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 series of concerts 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 and principal guest conductor of the North German Philharmonic Orchestra (Rostock). Despite a vibrant international schedule, the Grammy-nominated conductor remains passionately committed to the Willoughby Symphony. Proudly managed by Willoughby City Council.