Music Festivals

Applications are now open, and close on Monday 3 May 2021.

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.

Students playing bass recorders in the massed Recorder Ensemble in the Festival of Instrumental Music

Please be aware that the continuation of the Festival program will be contingent on advice provided by the Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health, and can change at short notice.

Link to Department of Education latest information on COVID-19.

Festival of Instrumental Music

The Festival of Instrumental Music features a Combined Recorder Ensemble and Combined String Ensemble. In 2021 the ensembles will perform in 5 concerts at the Sydney Town Hall, together with outstanding instrumental and vocal items from public schools across NSW.

Students of the massed choir in the Festival of Choral Music

Festival of Choral Music

The Festival of Choral Music features a Combined Primary Choir of 450 voices from Years 3 to 6. In 2021 the choir will perform in 5 concerts at the Sydney Town Hall, together with outstanding instrumental and vocal items from public schools across NSW.

The massed choir made up of Stage 2 students at the Primary PromsPrimary Proms

The Primary Proms features a Combined Primary Choir of 450 voices from Years 3 to 4. In 2021 the choir will perform in 4 concerts at the Sydney Town Hall, together with outstanding instrumental and vocal items from public schools across NSW.

 
In Concert featuring a massed choir 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 2 performances at the Sydney Town Hall. These concerts 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.

Digital Engagement

To access online music resources from The Arts Unit, please visit http://digital.artsunit.nsw.edu.au