Concert Dates 2021

Hello all,

We are still planning for 3 concerts this year. We are full of pent-up musical energy to share with you!

Our concerts will still be on Friday evenings at MLC in Kew. Here are the dates for your diary:
* Friday, 4 June
* Friday, 3 September
* Friday, 19 November

We’ll announce the June concert program soon.

For players ~ rehearsals will still be on Wednesday nights at Flemington Primary School. First rehearsal for our June concert will be on Wednesday, 28 April.

We hope to see many of you soon!

Happy New Year

Dear friends,

It has been a while since our last update. A belated Happy New Year. We hope 2021 is a good year for all.

It’s encouraging to see activity in the arts industry, and we want to be a part of it! We are planning 3 concerts for June, September and November. Stay tuned for details.

We’re busy working through the logistics and contacting players to decide our concert programs. There will be health guidelines to follow of course, but we’re ready to start playing music together again.

If you’d like to join The Melbourne Sinfonia this year – as a new musician or volunteer – please email us at:

Hope to see you soon.

An update

Dear friends,

We hope you’re all well. Just a quick update from us.

Due to the current environment we didn’t perform our concert scheduled for this week, Friday 12th June. We have also cancelled our September concert.

It’s too early to know whether our last concert of the year will go ahead on Friday, 27th November. We are of course subject to all the issues of social distancing, government guidelines and venue availability, covering both the concert evening and rehearsals. Stay tuned for updates.

For our annual ticket subscribers, we’ll be in touch about arranging a refund for the June and September concerts. Thank you to those who are generously offering their ticket cost as a donation to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Take care, and we look forward to sharing music with you again soon.

Cancelled ~ concert 20 March 2020

In light of the changing environment with Coronavirus and its associated guidelines and protocols, we have cancelled our concert scheduled for this Friday 20th March.

This is a precautionary measure to help protect the health and wellbeing of our audience, musicians and volunteers, and because our concert venue is now closed for public events until at least mid-April.

We will be issuing refunds to those who have already purchased tickets.

Thank you for your understanding; and please take care.

Mark your diaries ~ Friday 20 March

It’s February, meaning the end of our summer break and the beginning of our 2020 concert season. Our first concert of the year on Friday, 20th March will feature this thoughtfully selected program spanning the Baroque, Romantic and Modern eras:

  • Mendelssohn ~ Hebrides Overture
  • Bach ~ Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
  • Samuel Barber ~ Adagio for Strings
  • Schubert ~ Symphony No. 3

We look forward to the pleasure of your company.

poster 20-Mar-2020

Happy New Year… and a trip down memory lane

The Melbourne Sinfonia wishes everyone a very Happy and Musical New Year. Thank you all for making our 2019 concerts so enjoyable.

We can’t end the year without a trip down memory lane, because 2019 was our 30th anniversary year! We began as the Collingwood Chamber Orchestra, founded by Kevin Morgan in 1989 with the support of the Collingwood council. The group first rehearsed at the Organ Factory Theatre in Collingwood and then at Princes Hill Primary School. The first rehearsal comprised 9 string players and the group made its debut at Collingwood Senior Citizens Hall with 14 players. Later concerts were held in the Collingwood Town Hall.

Our name changed to The Melbourne Sinfonia in late 1990 and concerts moved to Melba Hall at the University of Melbourne, where they remained until November 2011. With Melba Hall no longer available, the venue changed to the James Tatoulis Auditorium at MLC.

Joannes Roose has been our Musical Director and Principal Conductor since 1998.

Since 2004 we have been an Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital. Our unique position as a fundraiser for the RCH unites us, as we join in the spirit of enjoying music for a good cause. We currently support the RCH Gatehouse Centre which provides a crisis service and ongoing support for children and adolescents who have been sexually abused. Gatehouse helps these vulnerable young people develop resilience and other coping skills.

We look forward to another year of music. Our 2020 concert dates are 20 March, 12 June, 4 September and 27 November.