Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra 

The Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra (WSSO) is a community Symphony Orchestra serving the communities Western Sydney communities.

Directed by the Artistic Director Dr Brian Chatpo Koo, managed by the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra (SCO) Management Committee, composed of brilliant professional musicians of the SCO, and local music lovers of Western Sydney, the WSSO hosts classical music concerts, providing captivating performances that showcase incredible diversity and skill across a variety of crowd pleasing classics and new works. Through these events the WSSO will build a more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local community for lovers of classical and symphonic music.

Based in Western Sydney and the Hills Shire area, and supported by the Hills shire Council, and partnered with the Sydney Olympic Park, the Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra will provide valuable and  development opportunities, and will encourage local participation from talented amateur and professional musicians.  All professional musicians, music teachers, and classical music lovers who are over the age of 18 and living in Western Sydney and the Sydney Hills area are welcome to join this new dynamic orchestra.

Visit the website: www.wsso.com.au

Dr Brian Chatpo Koo

Founding Conductor, and Artistic & Executive Director, Dr Brian Chatpo Koo is a Sydney based musician. Having studied music at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Sydney, Brian was the first person in Australia to receive a PhD degree in music composition. Supported by the Hong Kong University Grant, Brian also studied music at the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, and obtained his Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas from the Trinity College of Music in London.

Committed to the promotion of contemporary music, Brian believes that a masterpiece is born from the midst of thousands of other works, and those thousands can only be motivated by their performance.

Many composers who devote themselves to the creation of contemporary music; music that reflects and records our times and define cultural development with unique musical languages, imaginations, and aesthetics. However, most of their works, particularly their orchestral works, have very limited opportunities for performance due to limited demand in the commercial market.

With the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, and with his passion, his dedication, Brian wishes to create a platform where more new orchestral works can be performed, heard, recorded, published and become a part of our music culture.

His website: www.bc.koo.net.au.

Our Mission and Objectives

Our Mission
  • - promote new compositional works by Australian and international composers
  • - inspire, train and develop Australian musicians in the performance of contemporary music
  • - promote Sydney as a leading centre for the composition and performance of contemporary orchestral music
  • - engage with local communities to enhance cultural diversity in NSW through contemporary music
  • - give composers from all nationalities the opportunity to have their works performed by professional musicians thus promoting our diverse culture through contemporary music.
Objectives

The Sydney Contemporary Orchestra (SCO) promotes new music by today’s composers from Australia and around the world. 

  • We have a vision of enriching the cultural life of Sydney, and establishing Sydney's reputation as a leading centre for the performance of contemporary music. 
  • We are the only Australian orchestra dedicated solely to performing the music of today's composers. 
  • We engage locally based professional musicians - and we provide our musicians with specialised training and direction in the performance of new contemporary music 
  • We provide Sydney audiences with opportunities to hear live performances of the music of today's composers - opportunities that would not otherwise be available to them. We also educate our audiences by inviting composers to speak to the audiences during our concerts 
  • We support and promote today’s generation of contemporary composers, recognising the importance of their role in creating a musical legacy for our times. We work with both leading established composers - and also with up-and-coming composers who would not otherwise have the opportunity to have their works performed. 

 

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No one else in Sydney is doing this, and you are providing a great contribution to our musical scene.

Steven Machamer - Timpanist 

 

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....an amazing energy, funding and collecting works is needed to organize and realize an orchestra such as SCO and all these wonderful concerts, you make the quality of music rise in every musical work and there are not a lot of you out there.

Trimor Dhomi - Composer (Kosovo)

 

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The SCO has been doing very interesting work indeed and certainly worthy of support.

Prof  Stuart Geoffrey Andrew Greenbaum - Composer (Australia)