Willoughby Symphony

COVID-19 and Willoughby Symphony

The health and safety of our audience members, staff and musicians is top priority.

Following the advice from state and federal governments, Willoughby City Council has made the difficult decision to cancel the following Willoughby Symphony concerts: DREAMSCAPE ON 4 AND 5 April, LIOR IN CONCERT on 22 May, SERENDIPITY on 23 and 24 May, BEETHOVEN'S BIRTHDAY on 11 July and FATE on 11 and 12 July. Ticket holders will be contacted.

It is a decision that we have not taken lightly and it is disappointing for us, our musicians and you, our supporters.

Thank you for your continued support during what is an incredibly challenging time for the arts across Australia.

We remain committed to both enriching the life of this city and region through music.


Entering its 47th year, the extraordinary Willoughby Symphony has blossomed into an exceptional orchestra of international standard.

The Willoughby Symphony is widely celebrated for captivating performances that showcase the orchestra’s incredible virtuosity across the entire symphonic repertoire. It is renowned for an outstanding annual subscription

series that encompasses beloved orchestral classics, innovative music presentation styles, and family-oriented productions that engage and delight audiences of all ages.

The musicians bring artistic integrity and visceral excitement to their intoxicating performances, uniting in a shared vision of music and community. They are a tight-knit group with a rich and supportive culture, and their enthusiasm and passion for music is obvious in every concert.

Each year sees them build on the last, with the orchestra hosting Australia’s most exciting emerging artists and composers, and pushing the boundaries of classical music. Not only do they deliver revelatory performances of the

classics, they bring energy and flair to rock and pop music. They are also committed to making music inviting and accessible to all, with two children’s concerts each year inspiring the next generation of musicians and music lovers.

The Willoughby Symphony has been led since 2001 by internationally celebrated orchestral icon and local legend, chief conductor and artistic director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM. Renowned for his charismatic stage presence,

powerful interpretations and compelling musical integrity, Dr Milton continues to attract international attention as one of the most outstanding Australian conductors working today. Formerly general music director and chief conductor

of the State Opera House in Saarbrücken, Nicholas is currently chief conductor and artistic director of the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the North German Philharmonic Orchestra (Rostock) and chief conductor and artistic director of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Despite a vibrant international schedule, the Grammy-nominated conductor remains passionately committed to the Willoughby Symphony.

Proudly managed by Willoughby City Council, the Willoughby Symphony presents another spectacular program featuring a varied and exhilarating selection of concerts. Book Now.