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 2018 only) capable of singing in two parts to be part of a 450 voice combined choir. Successful schools are selected for one performance only.

2018 Concert Dates at the Sydney Town Hall

Brindabella Concert: Monday 17 September, 7pm
Coorong Concert: Tuesday 18 September, 7pm
Daintree Concert: Wednesday 19 September, 7pm
Kakadu Concert: Thursday 20 September, 7pm

Applications for the 2018 Primary Proms ARE NOW CLOSED

Combined Choir (maximum 30 students)

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 15 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.

2018 Primary Proms (Metropolitan) Preliminary Rehearsals

Brindabella Concert: Monday 13 August, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Coorong Concert: Tuesday 14 August, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Daintree Concert: Wednesday 15 August,  9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Kakadu Concert: Thursday 16 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 2018 Primary Proms Information Book (PDF) will be available in February 2018.

The 2018 repertoire 

The 2018 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. 

Applications for the 2018 Primary Proms ARE NOW CLOSED

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