Historical Snapshots

To celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2007, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra published a series of short historical articles in the program books.

The nine articles, by David Garrett, were accompanied by photographs from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's history, many sourced from the rich collection in the ABC's Document Archives.

David Garrett, a historian and former programmer for Australia's symphony orchestras, has completed a doctoral thesis on the history of the ABC as a musical organisation.

Accident or Inevitability

Accident or Inevitability

Could that small group of players really have sounded anything like what we think of as an 'orchestra'? Probably not. But an anniversary stimulates the historical imagination.

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Bernard Heinze

Bernard Heinze

Bernard Heinze was the man with the vision that gave Australia its six ABC orchestras.

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Listening In

Listening In

The ABC's Sydney Symphony Orchestra was, soon after its beginnings in 1932, much more a concert than a broadcasting orchestra. This came as a surprise, to some a nasty one.

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Keep Music Alive

Keep Music Alive!

When Eugene Goossens became a person of interest to customs and police, there was wider interest in what they found in his luggage than in 'his' orchestra. 

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Composers Up Front

Composers Up Front

Players, conductors, soloists – they're all vital parts of the history of any orchestra. But there's something without which there'd be no life: composers.

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SSO on Tour

SSO on Tour

Tours are said to be good for orchestras, putting them on their mettle, but there's more to touring than the orchestra's good.

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Mackerras

Batons and Knapsacks – Chief Conductors

The return of Sir Charles Mackerras to conduct in the orchestra's 75th anniversary year, prompts the question why there have been so few Australians among the SSO's chief conductors. 

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Arts Club

At Home

The SSO spends more of its time than any other Australian orchestra in the public eye, but this is still only a fraction of its time together, the bulk of which is spent rehearsing. Where?

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Goossens Great Hall

Recording

An orchestra is a complex beast, in peak form as often as possible, but, let's admit it, not always. 

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