Primary Proms

Applications for the 2021 Primary Proms are NOW OPEN


Applications close MONDAY 3 MAY.

The NSW Department of Education will present 4 choral concerts in the Centennial Hall of the Sydney Town Hall. Stage 2 choirs capable of singing in 2 parts will form a combined choir of 450 students.


The 2021 repertoire includes songs carefully selected from a variety of genres including traditional, folk and musical theatre, arranged for unison and 2-part singing. Included are compositions and arrangements by Australian composers. 

Primary Proms girls in choir singing

2021 Primary Proms Concert Dates at the Sydney Town Hall 

  • Brindabella Concert: Thursday 19 August 2021 7:00 pm 
  • Coorong Concert: Friday 20 August 2021 7:00 pm 
  • Daintree Concert: Monday 30 August 2021 7:00 pm 
  • Kakadu Concert: Friday 3 September 2021 7:00 pm 

Please be aware that the continuation of the Primary Proms in 2021 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.


A participation fee of $30.00 per student will be payable upon acceptance into the program. 
A rural and remote subsidy of 25% will be offered to all students attending from rural and remote schools as identified by the Department.

Professional learning and resources

Access a range of online repertoire resources (password - digihub)

Watch the Primary Proms teachers professional development webinar as presented in March 2021.


Primary Proms (metropolitan) preliminary rehearsals at the Salvation Army Congress Hall 
  • Brindabella rehearsal: Monday 19 July 2021 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Coorong rehearsal: Tuesday 20 July 2021 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Daintree rehearsal: Wednesday 21 July 2020  9:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Kakadu rehearsal: Thursday 22 July 2021 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Primary Proms non-metropolitan schools must attend a cluster rehearsal during late Term 2 or early Term 3, as negotiated with Ian Jefferson.


Instrumental and vocal individual items

There are limited opportunities for outstanding music groups or soloists to perform in the music festivals in 2021. The item(s) may be vocal or instrumental e.g. a soloist, small instrumental ensemble or vocal group. Applications will close on Friday 11 June.

For further information concerning the 2021 Primary Proms, please contact Ian Jefferson, Student Music Programs Officer (K-8) at The Arts Unit - email