Primary Proms

The NSW Department of  Education presents four choral concerts in the Sydney Town Hall. Schools must submit an audition application via YouTube of choirs of up to 30 students (Years 3 and/or 4 in 2017 only) capable of singing in two parts to be part of a 450 voice combined choir. Successful schools are selected for one performance only.

2017 Primary Proms Concert Dates

Brindabella Concert: Monday 18 September, 7pm

Coorong Concert: Tuesday 19 September, 7pm

Daintree Concert: Wednesday 20 September, 7pm

Kakadu Concert: Thursday 21 September, 7pm

Combined Choir (maximum 30 students) apply here

Applications for the 2017 Primary Proms are NOW CLOSED.

Cost: $36 (+ GST) per student*

*As part of The Arts Unit's support of the Department of Education Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are able to offer a Participation Subsidy of $20 to students from rural and remote schools to attend the Primary Proms. If interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the subsidy will be prioritised based on remoteness. Subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.

This festival allows students and teachers to access the repertoire and teaching CDs.concert in the town hall

One teacher from each accepted school MUST attend the Primary Proms Teachers’ Workshop at the Conservatorium of Music on Thursday 16 February. All NSW public schools will have access to comprehensive teacher professional learning. Teachers may opt to attend only the professional learning component of the program.

Participating metropolitan schools must attend a preliminary rehearsal at the Salvation Army Congress Hall.

2017 Primary Proms (Metropolitan) Preliminary Rehearsals

Brindabella Concert: Monday 21 August, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Coorong Concert: Tuesday 22 August, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Daintree Concert: Wednesday 23 August, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Kakadu Concert: Thursday 24 August 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Country Cluster Rehearsals: Participating non-metropolitan schools must attend a cluster rehearsal during term 2 or 3.

Video Audition Tips

Instructions to upload Video to YouTube

The 2017 Primary Proms Information Book (PDF) will be available in February 2017.

The 2017 repertoire

The 2017 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. 

Instrumental and Vocal Items for the Festival 

All primary and secondary schools are encouraged to submit outstanding music groups or soloists for inclusion in the Primary Proms. The item(s) may be vocal or instrumental, small or large - e.g. a soloist, string quartet, concert band, percussion ensemble or vocal group. More information on how to apply.

For further information concerning the 2017 Music Festivals, please contact Ian Jefferson, Student Music Programs Officer (K-8) at The Arts Unit, on 8512 1181 or email