Bendigo Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1981 as a result of the Music 81 Project of the Victorian Government and was the successor of the Bendigo Concert Orchestra.
Bendigo Symphony Orchestra (BSO) celebrated 40 years in 2021 as Bendigo’s community orchestra. Overall these years, BSO has provided symphonic music for the Bendigo community and an opportunity for orchestral musicians to play together. Each year the orchestra has worked with visiting and local conductors performing symphonic works by composers such as Brahms, Beethoven and Mozart, as well as concertos performed by international and local musicians. Young musicians have joined the orchestra and gone on to orchestral and solo careers. The BSO can be very proud of its success over the last 40 years.
During this time much has changed. The population of the City of Greater Bendigo has doubled. Bendigo is now seen as a great regional city servicing communities within a radius of 200km and a centre for high quality arts in all its forms from performing arts to literature, and an art gallery of National stature.
The BSO occupies a key space in the musical life of the City of Greater Bendigo, with the Mayor of Bendigo, Cr. Jennifer Alden, as Patron.