Vanguard Events 

Vanguard: inspirational music in inspired locations. 

Small ensembles and soloists from the Sydney Symphony showcase their virtuosity in programs of music they are fiercely passionate about. From car-parks to breweries, wharfs to warehouses, the Vanguard programs are produced entirely by the musicians themselves and are performed in quirky and unusual spaces around Sydney.

Vanguard members can also experience the full orchestra in rehearsal mode and enjoy an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes. There are up to five Vanguard events per year, a combination of “offsite” music and social events, and Open Rehearsals and concerts at the Sydney Opera House with the full Orchestra.

Events are usually held early on a mid-week evening, to suit the working professional.

The SSO and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Open Rehearsal: The Sydney Symphony and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Tuesday 19 February / 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Sydney Opera House


Vanguard at Studios 301

Studios 301 x Sydney Symphony Vanguard

Thursday 16 May / 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Get a backstage pass to the legendary Studios 301 and take in the hyper-modern production and mixing suites. Join us on the 16th May to take the tour and experience Sydney Symphony musicians up close as we play at this world-renowned studio.


Crystal Bar

Crystal Bar x Sydney Symphony Vanguard

Thursday 4 July / 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Home of Sydney’s longest-running cabaret and burlesque show, Crystal Bar is Sydney’s best-kept secret. Step back into the speakeasy era and let the music seduce you on July 4th at Sydney Symphony Vanguard.



Work-Shop x Sydney Symphony Vanguard

Thursday 29 August / 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Hear musicians of the Sydney Symphony perform at Sydney’s coolest creative space and maker’s studio: Work-Shop. Music has been curated by Sydney Symphony cellist Christopher Pidcock, who’s earned a reputation for daring programming.


Donald Runnicles conducts Fauré’s Requiem

Open Rehearsal: Donald Runnicles conducts Fauré’s Requiem

Tuesday 22 October / 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Sydney Opera House




Get access to all five events with a Vanguard Membership.

Vanguard Membership 2019: $750