The Festival of Instrumental Music features musically diverse performances from more than 1000 public school students in Combined Recorders and String Ensembles, supported by individual items from talented vocalists, instrumental soloists and ensembles. The Combined Recorder repertoire includes Simple Gifts, a traditional Shaker song in a new arrangement by Tracy Burjan and Susan Sukkar; Three Brothers specially commissioned from Australian composer Alex Cronin; and a new light hearted jazz work, to be performed with the Combined Strings, Bluz for Suz by Australian composer Andrew Robertson. The string repertoire includes Vortex by Robert Longfield; Adagietto by Hans Scheepers and Danza Hellenica by Loreta Fin. This Festival will also feature the NSW Public Schools Wind Bands, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra.
In collaboration with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Festival Chorus gives a long overdue performance of Dvořák’s Mass for the Dead, one of his finest choral creations. Conducted by Brett Weymark, they’re joined by some of Australia’s top vocal soloists for an evening of musical drama and emotion.
Returning for its 12th year, the 2019 Series features a range of musical styles and masterclasses including some of the world’s greatest classical musicians, from renowned solo artists to acclaimed quartets and vocal artists.