Music for PASTA!

And we’re back with a delicious new playlist – Music for Pasta!

Music you love to listen to while you prepare, cook or eat pasta, favourites from your Italiano dinner party playlist to music you can imagine Italian composers writing while eating a carbonara. What do you think Vivaldi, Paganini, Scarlatti, Monteverdi, Puccini were eating while they composed some of their greatest works? What were they listening to and inspired by?

Discover new music across all the genres Perth Symphony performs and loves.

Look out for some special insights and stories into the music with CEO Bourby Webster on Facebook and Instagram, shared while cooking some of her favourite pasta dishes. You may not know but Bourby is an incredible cook and has a great passion of cooking.

Take a listen and follow the playlist here, and don’t forget to send us your favourites and requests via our Facebook or instagram.


New additions to the Perth Symphony Board

Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is excited to announce and welcome Julian Donaldson and Dr. Ashley William Smith to the PSO Board of Directors.  While the current restrictions in Australia have put a halt to all performances and concerts, CEO and Founder Bourby Webster expressed that

“We could not be more delighted to have two incredibly experienced new board members with incredible experience of the arts: Julian as a senior Arts Administrator, and Ashley as a soloist and orchestral performer.”

Julian is the CEO of the National Trust of Western Australia and the former General Manager of the Perth International Arts Festival.  His vision saw the Festival grow and included one of the largest events ever to hit Perth – ‘The Giants’, an event still talked about today.

Acclaimed clarinettist Dr. Ashley William Smith has performed throughout Australia, the USA, Europe and Asia, and has won some of the nation’s most prestigious prizes and awards, a Churchill Fellowship.  A graduate of Yale University as well as UWA and ANAM, Ashely is now the Head of Winds and Contemporary Performance at UWA.  He was humbled to be invited to join the Board of Directors and added;

“Music should be part of everyone’s life, and I have always admired Perth Symphony’s commitment to developing new audiences for orchestral performance through its innovative programming and constant exploration of new modes of music presentation.”

“My aim is to offer insight from an artist’s perspective in PSO’s quest to redefine what a 21st century orchestra can be.”

You can hear Bourby in conversation with Ashley on the latest episode of Perth Symphony’s podcast series: Music on the Move, released on Friday 24th April (available on any podcast app including Spotify, search ‘Perth Symphony Orchestra’).

“Julian and Ashley both bring a wealth of experience and will provide a strong artistic presence on the board, to ensure we continue to deliver outstanding, high quality performances and experiences to the widest audience. I am very much looking forward to working with them.” Bourby concluded.

Find out more about Julian and Ashley here.

Support us this End of Financial Year, without spending a cent!


End of financial year is the time when we would normally be reaching out to you, our incredibly generous donors and supporters to ask for donations.

However this year, we are asking for your support, without the need to open your wallet or spend a penny.

We understand this is a challenging time for everyone – whether you are working in health services or have lost work – everyone is affected and we know you will all get through it.

This year, here are ways you can still support us without spending a cent!

  •   Like, comment, share our posts and stories
  •    Invite your friends to follow us on social media
  •   Sign up to our newsletter (promise we don’t spam you!)
  • Invite your friends to concerts and events IRL 😉 and through Facebook events
  • Tell ALL your friends about us
  • Show us how you listen by snapping yourself while you’re listening to our podcast or playlist and share to your insta stories
  • Connect us to potential corporate sponsors and partners

We hope that during this time we can help YOU by enriching your life with music, inspiration and most of all… fun!

However, for those who may be in a position to donate, we would be eternally grateful.
Every dollar goes a long way and helps us along our mission of bringing more music to more people across WA and beyond. Find out more here.

Thank you. Stay safe and keep washing those hands! 🎶👏

Welcome, Louise & Mathumai!

Although these two amazing people have been on board with us for the last few months, they’ve been head down busy with work.  However it’s about time we introduce you all to our expanding team! We thought what better way than to have them send in a few fun answers so that you get to know them better!

First up, meet Mathumai our Finance Manager!

  • What do you love about PSO?
    The diversity and innovation that PSO introduced to the world of music
  • What is your personal connection to music?
    Part and partial of life , best part of my childhood was listening to my mom sing!
  • What was the last concert you attended?
    Light of the World where my son Harry performed as a part of a Indian classical  music team.
  • What music are you currently listening to a lot?
    I love listening to instruments and love veena the most.

Next up, Louise our Admin & Librarian Assistant

  • What do you love about PSO?
    I love how innovative and uplifting PSO is. Our performances are unique and everyone puts in so much heart and soul from start to finish. Every day is an adventure, and having the support of such a wonderful team is the best!
  • What is your personal connection to music?
    I started learning the violin when I was 5 years old and music has been a part of my life ever since.
  • What was the last concert you attended?
    The last performance I went to was by the Australian Youth Orchestra, at their National Music Camp in Adelaide. I played with AYO for years, but absolutely loved being in the audience for a change to support fellow musicians. Highlights included Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Sculthorpe’s Earth Cry.
  • What music are you currently listening to a lot?
    To be totally basic, I’m listening to a lot of Lizzo. Otherwise I’m on board the podcast wagon, and am binging every single Shameless episode that exists.

Music for HEROES

Announcing Perth Symphony’s “Music for…” interactive playlists.

A series of playlists, curated by the eclectic taste of the Perth Symphony musicians and admin team, and YOU!  A way to share our musical knowledge with you and to discover new, fabulous music. Fun and serious suggestions all welcome – classical, contemporary, jazz, folk…. we’re all ears!

Send your requests to @PerthSymphony on instagram or facebook and we’ll add it in.

To kick off the series, our first playlist is “Music for Heroes“, celebrating all those working on the frontline and in support services keeping us all safe and healthy through this crazy pandemic.

You can listen to the playlist on Spotify (below) and don’t forget to send us any piece you think is missing via our Facebook or instagram.

It’s got everything from Bowie to Beethoven, a real mix of music, you can really hear the bravery through the music!
Music has an amazing ability to sweep you away and take you on a journey, all while staying home – perfect for this time of social distancing!

Hear CEO Bourby Webster share some personal favourites from the playlist –
Beethoven’s Eroica | Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben | Hans Zimmer’s Superman / Alicia Keys’ Superwoman

#BachintheBathroom #Bachaday

We all know how good we sound when singing in the shower, so why not let your instruments experience that same amazing reverb? Not to mention the selfie-worthy lighting that bathrooms offer.

Time for a bit of fun…

In the lead up to Bach’s birthday (31st March) and along with PSO violinist Julia Watson’s #Bachaday campaign, #BachintheBathroom is designed to inspire everyone to pick up their instruments, encourage connection through music and social distancing through practise.

Perth Symphony is asking musicians around WA and the world, of all skill levels to simply take a video of themselves in the bathroom, playing their favourite piece of music by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Join the campaign by –

– uploading a video to Instagram or Facebook with #BachintheBathroom and #Bachaday
– uploading a video to instagram stories with the above hashtags
– tag us (@PerthSymphony) so we can see too!

Take this as seriously or as silly as you like – we’re expecting everything from stunning, virtuosic solos to fun videos with musicians in shower caps and bubble baths! How creative can you get, while distancing yourself at home?

We can’t wait to see all the videos, and hope that by preparing and sharing these videos, musicians will pass this isolating time a little quicker and bring joy and smiles to all those (digitally) around them.


With the rise in precautionary measures encouraged by the government and the WHO, Perth Symphony has decided to limit the number of staff working from its office in Cottesloe.

We feel fortunate to be in a position where the majority of our work is computer based and our staff have the flexibility and possibility to work from home. We know this is not an option for many workers in the service, hospitality and medical industry, amongst others.

Perth Symphony staff will be working remotely where possible, therefore those who need to collect or drop off items to the office are asked to call Production Co-ordinator Ariane before arriving at the office. Ariane can be contacted on the office line – 9384 5060, or on her mobile – 0466 124 527. Please give Ariane as much notice as possible if you need to visit, and please note our office hours for this period have adjusted to be 9am – 5pm.

All other staff member’s contact details are available HERE should you with to email them directly. Please note that quite a lot of our staff are part time, so we appreciate your patience and are looking forward to working through this crazy time with you all.

Concerts and tour postponed

These are really interesting times for the arts and events industry and while we would love to continue to support and give our musicians work, and give our patrons some artistic relief in the form of music, the health and safety of our musicians, patrons, volunteers and staff is something we take very seriously.

In light of this, and the recent announcements banning indoor events of 100 people or more, we have made the following changes to our upcoming program:

25 Mar: Sound & Wavescancelled
April (various dates): Mozart by Candlelight regional tourpostponed, dates tbc
16 May: Stardust: The Music of David Bowiepostponed, Thursday 17th September

Those with tickets to Sound & Waves will have been contacted by earlier this week. Please feel free to email us (at ) if you did not receive communication.

Those with tickets to STARDUST: the Music of David Bowie will have been contact by Ticketek. Please feel free to contact Ticketek directly should you have any queries regarding this.

If you have any general queries regarding upcoming concerts or performances, please email

We thank you all for your patience in responding to emails with regards to tickets in this busy period, and for your understanding with the change in dates as above.

We look forward to bringing you more live music later in the year once this madness passes, and in the mean time, please stay connected! Feel free to follow us on Facebook and instagram for engaging and interactive content in this time where we are being asked to socially isolate – thank god for technology and social media!

Sound & Waves – cancelled

As you may already be aware, the government has banned all events of 500 people or more due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While our Sound & Waves concert was expected to have a maximum capacity of 400 people (inclusive of all patrons, musicians, volunteers and staff), this morning we have made the difficult decision to cancel this performance.

While we wanted to push ahead to support our musicians, and offer our patrons some artistic relief in this crazy time, we believe this is the best option for the safety of our patrons, musicians, staff and volunteers.

All those who had purchased a ticket will have been contacted via email on the email address used to book the tickets.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch () if you have any questions or if you are a ticket holder and did not receive an email this morning.

In true Perth Symphony style, expect some fun, exciting and interactive social content for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, so please tune into our Facebook and instagram pages.

International Women’s Day

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day: a day where women across the globe unite and take a step forward, together.

Women on the Podium is an initiative created by Perth Symphony which paves the way for female conductors and leaders in music. From orchestral conducting to goal setting to media training, the program is designed to give participants the encouragement and confidence to take on this male dominated industry.

Dedicated to seeing more women on the podium, we’re so proud and inspired by those who have participated in this program so far. Take a look as we stand for WOMEN EQUALITY. #EachforEqual #IWD2020 #InternationalWomensDay

🔉What you’re listening to 🔉🎶 Ferchensee by West Australian composer Olivia Davies, performed by Perth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jessica Gethin. This stunning piece for orchestra – emotive, programmatic, beautiful, featuring the harp and strings – was the winner of the 2014 Perth Symphony inaugural composers competition and was premiered at Symphony by the Lake (March 2014).
Listen to the full recording here