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Sydney Symphony Orchestra Live Stream

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra will live stream a very special presentation of The Bush Concert, a concert that will bring the sounds of the Australian bush alive in a heart warming concert for K-6 students.

Live stream free to all NSW Public Schools via YouTube.

Thursday 2 November - 10.30 am - 11.30 am 

For more information and to register via Dart Connections please, visit the DART Connections website.

Adelaide composer Mark Simeon Ferguson has set Helga Visser's picture book classic to music, with the orchestra providing the sounds of all the bush birds. In this concert Barry Conrad (Beautiful, The X Factor) will tell the endearing story of how, during a terrible drought, the birds put on a gala concert to cheer themselves up with singing, dancing and magic tricks. Kids will love picking the "galahs" and "noisy miners" from amongst the different instruments on the Seymour Centre stage.

Upon registration with DART Connections schools will be given the You Tube link. There is no need for virtual conferencing equipment. Please ensure your school has access to the internet and for best viewing purposes potentially an electronic whiteboard, ipad or data projector.

If schools would like to purchase a printed copy of The Bush Concert prior to the event please contact to arrange this at a cost of $20.00+p&h.

Author, Helga Visser, will be a special guest at this performance. NSW public school students may send in questions to the author in advance by email to . All questions must be received by Friday 20 October 2017.

In addition to the schools concert of The Bush Concert the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will be performing the Music Count Us In Song for 2017 'Shine Together' as 2 November is also celebration day. The orchestra will perform the song and students are invited to sing along. Please register through Music Count Us In prior to the performance in order to download the words and music to the song so your school can sing along too.

The concert is based on The Bush Concert, text and illustrations © Helga Visser. First published in 2011 by Omnibus Books, a division of Scholastic Australia. Produced by the SSO under licence from Scholastic Australia Pty Ltd.

Register via DART Connections for access to the YouTube link

For further information and support:

Michelle Stephens

Student Access and Engagement Officer - The Arts Unit

8512 1100

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Live Stream - The Bush Concert
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Message from the Director

Welcome to the new school year. The Arts Unit, as part of the Learning and Teaching Directorate of the Department's state office, continues to provide a broad range of arts and literacy programs, events and initiatives.

From 2017, the unit is led by team leaders, responsible for different aspects of the unit's activities:

Arts Programs and Initiatives Coordinator, John Benson, oversees performing arts, visual arts and literacy programs. 

Manager, Arts Unit Operations and Administration, Richard Spiewak, oversees unit-wide resources and support, including the state responsibilities of Arts Coordination Officers from Educational Services, led by Student Access and Engagement Officer, Michelle Stephens.

Arts Initiatives Advisor, Sonja Sjolander, oversees events, arts initiatives and the creative direction of the Schools Spectacular.

You can find contact details for all Arts Unit officers here and Arts Coordination Officers from operational areas here.

In 2017 The Arts Unit will continue to identify student potential and provide opportunities to enhance student learning, develop teachers’ skills and knowledge and showcase outstanding student achievement. I encourage you to use The Arts Unit’s Strategic Plan and the Arts Education Framework to identify opportunities for students and teachers alike.

I wish you a successful 2017. We look forward to working with you and to realise the unit’s vision - that highly motivated and engaged students, led by exceptional staff, realise their creative potential in and beyond the school.

Best wishes

Rosemary Davis

Director, Arts, Sports and Initiatives


Rural and Remote

As part of The Arts Unit’s support of the Department of Education and Communities’ Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer a Participation Subsidies to students and teachers from rural and remote schools. This financial support is to facilitate engagement of students who are accepted into a number of our programs.

Many of our program attract a subsidy so please see each art form on this website for more information.

Please note: If interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the Participation Subsidy will be prioritised based on remoteness.

Subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.


Job Opportunities

We currently have a position available for a digital strategies projects officer 2017. If you are interested in this position please complete the attached request for quote. For any further inquiries please contact The Arts Unit on 8512 1100.