Under the baton of Founding Artistic Director & Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams, The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO) is recognised as one of the country’s most versatile orchestras delivering accessible, first-class and vibrant concert experiences.
TMO’s annual season includes a variety of events tailored to different demographics from their highly acclaimed and regularly sold-out Met Concert series, to audience outreach programs, development programs for composers and performers, performances for young audiences and newly arrived refugees, interstate tours, free concerts and more.
The orchestra’s sparkling eight year history includes a star-studded array of special events including performances with Sumi Jo (Opera House), David Helfgott (City Recital Hall), Elaine Paige (State Theatre), John Farnham with Olivia Newton-John (Entertainment Centre and Tempus Two), James Morrison (The Concourse), Kate Ceberano (Opera House); special events such as BBC’s Blue Planet and Planet Earth in Concert (Opera House), Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular (Opera House and Entertainment Centre), Opera in the Vineyards (Wyndham Estate and Roche Estate), the National Rugby League Grand Final and sailing the South Pacific annually as resident orchestra aboard the Bravo! Cruise of the Performing Arts. Other renowned artists who have appeared with TMO include Jose Carreras, Kiri Te Kanawa, Anthony Warlow, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Antoinette Halloran, David Hobson, Marina Prior, Grigoryan Brothers, Cheryl Barker, Simon Tedeschi and more.
Boasting a rigorous work ethic and commitment to exceptional quality of performance, TMO has performed with many renowned artists in concert and/or on album recordings including Conductors Richard Gill, George Fenton, Brian Castles-Onion, Ben Foster and Guy Noble; Singers Yvonne Kenny, Elaine Paige, Anthony Warlow, Marina Prior, Cheryl Barker, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Antoinette Halloran, Emma Pask, David Hobson, Nicole Car, Rosario La Spina, Anna Leese, Belinda Montgomery, Alexander Knight, Daniel Bonic- Goodwin, Barry Ryan, Anke Höppner, Christopher Hillier, Teresa La Rocca, Stuart Maunder, Meredith O’Reilly, Richard Anderson, Sian Pendry, Samuel Dundas, Daniel Belle, David Hooley, Tommy Fleming, Suzanne Johnston, Judi Connelli, Mark Vincent and Renae Martin; Instrumentalists Simon Tedeschi, Claire Edwardes, Jane Rutter, the Grigoryan Brothers, Anthony Heinrichs, Bruce Mathiske, Shefali Pryor, Frank Celata, Emma-Jane Murphy, Patrick Murphy, Ambre Hammond, Kirsten Williams, Nicholas Russoniello, Anna Da Silva Chen, Bernard Walz, Lisa Stewart and the Lyrebird Trio; Actors Alex Kingston, Mark Williams and Tyran Parke; Vocal Ensembles Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Chamber Choir, Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, Figaro and members of Opera Australia and Children’s Entertainers Lah-Lah and Buzz.
An important focus in The Metropolitan Orchestra’s mission is to support Australian artists – orchestral players, composers and soloists. In 2016 TMO launched its inspiring Composer Development Program, unearthing new Australian composers and in 2017 is proud to launch their new TMO Young Artist Program.
TMO has commissioned, performed and recorded world premieres by a number of Australian composers including Sean O’Boyle, Mark Grandison, Daniel Rojas, Bruce Mathiske and Gavin Lockley. TMO has workshopped new works by Paul Stanhope, Stuart Greenbaum, Matthew Hindson and James Humberstone.
To inspire a love and enjoyment of classical music to a wide range of audiences through accessible, first-class orchestral concert performances and to provide professional performance opportunities to outstanding Australian orchestral musicians, composers and soloists.
Accessibility: Continue to break down the barriers to high quality classical music.
Opportunity: Provide performance opportunities for passionate musicians at the highest levels.
New Work: Develop, promote and perform new Australian works.
Edutainment: (Education/Entertainment) Bring TMO touring professionals into schools to give insight on musicianship and performance.
Regional: Find ways to present quality classical music to regional centres.
Indigenous: Engage young indigenous performers and classical music professionals.