Collaboration Providing Unique Opportunities for Australian Students

Image Credit: Eric Macdonald (Sydney Symphony Orchestra & The Arts Unit)
Clare Kenny
| November 7, 2017

One of Australia’s most respected major performing arts companies, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra enjoys a well-earned reputation for excellence in performances and in the provision of learning opportunities for students and teachers. Their latest offering was titled ‘The Bush Concert’ and was presented in collaboration with NSW Department of Education‘s – The Arts Unit.  A week of schools concerts culminated in a final family concert at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday 5 November.

The concerts featured the work, ‘The Bush Concert’ by Adelaide composer, Mark Simeon Ferguson. In this work, members of the orchestra bring the sounds of the Australian bush to life in a heart-warming interactive performance, specifically designed for young people. The score is inspired by Helga Visser’s picture book of the same name.

Over 5,000 NSW school students attended the concerts at the Seymour Centre (Tuesday 31 October – Friday 3 November) and more than 12,000 watched online on Thursday 2 November in a live stream facilitated by The Arts Unit. This stream was shared with all 3,000+ Music: Count Us In registered schools as pre-show entertainment to Celebration Day.

The collaboration between the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Arts Unit and Music Australia is featured in this video package below.

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