Under the Artistic Direction of renowned musician and educator Richard Gill AO, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra (formerly orchestra seventeen88) is a world-class orchestra of leading Australian musicians who are dedicated to the performance of Classical and Romantic orchestral and chamber music repertoire in historically informed style on period instruments. This inspiring and highly influential period of composition from the late 18th and 19th centuries demonstrates the depth and passion of the time and when placed in context the music comes to life.
The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra is passionately committed to its education program. The orchestra offers a unique combination of courses and projects for school and tertiary level students, development opportunities for professional musicians and music teachers, and enlightening presentations in tandem with its concerts. Directed by Richard Gill, the orchestra’s youth orchestra program – the Young Mannheim Symphonists – brings together students from metropolitan as well as regional areas, from state schools as well as private, and from all over the country, and introduces them to magnificent music from a fresh new perspective. At a tertiary and professional level, our musicians offer tuition, workshops, and public master classes whenever they tour nationally.