2017 concert season

Under the Artistic Direction of Richard Gill AO, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra brings to life the colours and contrasts of Classical music together with the expressive and emotional realm of Romantic music in a fabulous concert season in 2017. Performing on the exquisite and dynamic period instruments of the time, Australia’s world-class Romantic and Classical orchestra presents bold and daring programs with superlative soloists, conducted by Artistic Director Richard Gill AO and Principal Guest Conductor Benjamin Bayl.


Catch the new wave of Historically Informed Performers as they bring a revitalised spirit and energy to Beethoven and Mendelssohn’s masterpieces. From Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, his playful Contredanses and sublime Romance for violin featuring concertmaster Rachael Beesley, to Wolf’s Italian Serenade for Strings and Mendelssohn’s thrilling ‘Italian’ Symphony.

Experience the style and grandeur of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra performing live on period instruments with the mesmerising mezzo soprano Fiona Campbell. Hear the most extraordinarily spectacular overtures and arias from Rossini’s well known operas, then fall in love with Schubert’s most famous work, the ‘Unfinished’ Symphony.


Don’t miss the chance to hear the beautiful rich sounds and textures of the ARCO Chamber Soloists, with the star of the basset clarinet Nicole van Bruggen. Whilst Spohr introduces us to a revolutionary new world of string playing, Mozart is at his best in the famous Clarinet Quintet, and the sublime Grande Sestetto Concertante.



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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.

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Richard Gill AO Artistic Director

Richard Gill AO
Artistic Director


young mannheim symphonists & music EDUCATION


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.

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