Perth Symphony announces C.A.L.M relaxation concert in the CBD

Announcement! A brand new symphonic concert is coming to Perth, created by Perth Symphony Executive Director Bourby Webster.

Shake off the post work blues and stresses from the day and be taken away by the magic of music when Perth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jessica Gethin performs Mozart’s Symphony No. 41.

“The therapeutic benefits of music have always been known and now the audience will be able to fully immerse themselves into Mozart’s mellifluous music, allowing the stresses and strains of modern life float away,”

– Bourby Webster

This is a concert focused on improving your mental health and wellbeing. A truly mindful experience.

Read more HERE.

We thank co-presenter MSWA and concert partners Hewshott International and the City of Perth.

Perth Symphony raises almost $12,500 in End of Financial Year campaign

We are delighted to announce that our End of Financial Year 2017/18 ‘buy a bar’ fundraising campaign was a success, raising almost $12,500!

Over the month of June 2018, we posted a series of videos to our social media pages and stories, of our musicians playing several bars of ‘Ode to Joy’ but being unable to finish! We encouraged people to ‘buy a bar’ so our musicians could finish the song, and thanks to you, our musicians were able to do just that!

To everyone who donated: thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. Every donation takes us closer to being able to achieve amazing things, and every dollar goes an incredibly long way. Whether it is delivering education initiatives (we have reached over 14,400 children and teens so far), creating magical community concerts, pioneering unique concert concepts or developing WA talent, we are changing lives and making memories.

A huge thank you as well to our amazing musicians for jumping on board to be part of and help share our campaign!


Unplugged: Nirvana Reimagined back by popular demand!

It was the sold out success story of 2017 when Perth Symphony Orchestra and Justin Burford presented UNPLUGGED: NIRVANA REIMAGINED at His Majesty’s Theatre, a unique concert that has since led to international interest in the artists and charts written for the show. After receiving so many emails, messages and phone calls from people who missed out or those who are dying to see it again, we’ve listened! And we’re bringing it back – for one night only.

“This was no regular concert, this was an immersive experience… The performance left no doubt as to why this event sold out well in advance. Unsurprisingly, they received a well-deserved standing ovation.”
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“the first thing that struck you was the stage set up with the lilies and the candles … you just knew that Kurt would have been so happy with it.”

“beautifully heart-stopping, a testament to the talent… There were cheerleaders, crazy lights… and it was so overwhelming I didn’t know where to look. But when one of the violinists came out and smashed a violin onto the stage floor, everyone’s attention was very much directed there. It was ridiculously fun…”

More information on this concert can be found HERE.

When: Friday 28 September
Where: His Majesty’s Theatre
Tickets: From $79 +bf – on sale now!

Book here.

PSO Executive Director Bourby Webster finalist for Western Australian of the Year Award

We are delighted to announce that Perth Symphony Orchestra’s Executive Director Bourby Webster is a finalist for the Western Australian of the Year Arts & Culture Award. She was nominated by PSO supporter and donor Paula Rogers.

Bourby had this to say about her nomination:

“I’m exceedingly honoured. PSO is only where it is today because of PSO’s amazing team, who have worked and continue to work tirelessly over the years, and always go above and beyond. So, in my view, the nomination is actually for all of PSO!”

The Western Australian of the Year Awards will be held at Crown on Friday 1st June, and we wish Bourby the best of luck. As all of us at PSO, and anyone else who knows Bourby will attest, this nomination is well deserved!

You can read Bourby’s story, along with the stories of the other Arts & Culture finalists HERE.

‘Baroque by Candlelight’ returns to the Armadale Arts Festival 2018

Perth Chamber Orchestra will be returning to St. Matthew’s Church in Armadale on Saturday 12th May, as part of the Armadale Arts Festival.

Children will recount their experiences of living in Baroque times as Perth Chamber Orchestra (PCO) presents their most acclaimed concert to date: “Baroque by Candlelight”

Following a sell-out perform in August 2017 at St. George’s Cathedral, this concert transports patrons back in time, offering an unforgettable evening.

Enhancing your musical experience with a glass of wine and sweet in hand this is just the entrée for a feast of baroque music set to warm the heart in the candle-lit Church.

Intended to offer a unique musical, spiritual and historical experience, the concert will be under the artistic direction of Jessica Gethin, the leadership of virtuoso violinist, Paul Wright, with soprano Prudence Saunders, and solos from Jenny Coleman (trumpet) and nine-year-old Joshua Crestwell on the banjo.

CLICK HERE for tickets!

Perth Symphony Orchestra to perform with Michael Bolton

We are excited to announce that Perth Symphony Orchestra will perform with Michael Bolton as part of his Symphony Tour on 24th June Perth Concert Hall.

Perth Symphony Chief Conductor & Artistic Director Jessica Gethin will not only be conducting at this concert, but will also be joining Michael for the duration of his tour across Australia and New Zealand to conduct. We wish her a fun and exciting journey on tour!

Multiple Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist, Michael Bolton has announced he will be touring Australia in June 2018. MICHAEL BOLTON SYMPHONY TOUR will feature Michael performing with a full orchestra as he takes fans on a musical journey of the Greatest Hits – those he has released himself and those he has written for others.   

“Its always a joy to tour Australia and I look forward to coming back in June and playing all my greatest hits with a full orchestra.  Its going to be a fun tour and I look forward to seeing you all there,” said Michael Bolton.  

Known for his soulful voice and touching lyrics, Michael will deliver his catalogue of hits accompanied by a specially selected 30 piece orchestra and joined by a soon to be announced special guest.  

Led by Jessica Gethin, the orchestra will deliver the soulful classics with rich grandeur as Michael brings his own energy and passion to make for a truly extraordinary evening. 

Michael Bolton is one of music’s most successful and loved performers.  His songs are some of the best selling songs of all time – “How Can We Be Lovers,” “When A Man Loves A Woman,” “Said I Love You.. But I Lied” and many more. He has covered some great music classics – his version of Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay” topped charts acoss the world and is still heard  on radio today.   

Click here for tickets to the Perth show!

Perth Symphony receives glowing review for Ministry of Sound: Orchestrated

We are delighted to have received a glowing 8.5/10 review for our performance with Ministry of Sound: Orchestrated in King’s Park for Mellen Events last month.

Alfred Gorman of Xpress Magazine had the following to say:

“There’s nothing quite like a live orchestra in full flight. Something about the layered tapestry of many instruments in sync, all combining to create a huge sound. The rising strings, the bassy drone of brass, the intricate percussion and delicate melodies dancing over the top.

Conductor Jessica Gethin stood on a platform front-right, back to the crowd, with the orchestra in the palm of her hand, wearing sneakers and tight, black leather pants. This was not your average orchestra.

There was definitely a lot of love in the air. The crowd didn’t want it to end. It took time for the smiling, shell-shocked people to disperse, still basking in the glory of a very special, memorable performance – one that really tugged at the heart strings and evoked a lot of memories. Bravo!”

You can read the full review here.

Groove Terminator, also known as Simon Lewicki, is the creative brains behind Ministry of Sound’s ‘ORCHESTRATED’. He joined Perth Symphony Executive Director Bourby Webster for a podcast about how we planned to blur the boundaries between a dance floor in Ibiza and traditional concert hall. You can listen to the podcast here.

Photo: Duncan Barnes, Mellen Events

Second night added for ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’


Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and WAAPA Gospel Choir have announced a second Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Music of Stevie & Aretha concert at the Astor Theatre on Wednesday, May 30, in addition to the previously announced and close to sold out first show on Thursday, May 31. Tickets to both shows on sale now.  

CLICK HERE for tickets.

Balcony seats only available for Wednesday 30th May as the Stall are booked for a private event, however the show remains exactly the same for both nights.

Board of Directors

We are so grateful for the time, effort and generosity of our Board of Directors.

PHIL THICK (Chairman)

Phil is a Civil Engineer whose career commenced with Alcoa at their Kwinana alumina refinery.  He then moved to Shell where he had a 20 year career in Australia and around the world and was Downstream Director for Shell Australia for his last 3 years.  This was followed by a 5-year stint as CEO of Coogee Chemicals in Kwinana and then as Managing Director of New Standard Energy Limited, a junior listed oil and gas explorer based in Perth.

Phil joined Tianqi Lithium Australia as General Manager in August 2016.  He is responsible for the construction and operation of the $700 million Lithium Hydroxide Processing Plant in Kwinana, which commenced construction in October 2016.

In addition to his “day jobs” Phil has been on the Board of Avivo, one of WA’s largest Not-for-Profits, for 10 years and Chairperson for the past 7 years.  He has also had other Board roles with Esperance Port Authority, Disability Services Commission and Wesley College.


Bourby is a graduate of Oxford University in Music, the Royal College of Music in London in music performance (viola), and the University of Western Australia with an MBA for which she was awarded the Charles Harper Prize for contribution to the course and a Director’s letter for academic achievement.

She has been a recording artist, professional musician, and worked in several corporate roles in Marketing and Business Development for both private companies including Moore Stephens, DTZ, BBC Television, and MWH Global; and not for profit organisations such as the WA Institute of Sport and the Perth International Arts Festival.

In 2008 she left employment to set up North Street Consulting and North Street Music, the former generating income to support the latter. North Street Music founded the Perth Symphony Orchestra which first performed in November 2011.

Bourby is on the Committee of the Oxford University Society in WA, plays viola in the Western Australian String Quartet, and lectures business skills to musicians at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. She is in demand as a producer, presenter and guest speaker.


Joanne Palmer is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and currently an audit partner at Pitcher Partners in Perth. chartered accountant.  She was previously at EY for 19 years, seven as an equity partner, and led EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services team in Perth.

At EY, prior to her role leading the Financial Accounting Advisory Services team, Joanne worked principally in the field of assurance and audit services.  Joanne has over 22 years’ experience providing audit and assurance services on company listings, mergers, acquisitions and takeovers and has significant experience in auditing the operations of mining companies, particularly those that have international operations.


Suzanne is a professional director and leads the Board Advisory Service for Executive Search Firm Lester Blades.  Her career has spanned diplomacy, corporate affairs, tertiary education and professional associations. She has lived and worked in Europe, Latin America and South East Asia where most recently she established the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ international division.

As a Director, Suzanne has served on both international and national Boards.  In addition to current roles with West Coast Fever Board and the Cancer Council, she is also the independent Chair of Stanley College, a private VET provider and Councilor of HBF Health Fund and a WA Committee member of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce.


Niamh is the Director of Donald Cant Watts Corke’s business, a multi- discipline advisory and project delivery firm that delivers strategic and innovative solutions in high risk projects in Western Australia and nationally. From commencement of her role as director in 2017, Niamh has trebled the size of the WA PM Business through the principles of LEAN Six Sigma into an industry leader and long-term sustainable business. Niamh is a member of Curtin University Project Management Advisory Board and a member of the Australian Institute of Company directors. Her skills include:  Strategic Planning, Governance, Project Management, Contract Negotiations, Procurement and Contract Management, Dispute Resolution, Risk Management, Independent Certification.

Johannes Luebbers – arranger for ‘Faith & Freedom: The Music of George Michael’

We were delighted to collaborate with one of Australia’s most interesting young composers, Johannes Luebbers, to write charts for our recent Faith & Freedom: The Music of George Michael shows. We invited him over to Perth to conduct the concert when we performed for the 10,000+ people at ‘South Perth Sounds’ in February.

Executive Director Bourby Webster interviewed Johannes last month shortly before the show – you can listen to the podcast here or via your favourite podcast app.

Winner of the 2011 ‘Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year’ (Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards) and the 2011 ‘Jazz Work of the Year’ (APRA/AMC Art Music Awards), Johannes Luebbers has established himself as one of Australia’s leading jazz composers. Graduating from WAAPA in 2006, Luebbers studied arranging with Graeme Lyall. He has been the recipient of numerous other awards, and has also released two albums with the Johannes Luebbers Dectet (JLD), which was established in 2007.

You can listen to some of his compositions here.

Perth Symphony began the podcast series ‘Music on the Move’ in 2017. Now up to its 10th episode, the podcast has seen us gain insight through interviewing inspiring contributors such as Justin Burford, Ros Appleby, Paul Wright and Gordon Hamilton.