Primary Proms

Activities for this program currently have to adhere to current DoE COVID-19 restrictions. 

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

The commencement of the 2021 Primary Proms festival will be contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health.


The NSW Department of Education will present four choral concerts in the Centennial Hall of the Sydney Town Hall. NSW public schools can apply for their choirs to perform in a 450-voice combined choir.  Teachers must submit an online application including a YouTube audition video of their choir (up to 30 students in Years 3 - 4 in 2019) capable of singing in two parts. Successful schools are selected for one performance only.

Primary Proms girls in choir singing

2020 Concert Dates at the Sydney Town Hall

Brindabella Concert: Thursday 13 August 2020, 7:00 pm CANCELLED
Coorong Concert: Friday 14 August 2020, 7:00pm CANCELLED
Daintree Concert: Tuesday 25 August 2020, 7:00pm CANCELLED
Kakadu Concert: Monday 31 August 2020, 7:00pm CANCELLED


COST:                                                                                                                                                                  It is anticipated that a non-refundable participation fee of $30.00+gst per student will be payable upon acceptance into the program.                                                                 

One teacher from each accepted school MUST attend the Primary Proms Teachers’ Workshop at the Conservatorium of Music on Thursday 13 February 2020. 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. Teaching resources will be provided.

*As part of The Arts Unit's support of the Department of Education's Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are able to offer a Participation Subsidy of $22.50+gst, a discount of 25% to students from rural and remote schools to participate in the Primary Proms.  Please note: if interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the subsidy will be prioritised on remoteness. Subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.

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

2020 Primary Proms (Metropolitan) Preliminary Rehearsals

Brindabella Concert: Monday 27 July, 2020 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Coorong Concert: Tuesday 28 July, 2020 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Daintree Concert: Wednesday 29 July 2020,  9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Kakadu Concert: Thursday 30 July 2020, 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 2020 Primary Proms Information Book (PDF) will be available in February 2020.

The 2020 Repertoire 

The 2020 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 Instrumental and Vocal Items have been suspended until further notice.

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 2020 Music Festivals, please contact Ian Jefferson, Student Music Programs Officer (K-8) at The Arts Unit - email