Program Books

Be prepared… Read the program book in advance.

Program books online

All our free program books for subscription concerts are available to download on our website so you can read up on the music in the week of the concert. Simply search for the concert you're attending in our What's On calendar or use the Search icon above.

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Free programs

We've been offering free program books to audiences at all our subscription* concerts since 2007. We're proud to have been the first major concert presenter in Sydney to do this and delighted to see other presenters in town do the same.

Read all about it

Sydney Symphony Orchestra programs set out to give you a deeper appreciation and understanding of the music we play and the artistic thinking behind the programs we present. And they make a great souvenir of the concert.

Here's what you'll find inside:

  • program notes by leading writers on music
  • Keynotes: the essentials for each piece in a speed read
  • artist biographies
  • guides to broadcasts and further listening
  • occasional incidental articles
Please share with your companion

We want to be environmentally responsible, so if you're attending the concert in a couple or group, we ask you to share programs, one between two.

*Please note that for most pop concerts and selected special events outside our subscription series we continue to sell large-format souvenir programs. We regret that these programs are not free and are not available for download.