Who is Bendigo Symphony Orchestra


The Bendigo Symphony Orchestra was founded in in 1981 as a result of the Music 81 project of the Victorian Government, and was the successor of the Bendigo Concert Orchestra, which had played for some thirty years. The first concert, in September that year, was directed by John Hopkins and Simon Romanos.
The programme included:
Kabalevski: Overture to Colas Breugnon
Ives: Unanswered Question
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 with soloist Tony Grey
Dvorak: Symphony No.4 (aka 8), mvts 1,2 & 4
Since then, the orchestra now presents four concerts each year featuring a range of local, national, and international artists. The BSO has been a strong advocate of local composers, giving a number of premieres of new works.

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We rehearse Tuesday evenings from 7.15 - 9.45pm, at Long Gully Community Centre, Havilah Rd, Long Gully.  If you would like to join the orchestra contact us at: EMAIL and someone will be in touch with you with more details.
We currently have vacancies for Violins, Violas, Double Basses, Clarinets and  Bassoons.


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Upcoming Events

  • Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov

    Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov

    Sun, 11 Sep 2022
    Concert 3 “Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky” September 11 Capital Theatre Tchaikovsky: Nocturne in D minor. Op 30 with Beth Penington (cello) Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor Op 30 with ... more
  • Symphonia Choralis

    Symphonia Choralis

    Sun, 11 Dec 2022
    Concert 4 in conjunction with “Bendigo Choral Festival” DECEMBER 11 Ulumbarra Theatre Beethoven: Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Ode to Joy” more
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