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The Story So Far

About TMO

Under the baton of Founding Artistic Director & Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams, The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO) is recognised as one of Australia’s most versatile privately run orchestras delivering consistently vibrant first-class experiences.

A not-for-profit registered musical charity, TMO’s annual season includes a variety of events tailored to different demographics from their highly acclaimed and regularly sold-out Met Concert series, family Cushion Concert series, development programs for composers and performers along with outreach concerts for newly arrived refugees, free concerts, international tours and numerous special events.

The orchestra’s sparkling nine year history includes a star-studded array of performances including concerts 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 with internationally renowned artists José Carreras, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Anthony Warlow, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, David Hobson, Marina Prior, Simon Tedeschi, Cheryl Barker, the Grigoryan Brothers and more.  For a full list of artists TMO has performed with, click here

An important focus in The Metropolitan Orchestra’s mission is to support Australian artists – orchestral players, composers, conductors and soloists.  In 2016 TMO launched its inspiring Composer Development Program unearthing new Australian composers, 2017 saw the of launch TMO’s Young Artist Program and in 2018, TMO proudly opened a Conducting Mentorship, for young conductors.  

TMO has commissioned, performed and recorded world premieres by a number of Australian composers including Jim Coyle, Sean O’Boyle, Mark Grandison, Daniel Rojas, Bruce Mathiske, Elena Kats-Chernin, Nigel U’Brihien, Abiko Yusaku, Adrian Hallam, Heather Shannon and Gavin Lockley.  TMO has also workshopped new works by Paul Stanhope, Stuart Greenbaum, Matthew Hindson and James Humberstone. 

TMO has performed for several album recordings and in 2017 released their own album ‘The Metropolitan Orchestra – Live at the ABC Centre Sydney’ featuring performances recorded by ABC Classic FM. 

Our Mission

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.

Our Accessible Music Plan

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.