Symphony For Life Professional Masterclass Workshops

This is an incredible opportunity to sign up for an online masterclass workshop with one of Australia’s famous, leading musicians. The workshops will take place in November and December 2021 online. Please review the list of musicians below and to sign up (for yourself or someone else) simply click on one of the ‘sign up’ […]

Professional musicians speak out for Symphony For Life

We reached out to some professional musicians to ask them to endorse the Symphony For Life program; their response was overwhelming. There have been countless academic studies that prove the numerous benefits of learning a musical instrument from a young age, from improved cognitive ability to heightened emotional and social development. In addition, and perhaps […]

Sally Walker joins Symphony For Life as Ambassador

Photograph: Rohan Thomson We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Sally Walker, Woodwind Lecturer at the Australian National University and Principal Flautist of the Omega Ensemble, is joining us as ambassador, supporting us in the lead up to Symphony For Lockdown and beyond. Do read more about Sally and her extraordinary career below. “Musical experiences can be […]

Symphony for Lockdown

Save the date! Thursday 14th October The Symphony For Lockdown Virtual Concert will take place: Thursday 14th October 7pm Sydney time We will publish and send out the link where you can watch the concert online shortly. The concert will include the first ever performance of Animals of the Orchestra by Australian composer Emma Greenhill, […]

Symphony For Lockdown sign up

Thank you so much for your interest in Symphony for Lockdown! We’re now running out of time before we need to get all the video recordings in so sign-ups are now closed, but if you still want to be play and you can make a recording by Friday September 19, please email Or if […]

Symphony for Life – program update

After a long period of being apart, it was wonderful for the children to return to rehearsing together. Christopher Bennett our Director of Programs, introduces you to some of the players. Individual lessons and rehearsing together The children did very well last year to continue practicing alone at home, supported by online lessons. Their commitment […]

Music is a very powerful force

For decades past, there has been research all over the world to discover the benefits of music education – other than learning to make music.
The research has shown benefits such as increased self-esteem and self-confidence, faster brain development and increased socialising.

The worst of times and the best of times

The first part of 2020 has proven a huge challenge to us all, keeping our families safe, keeping businesses afloat but also making sure that the essential work done by not-for-profit organisations like Symphony for Life continues to support our communities when they need it most.

Our priority over the last months has been to keep our program staff and children safe above everything else; we had to abandon face-to-face teaching and pause while we put the teaching program online. We are now up and running with a 100% digital program across lessons, mentoring and group classes.

Symphony for Life Orchestras – from 2017 to February 2020

Our program first got off the ground in Wentworthville in September 2017 when the first students came to be sized up for instruments. Some of those students are still with us, some have moved on and many more have joined us. It has been two years marked by growth: our teachers have grown as a team, our students have grown as musicians, and our program has grown into a fully-fledged string orchestra with a group of young beginners not far behind!