Artistic Director’s Message

Published: December 2020 

Together with the extraordinary musicians and choristers of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and our superbly creative support team at Council, I extend to you our collective best wishes. We all hope that you have been staying well during this incredibly challenging period, and I know all of us with the orchestra want to thank you for your support, engagement, loyalty and your understanding and flexibility. We had such an extraordinary 2020 season planned for you, and it has been heart wrenching for all of us not to have been able to bring that special joy into your lives. The musicians and I have missed you so much, but we’re optimistically looking forward to 2021 and hoping for further easing of restrictions. It has been an incredibly rough year for the performing arts in Australia and throughout the world. But we have done as much as possible to continue our important engagement with the Willoughby Symphony community, and we have been really gratified by your appreciation of our various initiatives. Obviously, our socially distanced concerts with Pacific Opera in August were wildly successful, and safe, and I was so happy to be back with the orchestra during that time. We are all excited that we now have a Facebook page - launched during lockdown - so we could still bring you music each week. I extend my grateful thanks to our fantastic musicians who have worked so creatively to produce so much charming and inspiring content for our social media presence.

There are several changes in next year’s season. Only three concerts for 2021 are on sale right now. Those concerts are:

The remainder of the 2021 concerts will go on sale when we have more certainty, depending on pandemic restrictions. We remain hopeful that we will be able to bring you those concerts, so please sign up to our e-newsletter, follow our Facebook page and check our website for details. Because we won’t have the entire season on sale, subscription (multi-ticket) packages and packages with parking and programs will not be available for 2021. Many of you took the opportunity to donate your ticket price to the Willoughby Symphony, rather than receiving a refund when we had to cancel concerts. All of us thank you for your kind support. Your generosity and belief in our musical mission for the society we serve is deeply and gratefully appreciated and all donated funds are being put to the best possible use to ensure that our orchestra will continue to bring its special magic to The Concourse for many years to come. I apologise for delays associated with refunding cancelled concerts. As you can imagine, there was a massive amount of work for our ticket sellers, Ticketek, in organising for those refunds to be processed, and we thank you for your patience. Please get in touch with Ticketek directly if you’re still waiting on a refund.

Many thanks again for your support and all of us are looking forward so much to seeing you soon.



Dr Nicholas Milton AM
Chief Conductor and Artistic Director