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Classical Music in Perth and WA

From Shubert to Star Wars, Mozart and Metallica, WA’s orchestras offer diverse year-round programs to delight young and old in traditional as well as unexpected settings state-wide. The West Australian Symphony Orchestra is WA’s largest and busiest performing arts organisation comprising a resident company of full-time, professional musicians, while WA Charity Orchestra is made up of more than 200 volunteers who aim to change lives through music.

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Experience Mozart by Candlelight with Perth Symphony Orchestra

Experience Mozart by Candlelight with Perth Symphony Orchestra

Set in the stunning St George’s Cathedral, flooded by candlelight, Perth Symphony Orchestra will bring to life the music of...
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WASO presents a free evening of classical music at Claremont Park

WASO presents a free evening of classical music at Claremont Park

The Town of Claremont presents “A Night on Bay View”, a free performance on March 9th from 5pm – 8pm in...
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Award winning soloists join WACO at Perth Concert Hall for a night of classical favourites

Award winning soloists join WACO at Perth Concert Hall for a night of classical favourites

World-renowned soloists join the WA Charity Orchestra, under the direction of Samuel Parry, at Perth Concert Hall this Saturday, February...
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Guides


Passionate Strings

Enjoy a night of soaring in the skies of string music, a performance that will keep you on your toes.

  • Dates:Sep 27
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Music,Classical Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Classical
  • Ticket Price FROM:$24
  • Ticket price TO:$29
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Paul Wright
Performed by: String Camerata and Paul Wright

A night of romance and passion, as Paul Wright directs WAAPA's String Camerata in a ravishing program of music for strings. From the dynamic sounds of the Baroque through to the magical world of high romance, the String Camerata transports you to a place of dreams, centred around the rich melodic tapestry of Joseph Suk's masterpiece, Serenade for Strings in E- at major. Be swept away by a night of soaring string music!


Performance dates
27th Sep 7:30pm

Ticketing information
$29 - Full
$24 - Concession/Friends

Bookings open
23rd Jul - Friends
30th Jul - Public

Marvels And Curiosities

This innovative performance by WAAPA staff and students will transport the listeners to exotic and astonishing places through the sound of various instruments.

  • Dates:Sep 28
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Time(s):3 pm

Details

  • Ticket Price:$26 Concession/Friends, $32 General
  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Classical
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Geoffrey Lancaster
Performed by: Piano students and Geoffrey Lancaster

WAAPA staff and students introduce and play instruments from WAAPA's astonishing collection of Historical Keyboard Instruments. Square pianos, grands of varying ages and nationalities, harpsichord, clavichord, harmonium and antique synthesisers – this is a concert to fire the imagination, move the heart and to delight the ear.


Performance dates
28th Sep 3:00pm

Ticketing information
$32 - Full
$26 - Concession/Friends

Bookings open
23rd Jul - Friends
30th Jul - Public

Alice Giles: Harp Celebration

Join us for a celebration of the relaxing beauty of the harp, performed by the talented soloist Alice Giles.

  • Dates:Oct 6
  • Time(s):2 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Ticket Price:$20 concession/ friends, $30 general
  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Classical
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Alice Giles
Performed by: Alice Giles and stars of the Perth Harp Festival

In the hands of the brilliant Alice Giles AM, the sound of the harp ignites the imagination and transports listeners to places of exotic beauty. One of the world's leading harp soloists, the Australian-born musician leads the Perth Harp Festival in a celebration of exquisite harp music showcasing the talents of Perth's harpists.

Tickets are available from The Harp Society of WA.


Performance dates
6th Oct 2:00pm

Ticketing information
$30 - Full
$20 - Concession/Friends

Bookings open
23rd Jul - Friends
23rd Jul - Public
 

Soup Nights 3: GreyWing – [ text ]

The 3rd instalment of Tura's monthly serving of new sounds presents GreyWing - [ text ]

  • Dates:Oct 8
  • Time(s):7 - 10pm
  • Venue:The Sewing Room

Details

  • Hosted By:The Sewing Room & Tura New Music
  • Venue Address:317 Murray Street, (Basement) Wolf Lane, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$5
  • Ticket price TO:$15
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:Tura New Music
  • Music:Classical,Gig Guide,Other Music

Description

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Arguments, babble, comments, dialogue, expressions: its only talk. Words have often driven music and this concert brings together recent local and international examples of “text in music”. European sensations Jennifer Walshe and Cathy van Eck highlight the surreal possibilities of observation and declamation, Brisbane-based Vanessa Tomlinson and Eric Griswold explore memory and anticipation, while locals Annika Moses and Lindsay Vickery bring the personal and the political dimensions of words. The concert also features a new work by mercurial Paris/Perth performance artist Emmanuelle Zagoria.

Tura Soup Nights are a new monthly serving of sound. On the second Tuesday of each month starting in August, The Sewing Room will be the home of new sounds from sonic artists from both near and far. They are a platform for new curators and new cross-disciplinary collaborations. A place for artists from different backgrounds and art forms to meet, share ideas and make new connections.

Time: 7-10pm
Tickets: $5 – $15 at the door
Venue: The Sewing Room, 317 Murray Street, (Basement) Wolf Lane, Perth

Beethoven's Eroica

Inspired by the ideals of the French revolution, this work is a triumph of artistic will over tragic adversity.

  • Dates:Oct 11 - 12
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Classic Series

Description

Inspired by the ideals of the French revolution and the German Enlightenment, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony is also a deeply personal statement. 

Vaughan Williams drew inspiration from the musical glories of Tudor England in his Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, a sublime fusion of sacred music and folksong.

Iain Grandage is one of Australia’s most exciting, creative and collaborative composers, and his new Concerto is written especially for longtime colleague and friend, WASO’s Principal Cor anglais, Leanne Glover.

Conductor: Douglas Boyd 
Cor anglai: Leanne Glover 

Mozart By Candlelight: A Modern Twist to Mozart Classics

Perth Symphony Orchestra’s ever popular Candlelight series is back after a year’s hiatus, to celebrate and reimagine the music of none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

  • Dates:16 October 2019
  • Venue:St. George’s Cathedral, Perth

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Symphony Orchestra
  • Venue Address:38 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA
  • Ticket Price FROM:35
  • Ticket price TO:90
  • Type:Classical Music,Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Music:Classical

Description

Perth Symphony Orchestra’s ever popular Candlelight series is back after a year’s hiatus, to celebrate and reimagine the music of none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including a brand new commission by Australian composer Joe Chindamo.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of Silverstream wine as you enter the stunning St. George’s Cathedral, flooded by candlelight and prepare for an uplifting night of music by one of the world’s greatest composers, juxtaposed with works by living composers Joe Chindamo (AUS) and  Jonathan Dove (UK) drawing inspiration from Mozart’s musical legacy.

Inspired by Dove’s ‘An Airmail Letter to Mozart’, the program is woven together with letters written by Mozart himself, giving a unique insight into the mind of one of the most famous composers throughout his lifetime.

TIME: Doors and bar from 5.30pm, Concert from 6.30pm

Plus! Join us in the Burt Hall for a pre-concert talk and drink with composer Joe Chindamo (Melbourne) from 5.45pm – 6pm.

DATE: Wednesday 16th October

WHERE: St. George’s Cathedral, Perth (38 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000)

TICKETS: On sale 10am Tuesday 3rd August

$90* Premium seating | $60* General Admission | $35 Kids (17 and under, seating within the General Admission area)

* tickets include a glass of wine

This concert is made possible thanks to funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and support from Silverstream Wines and generous donations. Special thanks to Sustainability Partners Minderoo Foundation and Tim Roberts Giving, and Foundation Partner AHG.

 

More info can be found at https://perthsymphony.com/pso_event/mozart-by-candlelight/

Organ Symphony

Alexander Gavrylyuk returns to perform Prokofiev’s brilliant First Piano Concerto

  • Dates:Nov 15 - 16
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Classic Series

Description

To hear Perth Concert Hall’s 3000-pipe organ in all its glory is an experience in itself; to hear it in the exhilarating finale of Saint-Saëns’ grandly romantic Third Symphony is completely unforgettable!

This spectacular and richly melodic work is brought to life by the exciting young French conductor, Lionel Bringuier.

Conductor Lionel Bringuier 
Piano Alexander Gavrylyuk

Opera at Twilight

This outdoor concert will be a memorable evening of opera music under the stars.

  • Dates:Nov 16
  • Time(s):Gates Open 5.30pm
  • Venue:Stirk Park

Details

  • Venue Address:Stirk Park, Elizabeth St, Kalamunda WA 6076
  • Ticket Price:$40
  • Type:Classical Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Classical,Opera

Description

Pack a picnic basket and bring the family along to experience an unforgettable night of ‘Opera at Twilight’. A star-studded line up, including some of Perth’s finest opera singers, Ileana Otto-Johansen, Kristen Bowtell and Jeremy Ryan, will join the ‘Dolce Ensemble’ on stage. The evening is sure to be a unique experience, with funds raised on the night going back into the community.

Patrons are encouraged to bring their own picnic chairs, blankets and opera glasses, with free bottled water available on the night. Audiences will experience a variety of opera and classic music, including pieces from Rigoletto, Phantom of The Opera and Les Miserables, with special guest Paul O’Neill and many other internationally celebrated performers taking the stage. 

 

Opera at Twilight

This outdoor concert will be a memorable evening of opera music under the stars.

  • Dates:Nov 23
  • Time(s):Opens 6,30pm
  • Venue:Hyde Park

Details

  • Venue Address:Hyde Park, Vincent St & William St, North Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$40
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Classical,Opera

Description

Pack a picnic basket and bring the family along to experience an unforgettable night of ‘Opera at Twilight’. A star-studded line up, including some of Perth’s finest opera singers, Ileana Otto-Johansen, Kristen Bowtell and Jeremy Ryan, will join the ‘Dolce Ensemble’ on stage. The evening is sure to be a unique experience, with funds raised on the night going back into the community.

Patrons are encouraged to bring their own picnic chairs, blankets and opera glasses, with free bottled water available on the night. Audiences will experience a variety of opera and classic music, including pieces from Rigoletto, Phantom of The Opera and Les Miserables, with special guest Paul O’Neill and many other internationally celebrated performers taking the stage.

 

Perth Harp Festival

The inaugural three day Perth Harp Festival, hosted by the The Harp Society of Western Australia, will feature a variety events for harpists of all ages and abilities

  • Dates:Oct 4 - 6
  • Time(s):Commences 8.30am
  • Venue:Edith Cowan University

Details

  • Hosted By:The Harp Society of Western Australia Inc.
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$74.50
  • Ticket price TO:$229.50
  • Type:Classical Music,Festivals
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors
  • Music:Classical

Description

With the kind and generous support of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, the Perth Harp Festival will include a host of events for harpists, harp-lovers and curious members of the public. Renowned harpist, Alice Giles, will take masterclasses and coordinate an ensemble of harpists who will perform in the concert at WAAPA on the afternoon of Sunday the 6th.

 

Alice Giles is one of the world's leading harp soloists, the Australian-born musician will lead the Perth Harp Festival in a celebration of exquisite harp music showcasing the talents of Perth's harpists.

 

Visit www.harpsocietywa.org.au for the schedule and more info

Peter And The Wolf

An entertaining FREE event for the children of WA following the adventures of Peter and friends attempting to catch the wolf!

  • Dates:Oct 5, 7, 9, 10, 11
  • Time(s):11.00am to 11.35am
  • Venue:Perth Cultural Centre
  • Festivals:AWESOME Festival 2019

Details

  • Venue Address:Pert Cultural Centre, 47 James Street Mall, Northbridge, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Classical Music,Free,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Performing Arts:Ballet
  • Music:Classical

Description

This outdoor performance follows the story of Peter and the Wolf. Peter’s grandmother doesn’t want him going beyond the garden gate, but he doesn’t listen and sees a wolf! Created by the West Australian Ballet for the children of WA, this performance will delight kids of all ages as they listen to the music of Perth Symphony Orchestra and witness Peter and his other animal friends  friends attempting to capture the scary wolf.

After every show, kids have the opportunity to join in on a free activity with the West Australian Ballet’s Teaching Artists. Bring the family along to discover the magic of the ballet this October!

This remarkable performance is a free general admission event with no ticket allocations or bookings requires

 

The Parisian Guitar

Enjoy the sparkling music of Parisian guitar at this riveting performance by WAAPA.

  • Dates:Oct 9
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Ticket Price:$24 concession/ friends, $29 general
  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Classical
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Jonathan Paget
Performed by: Classical Guitar students, Plectra Guitar Ensemble and the Indian Ocean Ensemble with Jonathan Paget

Join us for a celebration of the beauty, passion and romance of the Parisian guitar. From 16th century counterpoint through to post-modern guitar bards such Dyens and Kleynjans, the French have had a long love affair with the guitar. Enjoy musical gems from this rich body of work performed by the Classical Guitar students and Plectra Guitar Ensemble, with a highlight performance by WAAPA's classical guitar expert Jonathan Paget of Ferdinando Carulli's Petit Concerto de Socie´te´ on a period instrument, accompanied by the Indian Ocean Ensemble.

Performance dates

9th Oct 7:30pm

Ticketing information
$29 - Full
$24 - Concession/Friends

Bookings open
10th Sep - Friends
17th Sep - Public
 

Westwards By Iceberg To Tokyo Bay

Come and listen to WAAFA students celebrating The Scratch Orchestra.

  • Dates:Oct 11
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Classical Music,Music,Free
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Classical
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Lindsay Vickery
Performed by: Composition and Music Technology students and staff

In 1969, The Scratch Orchestra sprang into being in London. Led by Cornelius Cardew, this experimental music ensemble spent the next five years challenging the ideas of what it is to be a composer, a musician, an audience, an amateur or an expert. This grand experiment in collective music-making allowed anyone to join, used graphic scores, and emphasised free improvisation. Fifty years on, WAAPA's Composition and Music Technology students celebrate the zany, shape-shifting world of The Scratch Orchestra.

Performance dates

11th Oct 7:30pm

WA Youth Orchestras Presents - Peter & the Wolf

Returning by popular demand, the WA Youth Orchestra brings Prokofiev's timeless classic to life!

  • Dates:Saturday 12 October & Sunday 13 October
  • Time(s):10am & 11:30am
  • Venue:Perth College - Judith Cottier Theatre, Mt Lawley

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Youth Orchestras
  • Venue Address:Perth College - Judith Cottier Theatre, 31 Lawley Crescent, Mt Lawley. WA 6050
  • Ticket Price:$14 per person
  • Type:Classical Music,Music,Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,Wheelchair Access
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral

Description

Peter & the Wolf - with the WA Youth Orchestra
 
*All Family Concert. Recommended children's age, 4 years and up.
 
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October 
10am & 11:30am
PERTH COLLEGE - Judith Cottier Theatre (Mt Lawley)
 
WA Youth Orchestra
Slim Jim, presenter 
Jen Winley, conductor
 
Returning by popular demand in the school holidays, WAYO brings Prokofiev's timeless classic to life - a tale which entertains and provides a fascinating introduction to music and the instruments of the orchestra.
 
Families will be spellbound by the story of a young boy's adventures with his grandfather, a sly cat, a silly duck and of course - a wolf!
 
With a live full orchestra, a special introduction to the instruments of the orchestra - all in the comfort of a wonderful theatre it's a family event not to be missed.
 
proudly presented by St John of God Health Care, Community & Family Partner
 
Book now on Eventbrite
 
$14 per person (unallocated seating)
No booking or processing fee!
 
Children under 2 are free (ticket required) provided they do not require a seat.
 

Viscount Launches in WA

Viscount Classical Organs are coming to Australia!

  • Dates:12 October 2019
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Chapel of St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls

Details

  • Hosted By:Viscount Classical Organs
  • Venue Address:Bay View Terrace, Mosman Park WA 6012
  • Type:Classical Music,Free,Music
  • Music:Classical,Free
  • Ticket Price:FREE EVENT! No bookings required

Description

Viscount Classical Organs are coming to Australia! Dr Joseph Nolan's performance will demonstrate why Canterbury Cathedral and York Minster in the UK chose to use Viscount digital organs while their pipe organs were being restored.

This is a unique opportunity to hear a quality digital organ played by one of the world's greatest concert organists. Joseph will play pieces by Bach, Franck, Guilmant and Widor.

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