An Unexpected Journey

Posted 30 Oct 2014

Our next concert “An Unexpected Journey” will be at Turramurra Uniting Church (10 Turramurra Ave, Turramurra) on 7 December at 2:30pm.

Tickets are $20 (adult) and $5 (child) online or at the door for $25 (adult) and $5 (child).

The details are also available on Facebook.

NSW State Bands Championship

Posted 18 Aug 2014

In a couple of weeks time our Wind Ensemble will participate in NSW State Bands Championship. We will be performing on Sunday the 31st of August  in the Q Theatre at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith.  Our allocated time slot starts at 12pm, but we’ll be there earlier to warm up and have some last minute practice.

Did you know that Winds participated in this championship a number of times and even got a third place back in 2012?

Good luck this time, Winds!

Symphonies, Spies and Superheroes

Posted 07 Aug 2014

Our next concert will be at St. Ives Uniting Church (Corner of Mona Vale Rd & Douglas St, St. Ives) on 17 August at 2:30pm. The title is “Symphonies, Spies and Superheroes”.

Tickets can be purchased online for $20 (adult) and $5 (child) or at the door for $25 (adult) and $5 (child)

The details are also available on Facebook.


2014 Annual dinner update

Posted 31 Jul 2014

On Saturday 26th July 2014, the Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra celebrated their Annual Dinner in The Showroom at Hornsby RSL. This years’ theme was “A Winter Wonderland – Christmas in July”. The Showroom was a great backdrop of blue and silver colour with a forest of balloons, fairy lights, trees adorned with lights, snowflake projections and sparkling table settings. Over 240 guests were treated to an amazing dinner and outstanding performances by all the NSYO ensembles.

David Griffin, our MC for the night kept us all entertained and did a fabulous job conducting the NSYO Symphony. Emily Palethorpe lead the Strings and Sinfonia and Tim Ferrier lead his Wind Ensemble in award-winning performances. Kate Palethorpe also did an incredible job accompanying all our solo artists and small group ensembles.

Phenomenal music was not the only entertainment on offer. The younger children enjoyed the colouring and drawing table and everyone loved the Photo Booth – it was a great opportunity to dress-up, go crazy with friends and take home a picture as a record of the night.

After sumptuous dessert, in a first for the NSYO Annual dinner, the dance floor came alive with disco dancers of all ages! A wonderful evening was had by all and was an outstanding showcase of the talent and the opportunities that the NSYO provides. Special thanks must go to Hornsby RSL for their generosity again this year. This event would not be possible without their support.

Our next event is “Symphonies, Spies and Superheroes” on Sunday 17th August at Turramurra Uniting Church – 2.30pm.

Czech Mates – what really happened

Posted 10 Jun 2014

On Saturday, 17th May, the Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra assembled before an audience of almost 200 people, to bring us a wonderful evening of brilliant performances with the overall theme of “Czech Mates”, celebrating music from the Czech Republic.

Our String Orchestra, conducted by David Griffin played 5 pieces including the Slavonic Dance (Dvorak) and Dragonhunter (Meyer). This young orchestra, which includes students from both primary and high schools, has developed under the guidance of Emily Palethorpe and played beautifully on the night.

Next up, we heard from Sinfonia, starting with Finale – Serenade No.9 ‘Posthorn’ (Mozart) and finishing with a strong performance of Brandenburg Concerto No.5 (Bach), once again conducted by David Griffin.

Our Wind Ensemble, conducted by Tim Ferrier treated us with 3 pieces: Sunrise Song (Barrett), Slavonic Dance No 8 (Dvorak) and a final enthusiastic performance of music from the Incredibles (Giacchino).

We were fortunate to have the Roseville College Chamber Orchestra perform on the evening, who under the guidance of David Griffin, performed Slavonic Dance Op.72, No 2 (Dvorak) followed by ‘The Moldau (Smetana).

The Symphony Orchestra displayed their talents with 3 pieces Symphony No.9, Movt I (Dvorak), Lachian Dances No.1 Starodavny (Janacek), finishing with American Suite – Movts I, II & IV (Dvorak).
To wrap up the evening’s entertainment, the NSYO Symphony and Roseville College Chamber orchestra joined forces to bring us the to our finale for the evening with an impressive performance of Symphony No.9 – Movt IV (Dvorak).

A special thank you must go to all the volunteers involved on the night who assisted with catering, bringing or taking equipment away, and organising the evening. Considerable thanks also go to our Conductors David Griffin and Tim Ferrier who led our musicians so capably on the evening.

Finally, a big thank you goes to all our performers on the evening, who came together to bring us a wonderful evening of music and enjoyment, through their skill and commitment as talented musicians.

Christmas in July – A Winter Wonderland Concert

Posted 10 Jun 2014

The Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday evening the 26th of July. The venue is the Hornsby RSL Club. Start time 6pm.

This is an opportunity to create a table for your friends and family and have a “ball”. The food at the RSL is excellent and you will be treated to some superb dinner music by our talented ensembles as well some solo items.

Put this date in your diary and on your calendars now and ask all your friends. It is an amazing opportunity to have a wonderful social night out. Tickets will be available for purchase through try booking at a later date. You will be able to book tables if you would like to sit with friends. If you don’t wish to organise your own table – that is OK as there are many opportunities to join some other parents from your child’s ensemble. There will be player tables as well so the young ones can be with their friends.

All ensembles and some solo players will be performing on the night. All members are invited to perform solos or in small groups on the evening to provide background dinner music. Please let your conductor or manager know if you are interested in performing a piece so we can put you on the program and arrange any accompaniment.

Dress code smart casual. Tickets are $55 for adults (15yo and above) and $25 for children. Childrent under 3 attend for free. The ticket cost includes entry, concert and buffet dinner. Check out the Facebook event and invite your friends!

Czech Mates

Posted 10 Apr 2014

Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra proudly presents “Czech Mates” for their first concert of the year!

Experience in concert the inspiring music of the great Czech composers Dvorak, Smetana, Janacek and more, including music from The New World Symphony, The Moldau, Slavonic Dances and more.

Special guest: Roseville College Chamber Orchestra

Venue: Turramurra Uniting Church

Date: 17th of May 2014

Time: 7pm

Online tickets: $20 (adults), $15 (concession), $5 (children, 12 and under)

Tickets at the door: $25 (adults), $15 (concession), $5 (children, 12 and under)

If you are on Facebook – join the event there!


Annual General Meeting

Posted 10 Mar 2014

The Annual General Meeting for the Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra will be held at Beecroft Presbyterian Church Hall on Thursday 27th March, starting at 6.30pm.

There are various positions vacant and we need all parents to consider whether they are able to volunteer their time to ensure that key roles and tasks are covered and the organization can continue to operate this year. We need the following roles to be filled:

Assistant Manager – Symphony
Concert Manager
Annual Dinner Committee Manager

Every assistance will be given to anyone taking on any of these positions. Do consider it and help the NSYO to function well this year.

Performance at Government House

Posted 04 Mar 2014

On Wednesday 26th February fourteen players from both the Sinfonia and the Symphony Orchestra were invited to perform at Government House.

The function was one organised by the Property Industry Foundation (PIF) an amazing organization of enterprising business people in the community who among other things raise money and help develop projects to assist young Australians who have hit hard times and who are homeless and in drastic need of professional help and accommodation.

The PIF regularly has functions and activities such as yachting regattas to raise this money. Last December the NSYO played at their invitation at a function at the Royal Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli. This was so successful that we were this time invited to Government House to perform for the assembled guests and also given the extra honour of playing for the Governor of NSW Her Excellency Dr Marie Bashir. The Governor is Patron of the organization and she was very happy to offer the wonderful venue of Government House for the function, as the PIF projects are very dear to her heart.

The NSYO had fourteen in all; violinists, violists, cellists and one oboe and the ensemble performed a number of Baroque and Classical pieces as well as some more up tempo items. David Griffin, the NSYO Musical Director and Conductor of the Symphony conducted the ensemble. The sound was beautifully balanced and all the guests including Her Excellency enjoyed a polished performance. The players were thrilled to be able to have a good look at the sumptuous reception rooms with their amazing paintings and surrounds. Later they were all asked to stand on the staircase and chat to the Governor and have some photos taken.

Flashmob video

Posted 21 Jan 2014

NSYO’s symphony orchestra organised a flashmob in November last year. Watch the video here.


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