may, 2018

20may1:00 PM4:30 PMMelbourne String Orchestra Festival


Event Details

2018 Melbourne String Orchestra Festival

Sunday May 20, 2018

12:15 – 4:00pm


Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre

Xavier College Senior Campus
135 Barkers Road Kew VIC 3101

Audience Concert Entry: Gold coin donation

To participate contact Julie Hewison –

‘A Festival Rondo’ by Richard Meyer

Conductor: Patrick Burns

Patrick Burns was born in Sydney, Australia and studied French Horn and Conducting at the Melbourne and Queensland Conservatorium. In Australia, he is the chief conductor and music director of the Ipswich City Orchestra and XL Arts Inc. He is also the current Hephzibah Tintner Conducting Fellow with the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Internationally he has made guest appearances with the National Theater of Serbia (Otello), State Opera of Bulgaria Ruse (Rigoletto, Nabucco, Turandot), and the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria. In 2017, he was the assistant conductor with British Youth Opera and conducted the covers performance with the Southbank Sinfonia. He won the Jury’s Prize at the 2015 Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition in Bulgaria and the Orchestra’s Prize in 2016 Black Sea Opera Conducting Competition in Romania.

Aside from his professional engagements, Patrick has always had a passion for community music making. From 2010 to 2014 Patrick was the Music Director for the Monash University Chorale Society, and from 2011 to 2014 was also the Music Director for the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has twice led the Queensland Wind Orchestra to win first place in the A Grade Australian National Band Championships in 2007 and 2014. He has worked with numerous community groups in Victoria including the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Citi Opera, Melbourne Opera, Opera Studio Melbourne, Preston Symphony Orchestra, and Stonnington Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 he started working for the inspirational School of Hard Knocks Association, working with several of their choirs across Melbourne. Most recently he was the music director for the 69th Annual Intervarsity Choral Festival held in Melbourne, which saw participants from university choral societies across come together to perform at the Melbourne Town Hall with the Melbourne Opera Orchestra and guest soloists.


(Sunday) 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Xavier College

135 Barkers Rd, Kew