Perth Chamber Orchestra’s Vivaldi reviewed

The new Perth Chamber Orchestra has excelled again. After the inaugural concert where reviewer Neville Cohn from The West Australian stated “Make every effort to listen to the Perth Chamber Orchestra at its next gig. It’s too good to miss”, the second concert drew the following praise from ArtsHub reviewer Carol Flavell Neist, “Already the cognoscenti are comparing Perth Chamber Orchestra, launched only months ago, to some of the world’s best ensembles.”

To read the full review from the PCO’s sold out Vivaldi by Candlelight on the ArtsHub website, click HERE or read it: 130925 Vivaldi Artshub Review


Scotch College the official home of PSO!

Scotch College, located in Swanbourne, is now the official home of the Perth Symphony Orchestra.

The School – one of Australia’s leading Schools for boys – is partnering with the orchestra, and will be providing rehearsal facilities and equipment from stands to percussion for the Orchestra to use in preparation for a number of concerts.

LOGO-Scotch_colour_PRINTMusic is an integral part of the curriculum at Scotch College, with over 600 boys learning an instrument each week. Students are also encouraged to form ensembles – over 20 rehearse each week, and guided by skilled music educators, the boys perform throughout the year at many formal School concerts, official functions and weekly School assemblies, often travelling as far as the Eastern States to participate in other external festivals, competitions and community events. To enhance the balanced nature of musical endeavours, strong links have been fostered with Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) to enable both Music departments to develop several combined large ensembles.

Notable Scotch College Alumni include Iain Grandage, Ashley Arbuckle, Pendulum (Rob Swire-Thomson, Gareth Williams), Charles Mellor, Oliver Cuneo, Robert Gladstones, Andrew Raymond, Tom Woods, Nicholas Woodend, Burke Turner, and Brian Hanly.

As time progresses, it is hoped that the boys from the School will benefit from the orchestra rehearsing on school grounds, as they will be able to sit in on many rehearsals and potentially follow scores and meet with players, giving them the opportunity to gain tips, tricks and valuable knowledge from professional musicians.

Beethoven, Beer & Bratwurst

Doors at 6pm. 6.30pm Tuesday 10th December
B Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle

If you like your Beethoven full of bravado and brilliance, then this next offering from the remarkable new Perth Chamber Orchestra will surpass all your expectations. Join this new, exciting and dynamic orchestra playing Beethoven’s memorable 7th Symphony the way it should be played in a format as powerful and robust as the music. It promises to be amazing, so BOOK NOW!

Beethoven, Beer and Bratwurst brings alive this famous composer’s 7th Symphony almost exactly 200 years to the day from when it was first performed in an historic setting, the B-Shed in Fremantle Port on the edge of the harbour.

Under the Director of Conductor Jessica Gethin and led by PCO’s esteemed Concertmaster, Paul Wright, the orchestra will perform the complete 7th Symphony along with other exciting works from the Chamber Orchestra repertoire accompanied by Beers and Bratwurst giving audience members a truly authentic Germanic experience that brings Beethoven to life.

As with all Perth Chamber Orchestra concerts, the music is just the beginning so expect some wonderful surprises and a unique concert experience like no other.

Catch the train to the end of the line in Fremantle, and enjoy some remarkable music to transport you away from the pre-Christmas mayhem with one of the world’s most loved symphonies played by one of Australia’s most exciting orchestras.

The concert is again supported by event partner St. George Bank, food design by Comestibles and with wine for those who prefer wine to beer from Barton Jones.

B Shed
Peter Hughes Drive
Victoria Quay Waterfront
Fremantle, WA 6160

CONTACT PCO Director: Bourby Webster +61 407 816 614

AHG and PSO celebrate ONE YEAR in partnership: Special Offer

Perth Symphony Orchestra and AHG are celebrating one year in partnership together, bringing the magic of the symphony orchestra to Western Australian families far and wide.

AHG-Logo-Foundation-Partner-small-300x133AHG and PSO want our followers, supporters, families and friends to share our one year anniversary, and as a result, AHG is offering supporters of PSO special rates on all makes and models, new and used, across the entire range (which spans a huge range of cars, vans, trucks and even bikes).

There is a dedicated AHG representative to point those in the market for a new (or used) car in the right direction: please contact Dealer Principal, Andy Diamantis on 08 9273 2777 or email:

Andy is based at Subaru Osborne Park but will point Perth Symphony followers to the dealership of choice, and ensure that everyone is looked after.

Please ensure you say you’re a fan of the Perth Symphony Orchestra when contacting Andy. We look forward to seeing many people celebrate with us as they drive around Perth in their new AHG car!

Perth Symphony Orchestra thanks AHG for their continued support making so much possible.

Perth Symphony welcomes AHG as Foundation Partner

We are incredibly excited to announce Automotive Holdings Group has signed on as the Foundation Partner of Perth Symphony Orchestra, inking a three year sponsorship that underpins the administration and logistics of the ambitious musical undertaking fronted by a group of respected musicians led by director Bourby Webster and chief conductor Jessica Gethin.

AHG managing director Bronte Howson said the partnership had its genesis when PSO played at the 2012 Leeuwin concert. “I think anyone who saw their performance with Marina Prior and David Hobson had to be impressed,” said Mr Howson.

“We had some initial discussions with Bourby about the orchestra’s requirements to reach its goals and we realised that there was an opportunity for AHG to be part of something we believe will be really important in the Western Australian community.”

Mr Howson said the partnership complemented AHG’s many existing community sponsorships. “We have a strong position in community engagement through community service organisations such as Rocky Bay along with a range of sporting sponsorships. This partnership will give us a strong and very enthusiastic presence in Western Australia’s cultural scene.

The AHG partnership includes a significant contribution to PSO’s administrative costs, a range of corporate performance opportunities and transport support for visiting players and for the orchestra’s performances outside the Perth metropolitan area and is worth over six figures per year .

Ms Webster said the partnership was important to PSO.

“The Perth Symphony Orchestra has established itself in a very short space of time as an exciting and broadly appealing new entertainment experience in WA’s cultural scene,” she said. “AHG coming on board as a Foundation Partner provides important financial and in-kind support over the next three years, and will assist us in sharing the wonderful experience of a symphony concert with new, diverse audiences – something we are committed to doing.”

One of the exciting developments will be a Rand Truck emblazoned with a banner showcasing the PSO that will travel daily up and down WA’s main freeway, promoting the orchestra and the relationship.

Director Bourby Webster introduces PSO members

About AHG

Automotive Holdings Group Limited (ASX: AHE) is a diversified automotive retailing and logistics group with operations in every Australian mainland state and in New Zealand. AHG is Australia’s largest automotive retailer with 124 dealership franchises located across Australia and in New Zealand. Its major operations are in Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria and include 11 out of the top 12 manufacturers in Australia. AHG also sells many leading truck and bus brands.
AHG operates logistics businesses throughout Australia through subsidiaries Rand Transport and Harris Refrigerated Transport (transport and cold storage), AMCAP and Covs WA (motor parts and industrial supplies distribution), VSE, providing vehicle storage and engineering, Genuine Truck Bodies, which provides body building services to the truck industry, and KTM Sportmotorcycles (motorcycle importation and distribution in Australia and New Zealand).

About PSO

Four years in the making, Perth Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2010 to provide Western Australia with a world-class orchestra able to work in a number of environments across genres with a particular focus on securing performances in regional areas across WA. The orchestra launched in November 2011 at the inaugural Symphony by the Bay, a stunning collection of some of the symphonic repertoire’s most loved works. Guest soloists with the orchestra included soprano Sara Macliver, Concertmaster Paul Wright and Principal Cellist Sophie Curtis. In December 2011 the Orchestra performed on the closing weekend of the ISAF Perth 2011 World Sailing Championships on Fremantle Esplanade with Lucy Durack (of the musical Wicked fame) as a guest artist. In February 2012 the Perth Symphony Orchestra débuted at the Leeuwin Concert working with Marina Prior and David Hobson: a concert that was critically acclaimed and publicly extremely well received.
The orchestra continues to go from strength to strength and is picking up fans and followers every step of the way.

PSO’s calendar for 2012 includes:

June: AHG conference at Leeuwin Estate
July/August: Four recording sessions at ABC recording studio
August: Launch of the Perth Chamber Orchestra
August/September 2012: Performing Pecan Summer, Australia’s first indigenous opera by Short Black Opera Company at the State Theatre Centre

Perth Symphony to perform hit musical South Pacific

After sell-out seasons in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, the Lincoln Center Theatre’s smash hit production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific comes to Crown Perth in November 2013 and will be accompanied by The Perth Symphony Orchestra.

Directed by Bartlett Sher, this ground-breaking production swept the 2008 Tony Awards® and played to sold-out houses on Broadway and the West End for two and a half years. In 2012, it premiered in Sydney to popular and critical acclaim.

The Perth Symphony Orchestra has been invited to perform our first ever season with Opera Australia and will accompany stars such as Lisa McCune, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Christine Anu in showstoppers such as ‘Some Enchanted Evening‘, ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair‘, ‘Bali Ha’i‘ and ‘There is Nothin’ Like a Dame‘.

Tickets start at $74.90 and the season runs from the 10th November to 8th December and is strictly limited, so come and enjoy Perth’s newest orchestra work with some of Australia’s biggest stars and opera voices in this wonderful pre-Christmas season.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

DirectorBartlett Sher
Musical Staging Christopher Gattelli
Set DesignerMichael Yeargan
Costume DesignerCatherine Zuber
Lighting DesignerDonald Holder
Sound DesignerScott Lehrer
Music DirectorAndrew Greene
OrchestrationsRobert Russell Bennett
Dance & Incidental Music Arrangements
Nellie Forbush Lisa McCune Emile Teddy Tahu Rhodes Bloody Mary Christine Anu Harbison Jeremy Stanford Stewpot John Xintavelonis Professor Rowan Witt Liat Celina Yuen Trude Rittmann
MusicRichard Rodgers
LyricsOscar Hammerstein II
BookOscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan