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

Play our ‘Bowie jukebox’ and raise money for a good cause!

Vote for your favourite Bowie song and help us raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service!

In 1990, David bowie announced his Sound+Vision tour where the public got to choose the songs included in what was billed as a Greatest Hits tour. People voted by telephone poll stretching from the Pacific to Japan and all profits from the calls went to charity.

In homage to this famous tour, we are asking YOU to vote for the song you most want to hear in STARDUST: The Music of David Bowie.

We encourage everyone who is voting to make a donation, with proceeds shared with Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. We premiered our David Bowie show at their 90th Anniversary Altitude Ball in 2018 and it was an incredible night.

VOTE HERE! Simply follow the link and click on your must haves!

Life on Mars, Heroes, Let’s Dance!.. there are so many iconic songs to choose from!

Perth Symphony is elevating women onto the podium again in 2020

Perth Symphony brings back its hugely successful ‘Women on the Podium’ initiative in 2020. The first of the two weekend-long programs takes place at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School from Friday 28th February to Sunday 1st March.

Women on the Podium in 2020 is made possible thanks to funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC), The State of Western Australia, the Minderoo Foundation and generous donations from Perth Symphony’s Women’s Conductor’s Circle.

Building on the 2019 program, a strong pool of applications were received from women aged between 17 and 60, from across Australia, some having previously studied in Europe and Russia. 12 applicants were chosen to take part in the program; however, it will engage almost 30 women throughout this weekend alone.

Alice Farnham (Founder of the ‘Women Conductors’ program in the UK) once again comes to Perth to join Jessica Gethin (Inaugural Fellow of the Dallas Institute for Women Conductors) as a mentor. The participants will also receive training in areas such as body movement, goal setting and media training, designed to give them the skills, encouragement and confidence to take on this competitive and male dominated industry.

“A huge amount has happened during the past five or six years to normalise the idea of women on the podium” says Alice Farnham, “Less than 20 years ago I was told by a male Swedish conductor that women couldn’t conduct because ‘their breasts get in the way.’ Just 6 years ago a well-known Russian conductor was quoted as saying that ‘a cute girl on the podium’ is distracting to the players.”

Women on the Podium Ambassador Jessica Gethin explained why these programs are essential to challenge stereotypes and broaden perceptions, expressing how “it often felt like I had to prove that women could conduct rather than working on how Jessica conducts! My experience in Dallas showed me how being surrounded by other conductors who were women allowed for greater artistic development.”

Complementing the #EachforEqual theme of International Women’s Day 2020, this initiative aims to improve situations for future female conductors by providing a supportive and encouraging environment for them to learn and harness their skills, not just in conducting, but in musicianship in general. Farnham concluded by saying that she very much hopes “that a program like this won’t be necessary in 10 or 20 year’s time.”

Previous participants have gone on to be accepted into other competitive conducting programs across Australia, conducted recordings with a Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra and had their eyes opened to a passion and career option they had never previously considered.

We are looking forward to a fantastic and inspiring weekend! Special thanks to St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School for hosting us again this year and lending us their fabulous facilities.

Sound & Waves program features uniquely Western Australian Stories

Intertwined with beautiful classical pieces inspired by the sea, Sound & Waves features uniquely Western Australian stories.

During the evening you will hear enchanting tales from;

Lesley Meaney – The first woman ever to swim the Rottnest Channel in 1969, making the 19.7km crossing from Natural Jetty to North Mole.

Peter Dudding – A life at sea as a Merchant Captain, Peter shares his experiences and stories about his journeys to the deep oceans.

John Longley –  From being a young boy sailing in dinghies on the Swan River to winning America’s Cup in 1983, a title defended by the United States for 132 years

Charitha Pattiaratchi –  A Professor at UWA Oceans Institute, Chari has dedicated his life to uncovering the mysteries of the deep blue sea. ⁣ A leader in his industry, he was part of the search for the missing MH370 flight.

Mark “Hillsy” Hills – Lifetime surfer, Hillsy knew at an early age he wanted to work in surfing full time and shares the influence Yallingup beach has had on his life.

Ian Scott – A lifetime member of Surfing Life Saver WA, Ian shares harrowing tales of being a lifesaver and the challenges the seas bring with high tides and stormy weather.


1. George Gershwin, Lullaby

2. Malcolm Arnold, Three Shanties

  1. Allegro con brio
  2. Allegretto semplice
  3. Allegro Vivace

3. Ross Edwards, Water Spirit Song

Performed by Sophie Curtis on the Cello and dedicated to Taryn Fiebig

4. Nigel Westlake, Ocean Sun Fish – WA Premiere

5. Antonio Vivaldi, Tempesta Di Mare

Soloist Margaret Blades on the Violin


6. John Butler, Ocean

Performed by Rick Webster on the Guitar

7. Sean Tinnion, Ocean Whispers – World Premiere

Conducted by Kate Milligan

8. Ross Edwards, Laughing Moon

  1. Ecstatic Dance
  2. Moon Song
  3. Clapping Dance

9. Katie Noonan, The Surfer

Solo Soprano Brianna Louwen

10. Rebecca Erin Smith. Clepsydra – Ocean topography, original works and World Premiere

Art displayed was created by Lousie Farnay

Piece: Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Sinfonia Pacifica – WA Premiere

  1. Recitativo, Lento Tranquillo

Conducted by Kate Milligan


Violin 1 – Margaret Blades, Teresa Vinci, Andrea Mendham

Violin 2 – Pascale Whiting, Jasmine Skinner, Ruth Klien Cook

Viola 1 – Kathy Potter, Christian Read

Cello – Sophie Curtis, Krista Low

Bass – Kirsty Collins

Flute – Diane Riddell

Clarinet – Cath Cahill

Oboe – Stephanie Nicholls

Bassoon – Joanne Littlely

Horn – Wendy Tait

Percussion – Paul Tanner

Guitar – Rick Webster

Vocal Soloist – Brianna Louwen

Conductor – Kate Milligan

Artistic Planning – Bourby Webster and Jonty Coy


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.