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That's a Wrap! Australian Youth Orchestra International Tour of 2019. 

We are home! What an incredible four weeks we’ve had on the 2019 AYO International Tour. Thank you to ABC Classic for the summary of our past month of touring. 

Concert 9 - Homecoming Concert, Sydney Opera House

Monday 5 August, 2019

What a way to end the 2019 AYO International Tour - with a homecoming concert at Sydney Opera House! Bravo to Krzysztof Urbański, Jan Lisiecki, and the 88 incredible orchestra members on stage for such an unforgettable night; and a huge thank you to each and every person who played their part in such a successful tour across the globe.

Concert 8 - Guangzhou Opera House

Friday 2 August, 2019

At the final international concert of the AYO Tour at the Guangzhou Opera House in China.

Concert 7 - National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing 

Wedneday 31 July, 2019

It’s been 40 years since the AYO became the first orchestra to perform in China, and tonight we’ll celebrate this milestone with a concert at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

A Day in Beijing 

30 July, 2019
Exploring the wonderful sights of Beijing before our concert at the National Centre for Performing Arts. We even did a comparison between the Australian Youth Orchestra's tour in 1979 to now! 

Concert 6  - Kultursommer Nordhessen, Kassel Germany 

Saturday 27 July, 2019

The orchestra is well underway on the 2019 AYO International Tour as we hit at our last concert in Europe, performing at KulturSommer Nordhessen in Kassel, Germany. What a perfect opportunity for an orchestra group photo!

Concert 5 - Kurhaus Wiesbaden

Friday 26 July, 2019

Another wonderful performance this evening in the beautiful surrounds of Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, Germany. The building is steeped in history, and was originally a spa house that has served as the social centre of the town since the early 20th century. Thank you for having us Rheingau Musik Festival!

Image Credit: Ansgar Klostermann

Concert 4 – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Thursday 25 July 2019

Today we performed at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, one of the world's most prestigious concert venues!

Concert 3 – Opera Berlioz, Montpellier

Tuesday 23 July 2019

As part of Festival de la Radio France, AYO performed works by Glinka, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich at Opera Berlioz in Montpellier.

Image Credits: Marc Ginot

Concert 2 – Festspiele, Stolpe

Sunday 21 July 2019

AYO's second performance at Festspiele in Germany! Today they performed in Stolpe with Jan Lisiecki playing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1. We're loving the funky lighting at this venue.

Image Credits: Geert Maciejewski, Mareike Kaiser 

Concert 1 - Festspiele Ulrichshusen

Saturday 20 July, 2019

Performing the first concert on the 2019 International Tour at Festspeile! We were joined by world-renowned cellist, Daniel Müller-Schott performing Shostakovich’s first cello concerto with AYO. The venue at Festspeile was a unique experience for the musicians playing in a historic barn turned concert hall in Germany.

Image Credits: Geert Maciejewski, Mareike Kaiser

How to pronounce Jan Lisiecki 

Thursday 18 July, 2019

Were you wondering how to pronounce pianist Jan Lisiecki’s name? So were we! Thankfully Jan was on hand to clear things up for us.

Welcome to the tour Jan Lisiecki 

Wednesday 17 July, 2019

A very warm welcome to Jan Lisiecki! The renowned Canadian pianist has now joined us on the AYO tour to perform Rachmaninov and Mendelssohn's breathtaking piano concertos.

First Rehearsal with Krzysztof Urbański

Sunday 14 July, 2019

We welcomed Maestro Krzysztof Urbański to the tour! Krzysztof will lead the orchestra through their series of nine concerts over the coming weeks. In today's rehearsal, we took a look at Dvorak’s Symphony No.7.

Meet the Tutors!

Saturday 13 July, 2019

In these photographs you'll spot fifteen inspiring musicians who joined us as tutors in the Netherlands. For the week, they took time out of playing for some of the world's most renowned orchestras to share their time and expertise with the musicians of the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Rehearsals at Akoesticum 

Friday 12 July 2019

Let the rehearsals begin! A warm welcome to Associate Conductor Daniel Carter, who will guide the orchestra through the crucial early stages of preparation ahead of our concerts.

Freight Delivery

Wednesday 10 July, 2019

Today’s all-important freight delivery means that the cellos, double basses, tuba and percussion instruments have arrived, and we’re ready to roll for our first rehearsal this evening!

Welcome to Akoesticum 

9 July, 2019

The first half of AYO’s international tour involves rehearsals, tutorials and lots of practice!
Throughout this time we’re lucky enough to be staying at Akoesticum; a dedicated arts training facility in the Netherlands. Akoesticum was once an army barracks, but these days plays host to arts organisations from all over the world! Thank you to the team here for making us so very welcome

Arrival with Singapore Airlines

Tuesday 9 July, 2019

After a long old journey we’ve arrived in the Netherlands for the first stop of our 2019 international tour!Thank you to our sponsor Singapore Airlines for getting us here safely and looking after us every step of the way.

Up, up and away!

Monday 8 July, 2019

Up, up and away! 2019 AYO International Tour here we come.

Listen to the music of the 2019 AYO International Tour

Saturday 6 July, 2019

We’ve made a Spotify playlist for the International Tour repertoire to get you inspired!Have a listen while you browse through the Tour Hub.

Monty Wain chats to ABC Radio Hobart

3 July, 2019

AYO's Monty Wain dropped into ABC Hobart to chat to Ryk Goddard about life as a maths whizz and a classical musician. Monty is traveling with the orchestra on the 2019 International Tour as a double bassist. Listen now.


Tour Locations 

26 June, 2019

We checked in with members of the orchestra to discover the locations they're most looking forward to visiting on tour!

5 Words or Less Challenge!

1 July, 2019

The musicians of the Australian Youth Orchestra tell us what part of AYO's International Tour they're most excited about.