Winter symphony


Sunday July 21st at 3pm
Tickets: $30, Children $10, Group Bookings $25 per ticket

Doors open from 2pm, come in out of the cold and enjoy a glass of South Australian wine and a live orchestra.

To book follow the link and click the session time or email


Jean Sibelius was born on the 8th of December 1865 and died on the 20th of September 1957. He is widely regarded as Finland’s greatest composer, and is credited with composing works filled with nationalism at a time when Finland was seeking its own identity in the shadow of neighbouring Russia. Sibelius’ sketches were floating around in the late 19th century and may have been destined for individual compositions, until a trip to Rapallo in the north of Italy in 1902 when he brought them together and the symphony took shape. The premiere took place on the 8th of march 1902. In the key of D major, the composition opens with all the warmth of an open fire and quickly breaks many of the rules of the symphonic form at the time. In the proceeding movements, Sibelius leads us away from comfort and into the icy drama of Death’s visit to the cavalier Don Giovanni, to the storm and calm of the third movement, followed by the much loved heroic theme of the finale. If you’ve never heard a symphony live before, this is a great introduction. The opening notes turn out to be the DNA for the entire work, a work that is constantly contrasting and a perfectly timed climax and finale. Sibelius said of this composition, “it is a confession of the soul.”




James Pratt is a South Australian conductor and musician with over 25 years experience as a professional performer. A graduate of the Symphony Australia Conducting Program, James is the first conductor to receive a Masters in Conducting from the University of Adelaide and was the winner of the 2013 Edouard Toldra Conducting Competition in Spain. James has conducted throughout Germany and Italy, and has also assisted his teacher Maestro Donato Renzetti for various opera productions. He has premiered new music compositions at the Impuls Festival in Berlin and was a conductor at the Royal Ballet Convent Garden in London.

Concertmaster Anna Freer is in demand as an educator, soloist and orchestral player. Anna is a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium and has occupied leadership positions in the Conservatorium Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. For Winter Symphony Anna leads a chamber orchestra made up of the brightest emerging and established musical talent in Adelaide. These kinds of orchestral concerts are a chance for a unique interpretation alternative to the large forces of a 60 piece ensemble normally presenting this kind of symphonic repertoire.