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.


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

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**

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


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