Public School students from across NSW combine to celebrate musical excellence in a series of concerts that feature soloists and ensembles in a variety of musical styles. They have the opportunity to work with professional conductors and perform music specifically chosen and commissioned for them. Opportunities exist for outstanding instrumental and vocal items to perform at some of these festivals.
Festival of Instrumental Music
The Festival of Instrumental Music features a Combined Recorder Ensemble and Combined String Ensemble. Each year the ensembles perform at the Sydney Opera House together with outstanding instrumental and vocal items from public schools across NSW.
In 2017 we will feature two soloists - a treble recorder player in Krasniye Saposhki and vocal soloist in Six Ribbons. Soloist applications are now closed.
Festival of Choral Music
The Festival of Choral Music features a Combined Primary Choir from Years 3 to 6 of 700 voices. Each year the choir performs at the Sydney Opera House together with outstanding instrumental and vocal items from public schools across NSW.
The Primary Proms features a Combined Primary Choir from Years 3 & 4 of 450 voices. Each year they perform with outstanding instrumental and vocal items from public schools across NSW in five concerts at the Sydney Town Hall.
In Concert - Secondary Choral Festival
The In Concert - Secondary Choral Festival sees the Combined Secondary Schools Choir annually joining forces with The Arts Unit's premier Instrumental Music Ensembles to present a performance at the Sydney Town Hall. This concert will provide secondary students with the opportunity to sing in a massed choir with more than 500 other students and perform a range of significant choral works.
The Idea of North - Secondary Schools Vocal Festival
In The Idea of North - Secondary Schools Vocal Festival The Arts Unit collaborates with The Idea of North to promote choral singing in NSW Public Secondary Schools. The festival takes place October and each day of the festival ends with a concert open to the public,