Friday 10th June, 2022

A Message from the CEO

Hear from our CEO, Colin Cornish AM, ahead of the Australian Youth Orchestra's long-awaited return to the stage in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney next month.

After a difficult two years of interrupted opportunities, we are incredibly excited to be reigniting AYO’s touring program with the 2022 AYO Winter Season. A 113-piece orchestra of some of the brightest young musicians in Australia will travel to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to perform a dynamic program of Richard Strauss and Hector Berlioz.

The last time AYO musicians were on tour was 2019 – a colossal undertaking which traversed Europe, China and Australia and was capped off with a triumphant concert at Sydney Opera House. As we all remember, restrictions on mass gatherings in 2020 and 2021 were felt throughout the performing arts industry. During this time AYO modified its core programs to ensure the safety of participants and staff.

That is not to say we were sitting idly by. In 2021 AYO National Music Camp went ahead in a condensed format with the Words About Music and Composition streams taking place predominantly online. Fellowships and workshops were held over the medium of Zoom, AYO musicians participated in Artology’s Fanfare program for emerging composers, and the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program continued to deliver professional development to primary school educators.

The 2022 AYO Winter Season will welcome back renowned conductor Sir Mark Elder CH CBE to the AYO community. Sir Mark Elder first conducted the young musicians of AYO during the 1982 Adelaide Festival and has since returned a number of times, most recently in 2010 and 2015. Under his leadership the orchestra will tackle the sonic challenge of Strauss’ immense tone poem An Alpine Symphony and the overture from Berlioz’s unfinished opera Les Francs-juges – an ambitious program to celebrate the orchestra’s return to the concert hall stage.

AYO could not have navigated the challenges of the past two years without the generous support of the Australian Government, Ms Naomi Milgrom AC and the Colonial Foundation. It is a joy to see programs revived in full strength, and in January 2023 AYO National Music Camp will return to its traditional two-week time slot. We are looking forward to seeing young musicians reconnect and learn from guest artists in-person.


Book your tickets today and experience
the Australian Youth Orchestra's epic return to the stage

Sunday 10 July,
Hamer Hall,
Arts Centre Melbourne
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Tuesday 12 July, 7.30pm
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
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Thursday 14 July, 7.30pm
Sydney Town Hall
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