Balmain Sinfonia is Macquarie University's orchestra-in-residence, created with the goal of providing the local community with extraordinary orchestral music at ordinary prices. Featuring a mixture of amateur and professional performers, Balmain Sinfonia is unique in that its orchestra members are not permanent; thus each concert features different players and performances.
Originally started in 1991, the orchestra was created by Gary Stavrou , who aspired of creating an orchestra to perform in Sydney's inner west. A year later, Balmain Sinfonia held its first concert in the Rozelle Hospital Recreation Hall, to an audience of 300. Since then, Balmain Sinfonia has grown into an organisation that holds four concerts per year, at the Macquarie University Theatre.
Having never been to an orchestral concert before, Balmain Sinfonia was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon, enjoying favourites such as Mozart's Bassoon Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, plus many others. In addition to the group performances, there were many solo performances, adding to the diversity and fun of the event. What I particularly liked about the concert was seeing how many young people were there, exploring their musical talents.
Balmain Sinfonia is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, listening to some of classical music's greatest symphonies. At only $25 a ticket, you can enjoy an afternoon of musical talent and culture, and support your local community. The next concert will be on the 15th June, 2014. Even if you think classical music is not your thing, go along – you'll be pleasantly surprised.