TMO – The Story So Far…
Under the baton of Founding Artistic Director & Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams, The Metropolitan Orchestra is recognised as one of Australia’s most versatile orchestras, delivering consistently vibrant first-class experiences. Founded in 2009 and based in Sydney, TMO’s remarkable decade of music making boasts more than 600 concerts with a variety of events targeted at different demographics, including TMO’s highly acclaimed Met Concert series, family Cushion Concert series, free concerts, and national and international tours, as well as appearing on several album recordings and for numerous special events.
Over the past twelve years, an impressive roster of performers has 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 and the Grigoryan Brothers. TMO has also collaborated with other leading Australian arts organisations and institutions in concert including the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Sydney Chamber Choir, Sydney Philharmonia, Pacific Opera and the Sydney Opera House.
In high demand as an orchestra-for-hire across Australia, TMO has received critical acclaim for their exceptional performance across numerous genres. Some performance highlights include concerts with film (most recently Jurassic Park, BBC’s Blue Planet, Frozen Planet, Planet Earth, Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy), providing mid-field entertainment at the NRL Grand Final, Opera in the Vineyards (in both NSW and South Australia) and sailing the South Pacific annually as resident orchestra aboard Bravo Cruise of the Performing Arts for the past 7 years. TMO has also been engaged to tour Australia and New Zealand with eminent touring artists and bands including 2Cellos, Basement Jaxx, The Piano Guys, Hiphop act Horrorshow, Air Supply and Joy Division.
After almost a year off the stage in 2020 due to the Covid-pandemic, TMO is excited to be presenting a jam-packed 2021 season, with already sold-out Met Concerts, Chamber Concerts, Cushion Concerts and album recordings. They will also be performing for several large-scale events and tours with audiences of over 5000, including performances of Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark with film and Synthony, with headliners Miss Connie (Sneaky Sound System) and Ilan kidron (Potbelleez).
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 Camp.
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, 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.
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 concert goers).
EDUTAINMENT (Education/Entertainment): Create and present engaging, fun and educational concert experiences and interactive educational programs which will inspire young audiences and embolden young musicians.
WESTERN SYDNEY & REGIONAL: Build partnerships and identify opportunity to present musical offerings to Western Sydney and Regional NSW.
INDIGENOUS: Engage indigenous artists to work and perform in the classical music genre.