Primary Proms

NSW public schools can apply for their choirs to perform in a 450-voice combined choir at the Sydney Town Hall. 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.

Primary Proms girls in choir singing

Successful schools are selected for one concert only.

Cost: $37 (+ 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. Subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.

2019 Concert Dates at the Sydney Town Hall

Brindabella Concert: Monday 16 September 2019, 7:00pm
Coorong Concert: Tuesday 17 September 2019, 7:00pm
Daintree Concert: Wednesday 18 September 2019, 7:00pm
Kakadu Concert: Thursday 19 September 2019, 7:00pm

One teacher from each accepted school MUST attend the Primary Proms Teachers’ Workshop at the Conservatorium of Music on Thursday 14 February 2019. 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.

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

2019 Primary Proms (Metropolitan) Preliminary Rehearsals

Brindabella Concert: Monday 26 August, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Coorong Concert: Tuesday 27 August, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Daintree Concert: Wednesday 28 August,  9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Kakadu Concert: Thursday 29 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 2019 Primary Proms Information Book (PDF) will be available in February 2019.

The 2019 repertoire 

The 2019 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 2019 Music Festivals, please contact Ian Jefferson, Student Music Programs Officer (K-8) at The Arts Unit, on 8512 1181 or email