july, 2018

17julAll Day21YOUNG MANNHEIM SYMPHONISTS 201847 students nominated by schools in the Sydney area spent four intensive days of tuition, sectionals, workshops, and rehearsals culminating in a performance of Mozart’s 'Haffner' Symphony.


Event Details

In 2018, Richard Gill AO is excited to be guiding us through Beethoven’s first symphony. This landmark work was written in 1800: a turning-point in the tumultuous shift from restrained classicism to individual expression. Musical audiences and tastes were changing. In response, composers, instrument makers, and performers were pushing the limits.

The Young Mannheim Symphonists is a unique series of rehearsals, tutorials, and workshops, held over four days at the beautiful Santa Sabina College in Strathfield. Students will learn first-hand how Beethoven embodied Romantic expressive ideals. They will discover how different this music sounds when played using historically-informed style. Most importantly, students will leave this course equipped to continue on their own paths of discovery.

Young Mannheim Symphonists tutors are members of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra – professional musicians who specialise in playing period instruments. Their knowledge of musical styles, articulations, and embellishments comes from years of experience performing; reading treatises and studying scores; experimenting with instruments and interpretations; and sharing with their peers and their students. They are passionate about understanding our musical heritage in the context in which it was created, and they are even more passionate about inspiring and enlightening others.


When: 17th-20th July 2018, 9.30am – 3.30pm daily,
Saturday 21st July 2.00-5.00pm

Where: Santa Sabina College, 90 The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW 2135

Who: The course is open to young musicians who play an orchestral instrument to a level of at least Grade 6 AMEB (or equivalent)

In July 2018 our orchestra will consist of:

  • violins, violas, cellos, double bass
  • 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons
  • 2 horns, 2 trumpets
  • timpani

No experience on period instruments is necessary

Cost: $300 for four days tuition, sectionals and rehearsals. Financial assistance is available upon application.

Closing date for applications: April 14th 2018


To apply for a position in our orchestra, please fill out the application form via this link. As part of the application, you will need to upload an audition video. This should be a maximum of 3-minutes and be of a section or sections from a Classical-era work. We ask that you play without accompaniment.

Instructions for uploading audition videos:

Please upload audition videos via the website www.mailbigfile.com. Step-by-step instructions are provided on the website.

You will need to enter an email address as part of the upload process. Please use: education@arco.org.au.

Uploaded videos are private and can only be viewed by the audition panel.


july 17 (Tuesday) - 21 (Saturday)


Santa Sabina College