a VIP ticket before they sold out, you will get to experience this beautiful instrument up close and personal,  as Paul gives an exclusive solo performance during the VIP pre-function in the heritage listed Burt Hall, adjacent to the Cathedral.


Tickets are on sale now – click HERE to read more about this spectacular concert experience and to purchase tickets.

Read more about the Adelaide Guadagnini violin HERE.

Perth Symphony welcomes Hawaiian as sponsor of ‘PSO on the Streets’ (#UrbanPSO)

The West Australian property group is well known for its patronage of the arts, and the new relationship between Hawaiian and Perth Symphony marks the start of a partnership aimed at bringing about a musical revolution on the streets of Perth.

The partnership with Hawaiian has given life to an initiative that has long been a pipe dream for Perth Symphony.  ‘Hawaiian Presents: PSO on the Streets’ will bring the suburbs of Perth alive with world-class music, giving Western Australians the joy of experiencing music in the heart of their community.

Chamber ensembles comprising of musicians from each section of the orchestra will appear in Hawaiian owned properties across the metropolitan area over the next 12 months from The Mezz in Mt Hawthorn to Claremont Quarter; from Forrestfield Forum & Marketplace to Carillon City.  Ensembles will be accompanied by PSO Street Team members who will share insights with the community on the local music scene, give away merchandise and share information on the instruments being played.

People will be able to see where and when the ensembles will be appearing by following the hashtag #UrbanPSO.

“The inspiration came from my memories of visiting cities in the UK such as Bath, Oxford, Manchester and London when I was a kid, where you’d find young classical musicians pumping out crazy fast Vivaldi, or stunningly brilliant Mozart on a street corner.  There is something just so exciting seeing brilliant musicians in action where anyone from anywhere can stop and experience that for a moment or longer”.

Perth Symphony Orchestra – Executive Director, Bourby Webster

The partnership was a vital step for the initiative to be able reach the widest possible audience. With eight shopping centres across the metropolitan area and three Perth CBD locations, close to half of Perth’s population falls within the catchment of Hawaiian’s properties.  This enables thousands of people to have access to live performances by Perth Symphony ensembles, many of whom would not have experienced a live music performance before.

“Giving back to the communities we do business in is an integral part of Hawaiian and how we operate. With properties spanning a 20km radius of the CBD, communities can access experiences such as ‘Hawaiian Presents: PSO on the Streets’.  The vibrancy of PSO, we believe, will inspire some to embrace their own and local arts cultures.”

Hawaiian – Director, Kate O’Hara

The performances will commence later in 2015. For news and info, simply keep your eye on #UrbanPSO! We look forward to sharing photos, thoughts, and our music with you!

For more information contact: Caitlin Irving, Publicist