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Open Rehearsals

Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall

Step behind the scenes and enjoy a rare glimpse into the creative process. Students and teachers can see a performance take shape through the interactions of conductors, soloists and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal.

Ideal for Stage 5 and 6 Music students. Available to groups of up to 20 students.

Please note that Open Rehearsal dates and times may be subject to change and repertoire rehearsed on the day is subject to the conductor’s focus.
Not all of the program repertoire may be covered in the open rehearsal. 


First teacher – included in the annual Participation Fee
Students – $20 per student. Please note that the maximum group size is 20 students.
Additional teachers – $20 per teacher


Scottish Fantasy

Scottish Fantasy

Thursday 7 March 2019, 10.30am


In this rehearsal you will witness Beijing-born violinist Tianwa Yang as she works with conductor Asher Fisch to develop Bruch's Scottish Fantasy. Then listen to Mendelssohn’s gift for melody and subtle orchestral colour in his evocative “Scottish” Symphony while later discovering the musical devices employed by Strauss in his tone poem inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Simone Lamsma plays Beethoven's Violin Concerto

Wednesday 3 April 2019, 10am


Alexander Shelley is one of the most exciting young conductors of his generation. A natural communicator on and off the podium, he will explore the turbulent emotions of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony in this rehearsal. Students will be astonished by the virtuosity of Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma as she rehearses Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Sydney Symphony.

Yulianna Avdeeva plays Chopin
Piano Concerto No.1

Wednesday 15 May 2019, 10am

Chopin/Brahms arr. Schoenberg

Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva’s dazzling dexterity and thrilling assurance have made her a Chopin interpreter of renown. Students will not only witness her brilliant musicianship, but also experience the extraordinary textures of Schoenberg’s orchestral transcription of Brahms’ piano quartet. This will be a unique experience for students and teachers alike.

Shostakovich Symphony No.4

Shostakovich Symphony No.4

Wednesday 28 August 2019, 10am


Conductor Mark Wigglesworth returns to work with the Sydney Symphony to develop a landmark performance of Shostakovich’s enormous Fourth Symphony. James Ehnes, always a captivating performer, will also be making a return visit to the Orchestra. Students will have the opportunity to see the unspoken communication between musical collaborators of the rarest skill as soloist, conductor and the Orchestra prepare Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto.

Holst's Planets

Wednesday 25 September 2019, 10am


Students will be enthralled as they observe Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony develop Holst’s famous aural galaxy. The same rehearsal offers the chance to see Russian pianist Alexei Volodin as he prepares Nikolai Medtner’s brilliant first concerto and consider the question: What makes a composer or a work "great"?


Schools Concerts for Secondary Students

Schools Concerts for Secondary Students

The perfect introduction to live orchestral performance and the diverse world of western art music.


Meet the Music Season Packages

Meet the Music Season Packages

Our flagship concert series for students provides an invaluable and affordable opportunity to inspire students.


Join our Learning and Engagement Program

Join our Learning & Engagement Program

Get access to our teacher workshops and give your students access to discounted concert tickets.