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TMO – The Story So Far…

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 orchestras, delivering consistently vibrant first-class experiences. Formed in 2009 and based in Sydney, TMO’s remarkable history of music making boasts more than 650 concerts. Receiving critical acclaim for their performances of both core symphonic repertoire and ground-breaking new works, TMO has also become renowned for its exceptional performance across multiple genres, including live film and video game concerts, ballet, opera and collaborations with contemporary artists and mediums. TMO regularly appears for large stadium events, album recordings and other special events.

TMO’s highly regarded annual season showcases a variety of events targeted at different demographics, including their mainstage Met Concert series and Family Cushion Concert series, an annual Chamber Music Festival, free concerts, national and international tours and more.

An important focus in The Metropolitan Orchestra’s mission is to support Australian artists – orchestral players, composers, conductors, soloists and young musicians. 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. In 2021, TMO announced its new Composer and Artist Residence Programs and TMO Junior String Camp for primary-aged students. 2023 saw the launch of TMO’s Young Instrumentalist Festival.

In addition to presenting its own annual concert season since 2009 some performance highlight include Australian and New Zealand tours with the 2Cellos, Basement Jaxx, The Piano Guys, Air Supply, Joy Division, Horrorshow, and Stardew Valley: Festival of Seasons, as well as Live Film concerts Jurassic Park, BBC’s Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Muppets Christmas Carol, Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy. TMO have performed mid-field at the NRL Grand Final, at Opera in the Vineyards in both the Hunter Valley (NSW) and Clare Valley (SA), are the resident orchestra on board the annual Bravo Cruise of the Performing Arts and play for all Sydney ‘Synthony’ events.

An impressive roster of performers have appeared with TMO including internationally renowned artists José Carreras, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Bryn Terfel, Sumi Jo, David Helfgott, Elaine Paige, Anthony Warlow, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, James Morrison, Kate Ceberano, Marina Prior, Todd McKenny, Joseph Tawadros and the Grigoryan Brothers. TMO has collaborated with other leading Australian arts organisations and institutions including the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Sydney Chamber Choir, Sydney Philharmonia, Pacific Opera and the Sydney Opera House. Most recently, TMO performed for the revered Sydney Opera House Season of Amadeus, starring Michael Sheen.

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, Gavin Lockley, Nicholas Russoniello, Paul Cutlan, Keyna Wilkins and Gumaroy Newman. 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.

Check out the full list of artists that TMO has performed with here.

Check out our concert history page here.

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: Break down traditional barriers to classical music, making the genre more appealing to a wider audience.

OPPORTUNITY: Provide first-class performance and development opportunities for NSW artists and administrators.

NEW WORK: Develop, promote, and perform new Australian works targeting a variety of audiences (children through to seasoned concertgoers).

EDUTAINMENT (Education/Entertainment): Create and present interesting, fun, and educational concert experiences that will inspire young audiences in their musical journey.

EDUCATION: Deliver highly engaging and interactive educational, workshop and performance opportunities to young and aspiring musicians to help them build skills and passion in music. 

WESTERN SYDNEY & REGIONAL: Build partnerships and identify opportunities to present musical offerings to Western Sydney, Regional NSW, and throughout Australia.

INDIGENOUS: Actively seek opportunities to engage indigenous artists for performances and the presentation of new work.