Our players love teaming up with students to perform short works on big stages. Young musicians are seated alongside our players to gain insight into performing with a professional orchestra and develop relationships with the professionals in the section.

Each concert season since 2014, we have performed side by side with the NSW RYO students. RYO have developed a full 3-day workshop program around our performance season, which incorporates masterclasses and side-by-side public performances in the Sydney Opera House and the City Recital Hall, Angel Place.

AWO cellist Peter Morrison side-by-side with RYO students, July 30, City Recital Hall, Sydney

When we toured India in October 2015 and September 2018, students from the Melhi Mehta Music Foundation (MMMF) rehearsed and performed side-by-side with our players at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai. For some of those students, it was their first performance before an audience and an experience that will inspire them.

We regularly present panel discussions with our players for groups of student musicians to talk openly about their careers and life experiences, as well as taking questions from the floor.

Gaining access to a rehearsal is a great experience for aspiring musicians and music students alike. The opportunity to watch an orchestra work together under the batons of some of the world’s great conductors is a rare experience.

This is an opportunity to witness the energy and rigour that goes into rehearsing a world-class orchestra that is otherwise off limits to people outside of the conductor and players in the orchestra. It is a valuable learning experience with a lasting influence on the student’s understanding of music.