COVID-19: 2020 Season Updates


For the first time in almost ninety years the Sydney Symphony has fallen silent.

Our performance schedule has been impacted significantly, and we regret that the majority of our concerts have been cancelled. We are planning our return once concert halls reopen and our community can safely share the power of live music once more.

Many of our community have donated their tickets back to the Orchestra and we are deeply humbled by your generosity and grateful for your expressions of support. With your help we can continue as a community of musicians and play another day.

Your options

If your concert has been CANCELLED your Sydney Symphony account has already been credited. Please consider donating the value of your tickets to help keep the Sydney Symphony alive. You can also use any credit towards later concerts, your subscription renewal or merchandise. If you are unable to donate or choose another concert, refunds are also available.

If your concert is RESCHEDULED your tickets will be valid for any of the rescheduled performances. Your seat will be maintained if you choose to attend on your original choice of day. We will contact you before new dates are made public. If you are unable to attend a rescheduled performance, please consider donating your tickets. Refunds are also available.

Whichever option you choose, there will be no additional fees and charges.

For more information, read our COVID-19 FAQs.

Cancelled Events


18–21      Beethoven Missa Solemnis | Abercrombie & Kent Masters Series

23            Elisabeth Leonskaja in Recital | International Pianists in Recital

25–28     Italian Opera Gala | Special Event

27–28     Barber and Poulenc | Cocktail Hour


01–02     Handel and Telemann | Classics in the City

15–18      Beethoven and BrahmsAbercrombie & Kent Masters Series | Thursday Afternoon Symphony | Great Classics

22–23     Shostakovich Symphony No.5 | Symphony Hour

24            Dvořák, Haydn and Shostakovich | Emirates Metro Series

30–02     Last Night of the Proms | Special Event


01–02     Mozart and Shostakovich | Cocktail Hour

13–16     Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ Part 1

18            Jonathan Biss in RecitalInternational Pianists in Recital

21–23     Northern Lights Festival Program 1Thursday Afternoon Symphony | Emirates Metro Series | Great Classics

27–30     Northern Lights Festival Program 2 | Abercrombie & Kent Masters Series | Thursday Afternoon Symphony

29            Triumphant Brass Tea & Symphony


10–11     Rebel, Gabrieli and Vivaldi | Classics in the City

12–13     Tchaikovsky and Grieg | Cocktail Hour

26–27     Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev | Cocktail Hour

24–02     Sydney Symphony Regional Tour


05              Peter and the Wolf | Family Event

08–11      Mendelssohn Violin Concerto | Abercrombie & Kent Masters Series | Thursday Afternoon Symphony | Great Classics

16–18      Brahms A German RequiemSpecial Event

29–01      Simone Young Conducts BeethovenAbercrombie & Kent Masters Series | Thursday Afternoon Symphony | Great Classics


07–09      A Global Ode to Joy | Special Event

19–20     Mozart and Beethoven | Classics in the City


05–07      A Viennese Gala Special Event 

09–11      Brahms Symphony No.4 Symphony Hour  | Tea & Symphony

11               Simone Young conducts Brahms Emirates Metro Series

14            Cédric Tiberghien in Recital | International Pianists in Recital

18–19      Mozart and BrahmsCocktail Hour

23–26      Dvořák Cello Concerto | Abercrombie & Kent Masters Series Thursday Afternoon Symphony Great Classics


07–16      Tchaikovsky and Elgar Classics in the City Tea & Symphony

11              Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding HoodFamily Event

14–17      Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 | Abercrombie & Kent Masters Series Thursday Afternoon Symphony

23–24      The Complete Brandenburg Concertos Special Event

23–24      Mozart and Françaix Cocktail Hour

26               Lauren Zhang in Recital International Pianists in Recital


04–07      Mozart and Tchaikovsky Abercrombie & Kent Masters Series Thursday Afternoon Symphony

11               Mahler Symphony No.4 Symphony Hour

13–14      Donald Runnicles conducts Mahler | Emirates Metro Series Great Classics

19–21      Christian Tetzlaff performs Brahms Special Event

22              Christian Tetzlaff performs Bach Special Event


Rescheduled Events

These concerts have been rescheduled. All valid tickets and seat selection will be honoured for these new dates.


7–9     Birds of Tokyo
           Rescheduled to 4–6 February 2021

Contact us

You can contact us by telephone, email or webchat. Please use email or webchat to update your contact details if necessary.

Phone            +61 2 8215 4600
Concert updates by email. Send a blank email to anytime and you’ll receive a bounce-back email with updates.

We’re here to serve you. Sending us an email is the most efficient way for us to support you, as we are currently experiencing high call volumes.

Please note that our office and customer service centre at The Rocks is currently closed to the public.

Advice for schools

The NSW Department of Education declaration of 15 March 2020 cancelled school excursions until further notice.

All education events from Term 2, 2020 onwards are still under review pending further instructions from the NSW Government.

For further advice and ticketing arrangements, please contact our Learning and Engagement team at

Please keep safe and well

The health and wellbeing of our community is our highest concern. For the latest health advice about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak please visit

For health enquiries please call the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080 or the health direct hotline 1800 022 222.

Thank you!

We thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during this time. We look forward to returning to the stage soon and sharing the powerful experience of live music with you once more.