Schools Concerts

Challenge young minds and introduce primary and secondary students to live orchestral music through the SSO Schools Concerts series. Enrich your classroom music program with an excursion to our thematic concert experiences.


Polka Dots and Moonbeams

SSO on Tour!
Duration: 55 minutes

Shoalhaven Entertainment Center, Nowra
Wed 23 May
10am Primary, 11.30am Secondary

Wollongong Town Hall
Thu 24 May 
10am Primary, 11.30am Secondary 

Clubbe Hall, Mittagong
Fri 25 May 
10am Primary, 11.30am Secondary

Benjamin Northey conductor

In May 2018 the SSO heads South! A program of favourite orchestral works to delight and challenge students as they hear and see the orchestra in performance. 

Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Movement I
Elgar Sea Pictures, Where Corals Lie
Shostakovich The Golden Age, Movement III
Smetana, Overture from The Bartered Bride

NESA-accredited Professional Learning workshops designed to support teachers preparing students for these concerts will take place in April. Information about the workshops can be found here.

To book, fill out the booking form and forward to:

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Introduced Species

Seymour Centre, York Theatre
Tue 29 May‒Fri 1 Jun
10:30am (Years 3‒6)
12pm (Years 7‒10)
Duration: 55 minutes

Iain Grandage conductor
Katy Abbott composer-presenter

What happens when the man-made enters the natural landscape? What will happen to these pristine environments? Composer Katy Abbott, uses the true events of a cargo ship in 1992 spilling nearly 29,000 duck bath toys into the North Pacific Ocean as the catalyst for her work.

Inspired by artist Matthew Quick’s body of work, Introduced Species is a three-movement aural depiction of the Trash Vortex, one of the Pacific Ocean’s ‘garbage patches’. Katy Abbott brings the plastic that pollutes our oceans into the orchestra and challenges us to hear our environment.

This unique schools concert features composer Katy Abbott live on stage with conductor Iain Grandage and the SSO in an exploration of the ocean through sound and image. Katy Abbott appears courtesy of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the University of Melbourne.

animation challenge


The Happiness Box

Seymour Centre, York Theatre
Tue 30 Oct‒Fri 2 Nov
10.30am (Years K‒2)
12pm (Years 3‒6)
Duration: 50 minutes

Iain Grandage conductor
Jay Laga’aia narrator

The Happiness Box tells the story of three best friends, a lizard, a monkey and a frog, who find a magical box and embark upon a  journey through the jungle to discover the secret of happiness. In an act of inspiring optimism, this delightful tale was originally written for Changi Gaol’s child prisoners in 1942 by Australian POW David Griffin, and illustrated by fellow POW Leslie Greener, while they were interned. It has been adapted for young audiences by award-winning Australian film and TV composer Bryony Marks (Please Like Me, Barracuda) with music to capture the sense of wonder, trepidation and delight of the friends’ adventure. Greener’s beautiful illustrations from the 1947 edition of book accompany the narration and music.

As well as introducing children to the sounds of the orchestra, The Happiness Box's themes are timeless and universal: the value of kindness, resilience, industriousness, humour, courage, and, most importantly, the value of friendship.



Schools Concerts
Participation Fee: $120* 
Students: $12
Teacher: $12 or 1:20**

SSO on Tour!
Participation Fee: $20* 
Students: $12
Teacher: $12 or 1:20**

*Per school
**One complimentary teacher per 20 student seats purchased


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