1980s


By the 1980s the Australian Youth Orchestra had established itself as a prominent organisation supporting young musicians. Attendance at National Music Camp was now in the thousands.


Album History

AYO recorded it's first commercial recording in 1959.

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Performance History

1980

Adelaide Festival of the Arts
Conductor: Eric Schmid
ABC Family, Schools and Subscription Concerts
Melbourne
Conductor: Niklaus Wyss
Soloist: Howard Penny, cello

Choral concert with The Melbourne Chorale
Melbourne
Conductor: Myer Fredman
Soloists: Nance Grant, soprano; Lauris Elms, contralto; Anson Austin, tenor; Grant Dickson, bass

1981

Festival of Sydney
Sydney
Conductor: Denis de Coteau
Soloist: Roger Woodward, piano

ABC Subscription, Family, Youth and Schools
Adelaide
Conductor: John Hopkins
Soloists: Jane Peters and Geoffrey Michaels, violins

Adelaide Festival Centre Trust International Organ Festival
Adelaide
Conductor: John Hopkins
Soloist: Martin Haselböck, organ

1982

Adelaide Festival of the Arts
Adelaide
Conductor: Mark Elder
Soloists: Sarah Walker, mezzo-soprano; John Treleaven, tenor; Bruce Martin and Keith Hempton, basses

Gala Opera Concert with The Australian Opera Benevolent Fund
Sydney
Conductor: Stuart Challender
Soloists: Joan Sutherland, Rita Hunter, Leona Mitchell, sopranos; Rosina Raisbeck, Rosemary Gunn, contraltos; Sergei Baigildin, tenor; Robert Allman and John Germain, baritone; Donald Shanks and Clifford Grant, basses; The Australian Opera Chorus

Choral Concert with the Sydney Philharmonia
Sydney
Conductor: Peter Seymour
Soloists: Rhonda Bruce and Romola Tyrell, sopranos; Lauris Elms, contralto; Sydney Philharmonia

1983

Festival of Perth
Perth
Conductor: Ronald Zollman
Soloists: Gyorgy Pauk, violin; Ralph Kirschbaum, cello; Peter Frankl, piano

1984

Gala Farewell Concert
Melbourne
Conductor: Ronald Zollman
Soloist: Jeffrey Crellin, oboe

"The Ambassadors Symphony” – Tour of European Festivals
Melbourne (Australia); Dubrovnik & Ljubljana (Yugoslavia); Le Touquet, Paris (France); Amsterdam (The Netherlands), London, Edinburgh, Cardiff (UK)
Conductors: Sir Charles Mackerras, Ronald Zollman
Soloists: Walter Despalj, cello; Phillip Fowke, piano; Jean-Claude Malgoire, oboes; Barry Tuckwell, horn; John Williams, guitar

1985

Come Out ‘85” Festival in Adelaide
Adelaide
Conductor: Christopher Seaman
Soloist: Geoffrey Tozer, piano

1986

Adelaide Festival
Adelaide
Conductor: Alexander Schneider
Soloists: Elizabeth Campbell, mezzo-soprano; Gidon Kremer, violin

Three State TourSydney, Canberra and Melbourne
Conductor: Ronald Zollman
Soloist: Carl Pini, violin

Inaugural Australian Youth Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra Collaboration
Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne
Conductor: Ronald Zollman

1987

Festival of Sydney
Sydney
Conductor: Ronald Zollman

“Australia Take A Bow” Soundtrack recording
Sydney
Conductor: John Hopkins

AYO/ACO Collaboration Concert
Sydney and Canberra
Conductor: Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich
Soloist: Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich

1988

"Music For Australia Day” Concert
Sydney
Conductor: Carlo Felice Cillario
Soloist: Allan Zavod, piano; John Howard, narrator; Sydney Philharmonia

NSW Royal Bicentennial Concert
Sydney
Conductor: Tommy Tycho
Soloists: Don Burrows, multiple woodwind; James Morrison, trumpet

Easter Chorale and Bicentennial Gala Concert
Sydney
Conductor: Evelino Pido (Verdi, Requiem), Charles Farncombe (Handel, Messiah)
Featuring: World Festival Choir

Opening of the New Parliament House
Canberra
Conductor: John Hopkins
Soloist: Yvonne Kenny, soprano

International Festival of Youth Orchestras
EXPO 88 Brisbane
Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
Soloist: Alexander Korsantiya

Grand Bicentennial Tour
Brisbane (Australia), Singapore, London (UK), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Interlaken (Switzerland),La Roque d’Antheron, Paris (France), Cologne, Ludwigsburg, Berlin, Frankfurt (Germany), and Budapest (Hungary)
Conductors: Sir Charles Mackerras, Christoph Eschenbach, John Curro
Soloists: Tzimon Barto, Lesley Howard and François René Duchable, pianos; Jane Peters, violin

1989

Festival of Sydney Performance
Sydney
Conductor: Louis Fremaux
Soloist: Miriam Gormley, soprano

IBM Concert
Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney
Conductor: Edouard Chivzel
Soloists: Geoffrey Tozer, piano; Julian Smiles, cello; Melbourne Chorale Occasional Choir

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