Program – Romance on the Green

Welcome to Romance on the Green with the City of Rockingham!
Set out a picnic and relax to the sounds of the Perth Symphony Orchestra as they cover your favourite film tunes, orchestra classics, rock anthems and musical theatre hits.
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LEONARD BERNSTEIN – Tonight from “West Side Story”
GIUSEPPE VERDI – La Donna è mobile from Rigoletto
ABBA – Mamma Mia!
LIONEL  BART – Where Is Love from “Oliver”
IAIN GRANDAGE – All That Glisters
ANTONIN DVORAK – Song To The Moon From “Rusalka”
DAVID BOWIE – Let’s Dance
CRAIG ARMSTRONG – Love Actually Medley (Glasgow Love Theme – PM’s Love Theme)
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER – Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
QUEEN – Somebody To Love


ARAM KHACHATURIAN – Sabre Dance from “Gayane”
ICEHOUSE – Great Southern Land
EURYTHMICS – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
ELTON JOHN – Elton John Medley (Don’t Let The Sun – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word – I’m Still Standing)
DOUGLAS MACLEAN – The Gael from “Last Of The Mohicans”
INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
THE WEATHER GIRLS – It’s Raining Men
TCHAIKOVSKY – Finale from “1812 Overture”



Conductor: Jessica Gethin
Soloists: Jordan Anthony, Corinne Cowling, James Jurjevich, Mia Mattiessen, Rose Parker, Jun Zhang,
Support acts: Paris Cusack, Rose Parker
MC: Bourby Webster


Violin 1 Clarinet
Margaret Blades* Cath Cahill*
Susannah Williams Matthew Kidd
Andrea Mendham Bassoon
Sara Duhig Joanne Littlely*
Ruth Klein Cook Kate Pitcher
Teresa Vinci French Horn
Julia Watson Wendy Tait*
Kathleen Pavey Doree Dixon
Violin 2 Nicole Dixon
Helen Kruger* Emily Fitch
Runa Murase Trumpet
Brian Kruger Jenny Coleman*
Kendra Smith Adrian Kelly
Emma Buss Adam Hawksworth
Jane Cameron Trombone
Roland Adeney Bruce Thompson*
Viola Matthew Walker
Kathy Potter* Bass Trombone
Katie McKay Kieran Hurley *
Cheralyn Simpson Tuba
Grace Ah-quee Matthew Barker*
Mirjana Kojic Timpani
Cello Amanda Dean*
Sophie Curtis* Percussion
Catherine Tabi Genevieve Wilkins*
Sacha McCulloch Josh Webster
Krista Low Tom Robertson
Miranda Murray-Yong Harp
Double Bass Eliza Bourgault de Coudray*
Libby Browning* Keys
Jacqueline Dosser Mia Brine*
Kirsty Collins Guitar
Flute Ray Walker*
Diane Riddell* Electric Bass
Tresna Stampalia Karl Florisson*
Oboe Drum Kit
 Stephanie Nicholls* Peter Evans*
Alexandra Allen Bagpipes
Ryan Hodgetts
Bronwyn Innes

*Section Principal

Thank you to the City of Rockingham for inviting us to perform at Village Green tonight. This is the forth time we have performed here for ‘Romance on the Green’ and are looking forward to spending another fantastic Saturday evening with you.

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Perth Symphony Aussie Rock Program

Welcome to Aussie Rock with Perth Symphony presented by the City of Bayswater.
It’s a pleasure to be performing once again another summer community concert! This year we’re bringing a classic Aussie Rock concert filled with tunes that’ll get you jamming with the family.

To see what we’re up to next be sure to visit our what’s on page, here


MEN AT WORK – Down Under
ICEHOUSE – Great Southern Land
DADDY COOL -Eagle Rock
KYLIE – Can’t Get You Outta My Head
GOTYE – Somebody That I Used To Know
TAME IMPALA – Elephant
THE CHURCH – Under the Milky Way


INXS – Never Tear Us
COLD CHISEL – Flame Trees
DIVINYLS – I Touch Myself
THIRSTY MERC – In The Summertime
CROWDED HOUSE – Don’t Dream It’s Over
MIDNIGHT OIL – Beds Are Burning
ACDC – It’s A Long Way
JOHN FARNHAM – You’re The Voice


Conductor: Jessica Gethin
Soloists: Rose Parker, Steve Hensby, Amy Reeves

Margaret Blades (concertmaster)
Andrea Mendham
Ruth Klein Cook
Sara Duhig

Pascale Whiting
Susannah Williams
Rex Carr White

Kathy Potter
Katie McKay

Catherine Tabi
Sacha McCulloch

Sarah Clare

Tresna Stampalia

Stephanie Nicholls

Jenny Coleman

Bruce Thompson

Paul Tanner

Ric Eastman

Ray Walker

Josh Dyson

Ben Matthews

This is a FREE community event put on by the City of Bayswater with support from Lotterywest.
Thank you to the City of Bayswater for inviting us to perform tonight!

Women on the Podium 2020: Applications open!

An exciting start to the 2020 year, we’re kicking it off with Women on The Podium!
Women on The Podium is a groundbreaking initiative to encourage future women conductors and leaders in Western Australia.

The program will include several workshops, conducting masterclasses and discussions with experts in the industry, with mentoring from lead faculty members Alice Farnham (UK, Founder of the renowned ‘Women Conductors’ program) and Jessica Gethin (AU, Chief Conductor of Perth Symphony Orchestra and inaugural fellow of the Dallas Institute for Women Conductors) to develop their skills in orchestral conducting, musicianship and leadership, build confidence and knowledge to start and run their own ensembles.

“I feel more confident to get on the podium and I loved getting to net work with fantastic young women” – participant march 2019

The program is free of charge to successful applicants, thanks to generous funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Minderoo Foundation. 🎶✨

Applications are currently open and we’re inviting women of all ages with strong conducting experience to advance their skills.
Applications close: 7th of Feb
You can apply, here.

End the summer with Sound & Waves

We are excited to announce the next in Perth Symphony’s Science and Innovation series: Sound & Waves.

Immerse yourself at Perth Symphony Orchestra’s production of Sounds and Waves, a celebration of the unique and spiritual relationship West Australians have with the ocean.

Set by the sea on Wednesday 25th March at the iconic B Shed in Fremantle, the program will include a bespoke mix of music designed to evoke a sense of movement and awaken the spirit of the ocean; from classical to contemporary pieces including a WA Premiere and soundscapes. Live music from Perth Symphony strings and guest artists will be interwoven with stories told by individual West Australians whose connections to the sea are deeply profound and reflect our own experiences in this isolated but beautiful part of the world.

Whether you surf, swim, fish, sail, or came to Perth by boat, this concert aims to bring to life our Indian Ocean through a stunning music soundtrack featuring works by classical greats such as Vivaldi and Gershwin and contemporary composers including Ross Edwards and John Butler.

Allow Perth Symphony Orchestra to take you on a journey under the waves and into the heart of the sea!

Tickets and more info here.

Summer Symphony – concert program 2019

Welcome to Summer Symphony 2019, a concert presented by the City of Kwinana.

We are delighted to be back here, for the third time, performing for the lovely people of Kwinana. This year we bring you your favourite hits from George Michael, ABBA, Stevie Wonder and David Bowie, to name a few – we hope you sing your hearts out and get up on your feet and DANCE!

Tonight’s concert is conducted by Peter Moore with music arranged from a number of local composers including, Alex Turley, Cara Zydor Fesjian, Corey Murphy & Callum O’Reilly, Jess Gethin, Johannes Michael, John Hoesly, Jonathan Yang, Kathy Potter, Mark Underwood, Otis Reading, Rebecca Smith,
Matthew Freeman, Richard Sidwell and Steve Sidwell.

This is a FREE community event thanks to sponsors Kwinana Industries Council, Fremantle Ports and Lotterywest.


Welcome to Country – Shaun Nannup
Marwitt – ft. Karla Hart and Kwarbah Djookian


ABBA – Abbaphonic Overture
GEORGE MICHAEL – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
GLORIA GAYNOR – I Will Survive
STEVIE WONDER – Signed Sealed Delivered
DAVID BOWIE – Let’s Dance
THE DOORS – Light My Fire
STING – Fields of Gold
QUEEN – I Want to Break Free



MEN AT WORK – Down Under
EURTHYMICS – Sweet Dreams
TINA TUNER – What’s love got to do with it
ABBA – Mamma Mia
QUEEN – Don’t stop me now
ABBA – Dancing Queen
AC/DC & JOHN FARNHAM – Australian Rock Bagpipe Medley 


Conductor: Peter Moore
Concertmaster: Paul Wright
Soloists: Courtney Murphy, Justin Burford, Rose Parker, Sophie Foster

Violin 1
Paul Wright*
Susannah Williams Clarinet 
Teresa Vinci Cath Cahill*
Ruth Klein Cook Matt Kidd
Sara Duhig Bassoon 
Ronald Thomas Joanne Littlely*
Brian Kruger Kate Pitcher
Yasmin Omran Horn
Kathleen Pavey Wendy Tait*
Violin 2 Tim Rossi
Jasmine Skinner* Riley Byfield
Penny Reiss Calen Linke
Hannah Brockway Trumpet
Adrian Biemmi Jenny Coleman*
Emmalenna Huning Adam Hawksworth
Roland Adeney Evan Cromie
Helen Kruger Trombone
Violas Bruce Thompson*
Kathy Potter Matthew Walker
Kathie Drake Matt Barker
Mirjana Kojic Tuba
Amelia Peachment Matt Barker
Cello Timp
Sophie Curtis* Tom Robertson
Anna Sarcich Percussion 
Krista Low Paul Tanner
Hweyon Chang Keys
Bass Adam Pinto
Libby Browning* Guitar
Sarah Clare Ray Walker
Kirsty Malcolm Electric Bass 
Flute Pete Jeavons
Diane Riddell* Drum Kit
Hayley Rowntree Ric Eastman
Stephanie Nicholls*
Kate Page

* Signifies section Principal

Perth Symphony appoints an Artistic Patron

Perth Symphony Orchestra is unbelievably thrilled to announce that international conductor and self-proclaimed music revolutionary, Charles Hazlewood will step on board as ‘Artistic Patron’. A huge honour and success for Perth Symphony. As Artistic Patron, Charles will support and encourage the Orchestra throughout all future concerts and be invited to conversations about the direction and planning throughout.

Charles joins existing Patron Tim Roberts, who has been with Perth Symphony since 2015.

Charles, based in London, UK, is the founder of the world’s first Paraorchestra, and with this creation he aims to create new audiences for orchestral music as well as attempting to reinvent what an “orchestra” is. A vision which is synonymous with Perth Symphony’s mission of ‘Music for Everyone’.

Perth Symphony was delighted to work with Charles when he brought his British Paraorchestra to Perth as part of the 2019 Perth Festival, in a remarkable project called ‘The Nature of Why’.

Perth Symphony is passionate about keeping classical music and its techniques relevant for all audiences. As time moves forward they strive to move with it and with this in mind Charles was invited by Jessica Gethin (Conductor) and Bourby Webster (Founder and CEO) to be the new Artistic Patron.

“I am thrilled to be joining Perth Symphony Orchestra in their movement to challenge tradition and bring orchestral music to a wider audience,” said the critically acclaimed composer and musical director in response to his patronage.

“It is of utmost importance to communicate the value of orchestral music to those who may have not had the experience otherwise, and so it is so exciting to see more organisations taking steps to make this a reality,” he added.

“I am committed to exploring ways to connect audiences with the magic of the symphony orchestra, ensuring it is relevant to a 21st Century audience. I know Perth Symphony Orchestra, based in Western Australia, shares this vision and passion and it is my pleasure to accept their invitation to be Artistic Patron for the orchestra.”

Perth Symphony is overjoyed to have Charles on board as Artistic Patron and look forward to working with him to help keep orchestral music alive.

Find out more about Charles and his incredible work here.

Music Under the Stars – concert program 2019

Welcome to Music Under the Stars, an annual concert for ECU Alumni and Supporter.

We are delighted to be  back on this beautiful campus to perform this concert for you, in collaborations with the talented WAAPA students.

Perth Symphony Orchestra is the proud Performance Partner of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and we are delighted to have our combined orchestra on stage tonight, performing with soloists from across the Classical, Jazz and Contemporary voice departments. All music you are hearing tonight was specially arranged for your ears only – by the WAAPA Composition students.

Tonight’s concert is conducted by Tom O’Halloran and hosted by Tim White, Senior Lecturer at WAAPA.



ft. Madoc Plane, arranged by Maddy Ivy

ft. Rhys Clark, arranged by Stuart Orchard

ft. Owen Measday, arranged by Maddy Ivy

ft. Samantha Hicks & Reece Collard, arranged by Maddy Ivy

ft. Mikayla Boonstra, arranged by Elliot Peacock

ft. Stella Cain, arranged by Olivia Guelfi

Christine Anu MY ISLAND HOME
ft. Angelica Lockyer, arranged by Hanae Wilding

John Paul Young LOVE IS IN THE AIR
ft. Jordan Tomjaune, arranged by Ray Walker*

Daryl Braithwaite THE HORSES
ft. Mia Simonette, arranged by Jonathan Yang’


Jonathan Yang LEAP OF FAITH

ft. Amy Reeves, arranged by Stuart Orchard

ft. Kayla Beattie, arranged by Olivia Guelfi

ft. Lucy Iffla, arranged by Aaron Stulcbauer

ft. Ava Charleson, arranged by Kathy Potter*

ft. Reece Collard, arranged by Elliot Peacock

Hunters & Collectors THROW YOUR ARMS AROUND ME
ft. Amy Ehlers, arranged by Hanae Wilding

ft. Ashka Rhodes, arranged by Maddy Ivy

ft. Madoc Plane, arranged by Joey Eng


Bruce Woodley / Dobe Newton WE ARE AUSTRALIAN
ft. Angelica Lockyer, Sophie Herbert & everyone! Arranged by Olivia Guelfi

*Is not a WAAPA composition student



Violin 1 Oboe
Jasmine Skinner° Stephanie Nicholls°
Nadia Alexander Esther Lee
Aya Smith
Patrick Meyer Trumpet
Jenny Coleman°
Violin 2 Carl Evers
Ruth Klein Cook°
Jude Iddison Trombone
Daniel Drieberg Bruce Thompson°
Ewan Potter
Kathy Potter° Drum Kit
Erica Ketterer Ric Eastman#
Hanae Wilding
Cello Tom Robertson
Sophie Curtis° Germaine Png
Georgia Cook Joey Eng
Double Bass Keys
Libby Browning° Bob Tweedie
Oakley Paul
Electric Guitar
Flute Jackson Venables
Diane Riddell°
Morgana Giannikos Bass Guitar
Gwyneth Gardiner

° Perth Symphony musician  |  # WAAPA staff

Thank you for joining us tonight at ‘Music Under the Stars’, we hope you have a wonderful evening. Thank you to the amazing team at ECU inviting us to be part of their wonderful event, and for Tim White, the team at WAAPA and their students for being so fabulous to work with.

To hear about Perth Symphony’s exciting 2020 program (announced soon!) please join the mailing list here.
To find out more about WAAPA’s upcoming concerts and performances, as well as its courses go to:

PSO wRight Awards 2019

At every PSO birthday we hand out ‘wRight Awards’, coined after our inaugural Concertmaster, Paul Wright. These awards are given for outstanding contribution by musicians to PSO over the year, including the wRight Award, given for something memorable that happens during the year that captures what pso is all about – fun, community, creative excellence.

Below are our 2019 winners!

Artistic Recognition Award –
2016: Paul Wright for his sublime performance of the 2nd Movement of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at Beethoven, Beer, Bratwurst & Bjork
2017: Kathy Potter for her performance of the 2nd movement of Telemann’s Viola concerto (can you find the exact name & movement from the Baroque by Candlelight program) at Baroque by Candlelight.
2018: Jenny Coleman for her performance at Baroque by Candlelight
2019: Sophie Curtis for Performance for our Planet

Community Commitment Award –
2016: Zest Fest Quartet (Margie Blades, Andie Mendham, Katie McKay, Catherine Tabi) for performing Bizet in a local pub in Perenjori for no other reason than they wanted to – a gift to the community
2017: Wendy Tait for going above and beyond to connect and support the local community in Burringurrah through finding footballs and bass strings for community members whilst on a regional tour to the Gascoyne.
2018: Adam Hawksworth for always being the first to offer to help
2019: Miranda Murray-Yong for teaching one of the young dancers drums in the Wowak Project.
2019: Jenny Coleman for her work with regional kids on the Baroque Tour.

Spirit of PSO Award –
2016: Tresna Stampalia for her continual support of PSO, in particular through being a committee member for two years for Friends of PSO, giving time and ideas.
2017: Lucas O’Brien for incredible commitment to pso through the Concertmaster Development Program, attending Artistic Planning Meetings, debriefing concerts and rehearsals and helping shape the future of the orchestra.
2018: Jo Littely for going the extra mile and covering her whole face (!) in face paint at Halloween performances.
2019: Pascale Whiting for appearing in almost every bit of PR we’ve ever done and saying to anything we ask of her.

wRight Award –
2016: Paul Wright for wearing a turquoise blue shirt to 2016’s The Snowman, despite the dress code being concert blacks with a hint of red and green.
2017: Rachael Aquilina for her violin smash at Nirvana.
2018: Kieran Hurley for spontaneously busting out into baby shark at a school visit
2019: Sasha McCulloch for mustering cattle from a helicopter whilst on a trip to perform for Minderoo Foundation at Minderoo Station.

Introducing Kim Grist to the Board of Directors!

It’s exciting times ahead with Perth Symphony as we welcome Kim Grist to the Board of Directors!

Kim was the founding partner of Grist Consulting where he recently passed the baton to Peter Grist who will lead the company and is now the major shareholder. Kim remains involved in the psychology of leadership, leadership coaching, goal setting and building accountability with executives who really want to make a difference through his new role at Ventana Consulting Group.
Kim has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Oregon State University where he studied while on a Track and Field Scholarship. Kim has been a registered psychologist for 25+ years and he is considered one of the Australia’s leading business development and change management consultants and psychologists.

Kim has worked with leading organisations across a range of industries in the areas of business growth strategy formulation, leadership and business development, culture and organisational change.

Get to know Kim a better with this fun questionnaire we asked!

  • What do you love about PSO?
    he PSO attracted me on a number of levels …trying to give musicians work, introducing music to kids through our educational programmes as these experiences assist learning…introducing orchestral music to people that wouldn’t ordinarily get the opportunity, through contemporary performances.
  • What is your personal connection to music?
    My connection to music is I get to play with different people at small gigs occasionally…play a bit of guitar and sing ..contemporary stuff …..I love the fullness of an orchestra with contemporary hits
  • What was the last concert you attended?
    The PSOs Doors interpretation at His Majesty’s …before that The Stones in Perth.
  • What music are you currently listening to a lot?
    High rotation, travel, Italian Language Lessons, cooking, surfing, Running Half Marathons and A Marathon a year,  being an involved grandfather …Father and Husband…The Fathering Project Board, part time working…consulting in psychology, change, business planning and business development

Let’s get festive with Claremont Christmas!

Christmas is right around the corner, so join us for the Claremont Christmas Festival! When the sun sets, light up a candle as we perform carols for you to sing along to.

An  evening of family fun, including train and camel rides, face painting, arts and crafts activities, and a bouncy castle.  There will be a fantastic selection of food stalls to stop your bellies from rumbling, so bring along a picnic basket, grab a bite, and settle in for a festive evening under the stars.
And if you keep your eyes peeled you might spot a certain someone with a white beard and a red suit… we’ve already said too much! Just make sure you’re there because you will not want to miss our special guest.

This is a free event for the whole community. Entertainment and activities kick off at 4pm, with carols starting at 7pm.

When: Sunday, 1st December 2019
Time: 4pm – 8.30pm
Where: Claremont Park 
Find more info here.