The Outreach Programme aims to bring classical music experiences to young people who don’t have opportunities to engage with professional musicians in their ordinary lives.


The AWO is proud to continue its relationship with the NSW Regional Conservatoriums and the NSW Regional Youth Orchestra (RYO) providing young musicians from regional areas the opportunity to travel to Sydney to attend workshops and Masterclasses presented by AWO professional players culminating in performances at the Sydney Opera House and City Recital Hall. This programme offers an invaluable experience to young players who ordinarily would not get the opportunity to rehearse in a professional environment and perform at such a venue.

In 2019 students from regional NSW formed the RYO Quintet with AWO Cellist Peter Morrison (Danish National Symphony Orchestra) sharing the stage of the City Recital Hall, Sydney for an outstanding performance of Aleksandr Glasunov’s String Quintet Op. 39, 3rd movement.

RYO Quartet and AWO cellist Peter Morrison, City Recital Hall, 2019


The AWO returned to India in 2018 with a 3-city education programme that engaged students and teachers at the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Mumbai and A R Rahman’s Sunshine Orchestra in Chennai through workshops and masterclasses that will have an immeasurable and lasting impact on their lives and musical careers.

We were also very lucky to spend a day with the Centre for Autism India (CAI) in Kerala where violinist Belinda McFarlane, violist Patricia Pollett, percussionist Troy Greatz, mezzo-soprano Caroline Meng and our chief conductor Alexander Briger delighted the children and audience with a wonderfully interactive afternoon of music, dance and learning. The AWO’s partnership with CAI helped to increase awareness and remove the stigma surrounding children with autism in India where a staggering 1 in 68 kids are diagnosed with autism and there are an estimated 10 million people living with autism.

In 2015, AWO musicians visited underprivileged children in schools in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi to introduce them to classical instruments and music. The programme centred on the Diwali Festival and encompassed 45 minutes of interactive storytelling that involved playing percussion instruments and learning songs with movement for children aged 7-17 years. Most of these children have never had the opportunity to engage with professional players nor be immersed in the sounds and sights of a classical music performance.


As part of the AWO’s 2016 tour to Singapore, seven AWO musicians and Elena Kats-Chernin conducted masterclasses for students at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. This opportunity to learn invaluable insights from professional players is often out of reach for most music students. It’s an experience that will continue to inspire them throughout their studies and into their careers.