We are thrilled announce the Young Mannheim Symphonists 2019 Sydney Winter School. This exciting program is designed to give school students and emerging musicians the opportunity to discover for themselves the magic of approaching music with appropriate performance style. As the students are led through great musical masterpieces, and exposed to the knowledge and perception of experienced professional musicians, they are inspired by how the music comes to life, and empowered to begin making informed musical decisions on their own.

At the 2019 Winter School, the Young Mannheim Symphonists, directed by Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen, will plunge into masterpieces by the Viennese masters as well as introducing some lesser known works and composers from the late 18th century. The Young Mannheim Symphonists tutors are members of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra - professional musicians who specialise in historically-informed performance on period instruments. Their knowledge of musical styles, articulations, and embellishments comes from years of experience performing; reading treatises and studying scores; experimenting with instruments and interpretations; and sharing with their peers and their students. They are passionate about understanding our musical heritage in the context in which it was created, and they are even more passionate about inspiring and enlightening others.

Course details


Monday 8th July 12.30-3.30pm
Tuesday 9th July 9.30am-3.30pm
Wednesday 10th July 9.30am-3.30pm
Thursday 11th July 9.30am-3.30pm
Friday 12th July 9.30am-3.30pm
Saturday 13th July afternoon seating call rehearsal and concert


Santa Sabina College, 90 The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW 2135


BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture in C minor Op.62
EBERL Symphony No.1 Op.33 in E-flat major
HAYDN Symphony No.104 ‘London’ in D major
MOZART & REICHA Harmoniemusik


The Winter School is open to young musicians who play an orchestral instrument to a level of at least Grade 6 AMEB (or equivalent)

  • Age Recommendation: 13-21 years

  • Recommended Level:

    • Flute, Clarinet and Oboe: minimum Grade 8

    • Bassoon, Brass (horns, trumpet & trombone) and Percussion: minimum Grade 6

    • Strings: minimum Grade 7


To apply for the Winter School, you will need to submit this application form together with a Video Audition. Auditions closed on 26 April 2019, however auditions will still be accepted until Thursday 2 May 2019 for string players.

If you play and woodwind or brass instrument and would like to audition for the reserve list, you can also audition until Thursday 2 May 2019.

Audition Requirements: An unaccompanied piece by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or one of their contemporaries (Classical or early Romantic). For example, List B AMEB. Duration: maximum 2-3 mins

Notification of places for the Winter School will occur by 3 May 2019.


Cost Per Participant: $400

No experience on period instruments is necessary.

We invite string players to experiment with playing on gut strings and transitional/classical bows (not baroque bows!) however you can participate in this course on your modern instrument with your modern bow.

Audition Videos must be uploaded to Dropbox. You will receive a link to the Dropbox folder when you submit your application form or you can access it here.

Uploaded videos are private and can only be viewed by the audition panel.

Please contact Daniel Dean at education@arco.org.au if you are having trouble uploading your Audition Video.


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In July 2018, 33 talented young musicians worked intensively during a five-day workshop with students coming from all over – west to Penrith, the Blue Mountains, Parkes and Wilberforce, south to St George, Mittagong and Hobart, beyond the northern beaches to Swansea right up to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland –to create a fresh and inspiring interpretation of Beethoven’s 1st Symphony. The week concluded with a Saturday afternoon performance for an enthusiastic audience of friends, family and fans.
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Young Mannheim Symphonists 2017 Sydney

47 students nominated by schools in the Sydney area spent four intensive days of tuition, sectionals, workshops, and rehearsals culminating in a performance of Mozart’s 'Haffner' Symphony.
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Young Mannheim Symphonists 2018 at
Melbourne Youth Orchestras Summer School

New to the Melbourne Youth Orchestras’ prestigious annual Summer School in January 2018, young musicians enjoyed an exciting new partnership with the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra.
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