Celebrating ‘International Podcast Day’

When we’re not filling our ear holes with amazing music, we love to binge on some insightful and thought-provoking podcasts. To celebrate International Podcast Day 2019🎙, we thought we’d share some of our favourites:

1. TED Radio Hour
Based on Talks given by speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each podcast follows a theme – happiness, innovation followed by conversations that bring these ideas and concepts to life!

We particularly love their deep dives into topics around the arts and music. Have a listen to their recent episode; How Art Changes Us, featuring painter and sculptor Titus Kaphar, painters Dre Urhahn and eL Seed, textile artist Magda Sayeg, and conductor Benjamin Zander, each sharing ideas on the transformative nature of art and its ability to shape the way we see ourselves and the world around us.

2. Decomposed
If you’re a classical music fan – this podcast is right up your ally. Listen to the stories, secrets and scandals that have shaped
the genre of classical music! It’s a riveting podcast with a mix of stories accompanied by symphonies.

We love all six episodes, which share stories about Clara Schumann, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Beethoven and Gershwin.

3. Disgraceland
It’s not always about beautifully composed music – not with the Disgraceland Podcast anyway! Listen in to the criminal stories surrounding the most interesting and infamous music pop stars! 

From murder to misdemeanours dive into the colourful past of musicians.

4. The Guilty Feminist Podcast
I’m a feminist but…one time I went on a women’s rights march, and I popped into a department store to use the loo, and I got distracted trying out face cream. And when I came out the march was gone.”

We particularly enjoyed Episode 131: Women in Classical Music, featuring Soprano Nadine Benjamin and Episode 150: Disobedience with our very own Ofa Fotu (Hot Brown Honey)!

5. Thoroughly Good – Classical Music Podcast

The perfect podcast to wind down to and listen to artists, writers, and audience members talk about  the world of classical music and the concert-going experience.



Did you know that Perth Symphony has a foot (or an ear!) in the podcast game too? Listen & subscribe today!
Available on Spotify and Soundcloud, come dive into the inspirations and thoughts behind our concerts.

Check out our latest podcast; Episode 027 Love Him Madly: The Doors Reimagined featuring Corey Murphy and Callum O’Reilly – the two young and talented composers who arranged all the music behind the concert. Keep an ear our for the next episode coming soon with composer Joe Chindamo, who was commissioned by Perth Symphony Orchestra to reimagine Mozart’s famous ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’.


We welcome PROGRAMMED to the Perth Symphony family!

Perth Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce that Programmed have joined as a Platinum Partner.

Programmed is a leading provider of operations and maintenance services across all industry sectors including education, health, infrastructure, manufacturing, transport and mining in Australia and New Zealand. With over 25,000 staff, they are one of Australia’s largest employers.

Having long standing sponsorships within the sporting realm, we are delighted to be the first major arts organisation Programmed have chosen to partner with. Programmed incoming Managing Director, Glenn Thompson noticed an appetite for the business to invest in the arts.

“Arts and culture provides the community with the opportunity to express themselves and increase creative thinking, it allows people to come together,” said Glenn.

“Music automatically creates a sense of community and by partnering with the PSO we’re helping facilitate a culture of inclusion.”

Perth Symphony CEO and Founder, Bourby Webster says the orchestra has grown to be one of Perth’s most unique orchestral experiences.

“We want people to feel like they belong to something bigger, our music is that something. It’s relatable to all, across generations, and is one of the only things in society that can draw in crowds from different demographics and backgrounds at once,” said Bourby.

“We’re proud to be giving the community a chance to experience the magic of the symphony orchestra, and by partnering with Programmed we’re able to continue doing so.”

In addition to this, Perth Symphony welcomes Coogee – a privately owned chemical manufacturing company based in Kwinana Beach on board as an Orchestra Partner. This is a fantastic fit as Perth Symphony has performed a major summer concert in Rockingham each summer since 2017 alongside an extensive education program, visiting over 6,000 kids across 13 schools in this time.

Having performed to over 43,000 people across Perth last summer, Perth Symphony is achieving their mission of ‘music for everyone’ and by partnering with companies such as Programmed and Coogee, who understand the value of music and the arts in the community, we look forward to taking the magic of music to even more people all across Western Australia in the future.

Farewell to Board member, Suzanne Ardagh

Perth Symphony thanks and bids farewell to Suzanne Ardagh as she leaves the Perth Symphony Board of Directors.

Suzanne joined the Board at the end of 2017 and while we are sad to see her go, we thank her for her contribution over the years.

Bourby Webster, Perth Symphony CEO & Founder noted,

“Suzanne has helped Perth Symphony grow during some of our busiest years to date. Whilst her support behind the scenes has been fantastic, she is also an exemplary patron, often being the first one up and dancing at our contemporary concerts!”

A huge supporter of the arts in Perth, we look forward to catching up with Suzanne and hearing about the next exciting chapter in her life at the next Perth Symphony concert!

WIN the ultimate ‘Doors’ Weekend Package!

Head over to the Perth Symphony & Palace Cinemas Facebook page for your chance to win the following amazing prize!

Prize includes:
* 2 exclusive ‘AAA package’ tickets to ‘LOVE HIM MADLY: The Doors Reimagined’ which includes an all inclusive food & beverage package pre- and post- show on Friday 2nd August at His Majesty’s Theatre. Full information here.
* 2 tickets to the ‘The Doors: The final cut’ film, on the opening night of the PALACE TOURING: MUSIC FILM FESTIVAL 2019 on Thursday 1st August.
* An overnight stay at The Alex Hotel, Northbridge
* 2 double passes to any other films within the PALACE TOURING: MUSIC FILM FESTIVAL 2019
* The Doors ‘Waiting For The Sun’ 50th Anniversary Deluxe Remastered Edition on vinyl courtesy of Rhubarb Records in East Vic Park

TO WIN, simply
1. Find the Facebook Competition Post on either the Perth Symphony or Palace Paradiso Cinema‘s Facebook page
2. Tag a friend and tell them “Hello, I love you”
3. Enter as many times as you like, by commenting in separate posts

You can enter as many times as you like by tagging multiple people in separate posts.
Competition closes 11.59pm Monday 29th July, 2019 (WST).
Winner will be contact via Facebook with details on how to collect tickets for all included events.
One winner will be chosen at random from across the two posts linked above.
Tickets and prizes are transferable but not refundable.
All tickets and prizes are transferable as a package (to 1 person) and not transferable as individual entities.
Full terms & conditions for the hotel stay at the Alex Hotel, Northbridge are written on the voucher.
Vinyl record and Hotel voucher will be available for collection on entry to ‘LOVE HIM MADLY: The Doors Reimagined’ on Friday 2nd August.
By entering and participating, entrant agrees to hold harmless, defend and indemnify Facebook from and against any and all claims, demands, liability, damages or causes of action (however named or described), losses, costs or expenses, with respect to or arising out of or related to (i) entrant’s participation in the Sweepstake, or (ii) entrant’s participation in any Prize related activities, acceptance of a Prize and/or use or misuse of a Prize (including, without limitation, any property loss, damage, personal injury or death caused to any person(s).
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People of all ages, backgrounds and musical tastes streamed into His Majesty’s Theatre on Friday 2nd August as Perth Symphony took them on a psychedelic trip for their ears. As the audience put on their laser specs, they were transported to the roaring 60s and were embraced with music from one of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Doors.

As the second instalment in the Perth Symphony’s Reimagined series came to an end, the orchestra was met with a full standing ovation with cries asking for more of Justin Burford’s amazing performance, inspired from Jim Morrison.

Thank you to Presenting Partner KPMG for making this concert possible.

Here’s what reviewers are saying:

Karen Sainsbury, Xpress Mag – 8.5/10 stars – Read the full review here.

“The musicians dressed to the theme of the 60s with beehive wigs and knee high boots spotted, a personal favourite being the beatnik tucked away in the back row. The crowd was all set for a psychedelic experience evoking the 60s and a new way of hearing the music of The Doors – and of course the lyricism of Jim Morrison, performed by Justin Burford.

 This experience took us places the original music never did, places that were hiding between the original notes and the dark places inside Jim’s lyrical mind. ”

Leigh Andrew Hill, Out in Perth – 4.5/5 stars – Read the full review here.

“when the lights came on we were immediately engaged with the visual feast of the entire orchestra dressed in a vibrant and eclectic mix of 1960’s attire”

Andrew Thompson, Around the Sound –  Read the full review here.

“The show itself was a riot of sound.  It was kind of like Phil Spector got hold of The Doors’ music back at the peak of his creativity, before guns and crazy wigs were his calling cards, and squeezed every drop of creative goodness out of it.

…Justin Burford inhabits Morrison’s reptilian epidermis so convincingly that, close your eyes for a moment, and you could believe that Jim was still alive.”

Karen Lowe, Amnplify – Read the full review here.

“By Break On Through, people were standing and singing along before giving a standing ovation to Burford and the conductor, Jessica Gethin before they walked off stage. Of course, you knew there was only one song that would (or could) officially end the show – The End and they truly saved the best for last.

Burford walked back on and looked at the audience. “You haven’t left yet?” He asked. “That means we have more work to do.” The arrangement for this one was perfectly melancholy and sombre – exactly what this song calls for.”

The Rockpit Australia – Read the full review here.

“Perth Symphony Orchestra were Rock Stars tonight. After tackling ‘Nirvana’ in their first Re-imagined concert taking on the greatest hits of one of the world’s most-loved bands is something you really do need to experience..”


After receiving nothing but positive and supportive feedback, ‘Women on the Podium’ returns in August!

The initiative originally launched in March this year and encouraged women to become great leaders through providing education in the art of Conducting.
Perth Symphony Chief Conductor, Jessica Gethin heads this second weekend program, which will engage eight participants and as well as a number of observers. Jessica has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the world of conducting, conducting across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA, as well lecturing conducting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). 

If you’d like to learn more about Perth Symphony Orchestra’s Women on the Podium initiative, check out this video from our first weekend program in March 2019. 

We’d like to thank St. Mary’s Anglican Girl’s School for hosting us once again, to our Women’s Conductors’ Circle and the Minderoo Foundation for proving the funds to make this exciting program a reality.



Recording Peter and the Wolf for West Australian Ballet

We are excited to be in the studio recording Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ for West Australian Ballet this year!

The story of Peter and the Wolf is one of bravery, innocence and kindness.

For those who aren’t familiar, it is a sweet tale of Peter, whose grandfather warns not to go beyond the garden gate because of lurking wolves. But when he does and a wolf appears, Peter must work with his other animal friends to catch the scary creature!

This work has become Prokofiev’s most popular creation, with over 400 recordings and several films – including an animated Disney Feature.
This specially adapted fairy tale is the perfect way for young children (and their grown-ups!) to discover the magic of ballet. 
Peter and the Wolf will be performed as part of the Awesome Arts Festival in October 2019. 

When: 5th to 11th of October 2019 
Where: Perth Culture Centre
Tickets are free – more information can be found here.

Disclaimer: Information correct at time of publication. Management reserves the right to alter details as this may become necessary.


WOWAK (breathe) is a magical performance, resulting from a collaboration between four Noongar family groups and Perth Symphony Orchestra.

Experience Noongar culture that has resounded throughout Western Australia for thousands of years and experience a new way of the old.

You can expect a beautiful performance of Noongar dance, song, and story, both traditional and contemporary woven together with classical instruments and composition to create a fresh, original evening of song.

WOWAK is composed by Rebecca Erin-Smith and draws on music from the Wadumbah, Middar, Kwarbah Djookian and Koolangka Kreate cultural groups. WOWAK is presented as part of the Fremantle’s Festival’s ’10 Nights in Port’.

When: Sunday, 21st July 2019
Time: 6:00pm
Where: Freo Social
More info and tickets here.

This project is proudly supported by BHP.

Bourby is awarded Western Australian of the Year, Arts & Culture!

Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) CEO, Bourby Webster has been celebrated for her contribution to the arts with the Western Australian of the Year Art & Culture award.

The award, which was presented as part of the annual WA Day celebrations, recognises excellence in achievement and contribution to the development, promotion and profiling of arts and culture in WA.

Bourby, founder of the not-for-profit Orchestra, has been a driving force for increasing the accessibility of orchestral music in WA.  Since founding the Orchestra in 2011, PSO has performed to nearly 350,000 people in locations all over the State.

Commenting on her award, the former violist turned business-woman said: “This award is a true honour and is further validation that WA recognises and appreciates the work we do. 

“We work hard to ensure symphonic music is accessible to everyone and that there are exciting opportunities for emerging conductors and young musical talent.

“Music is a force and we see first hand the social and cultural impacts it has on our communities from improved health and wellbeing to increased social interaction and cultural connection.” Bourby added.

“Accolades like this are so valuable.  They help raise profile and with that comes new funding and growth opportunities.  Ultimately we want to nurture the next generation of musicians and continue to increase our reach and impact and the value of classical music across WA.” Bourby said.

PSO was established in 2011 with a mission to delivering world-class musical experiences across Western Australia –  ‘Music for Everyone’.  It is known for supporting the growth of classical music opportunities for young musical talent and for ‘breaking the rules’ through its delivery of creative, immersive and engaging musical programs and events. The Western Australian of the Year awards form part of the annual WA Day celebrations and recognise outstanding contribution to arts and culture, sport, youth, indigenous, business and professions by those born and bred in Western Australia, or those who have chosen to make Western Australia their home.

Reimagined Series Gets a Sequel

Known to be an orchestra that constantly breaks the boundaries and borders of what an orchestra “should” do, Perth Symphony is bringing another smashing and innovative concert to the His Majesty’s Theatre stage.

After the immense success of “UNPLUGGED: Nirvana Reimagined” in 2017 (and an encore in 2018) the next powerful instalment in this series comes in the form of another killer group; The Doors.

They were the counterculture giants of the 60’s and one of the highest selling rock bands of all time, the Doors took the world by storm. This comes as no surprise considering their frontman was the charismatic Jim Morrison: An American Poet.

Taking their name from Aldous Huxley’s mescaline-imbibed book ‘The Doors of Perception‘, from 1967 they released eight albums in five years to become as important and influential as acts such as Janis Joplin, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and even The Beatles.

The Doors have always been of great interest to many of Perth Orchestra’s musicians and staff members, with songs such as ‘Light My Fire‘, ‘LA Woman‘ and ‘Riders Of The Storm‘ how could they not entice you?

KPMG Presents ‘Love Him Madly: The Doors Reimagined’ on Friday August 2nd at His Majesty’s Theatre. Tickets on sale now! Book via His Majesty’s here or on Ticketek here.