Philharmonic Orchestra

Be immersed in a large symphony orchestra and learn how to play with different types of instruments. You'll meet friends to explore great music with amazing musicians and teachers. 

Ensemble Information


Approximate Standard*  Music Grade 4 to 7
Approximate Age Range 12 to 17
Rehearsal Times Saturdays, 9:00am - 11:00am
Annual Fee $635
Instruments Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion.

* Music grades are indicative of standard - exams are not a prerequisite for entry.

Applications for our main round of auditions have now closed but you can still get involved. Apply today for a late audition and have a read of our audition FAQs for more information.



The Philharmonic Orchestra performs in these concerts in 2018:

Update: 22/5/18, 12:00pm

We have been able to reschedule the Mother's Day performance for Sunday 3 June, 2018 and very much hope you'll be able to join us. The below details pertain to the new concert. Please note the CHANGE OF VENUE. Any pre-purchased tickets for the original Mother's Day Concert will be honoured for this event. You can still purchase tickets for the concert online (below). TYO thanks The Friends' School, all of our performers, conductors, and supporters for your patience and understanding with this alteration and we very much look forward to seeing you at the concert!

Mother's Day Concert

Sunday 3 June 
The Farrall Centre, The Friends' School

Ensembles Concert

Sunday 12 August 
The Farrell Centre, The Friends' School

End of Year Concert

Sunday 4 Nov
Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS

Special Project

Festival of Voices

Philharmonic Orchestra will join forces with hundreds of voices from around the state to open the 2018 Festival of Voices. More information to come!

Thursday 5 July

This events heralds the opening of the Festival of Voices and features young singers from across Tasmania. In 2018, Philharmonic Orchestra will perform as the feature music ensemble - an accolade previously reserved for TYO's flagship perfomers!

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Festival of Voices website.

Lyall McDermott - Philharmonic Orchestra Guest Conductor

Our Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Simon Reade will be on leave for Term 1 so we are delighted to welcome back Lyall as our Philharmonic Orchestra Guest Conductor!

Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Lyall began studying piano and violin from an early age. He graduated from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in 1974 having majored in Performance and Education. The following year, he commenced a career with the Tasmanian Department of Education that spanned almost 40 years, working variously as a classroom music teacher, a music consultant, a specialist instrumental music teacher and as a band director.

Active in the local music scene over many years, Lyall has played in cabaret bands, big bands and rock bands, including the acclaimed Fern Chutney. For ten years he was a recording engineer at Red Planet Studios, during which time, in collaboration with Stewart Long, he wrote a considerable body of music for the ABC TV Education Unit and, for American Cable television. They worked on soundtracks for several documentary series including the award-winning Frontiers of Flight, which was produced as a joint venture by the Discovery Channel and the Smithsonian Institute. Lyall is also a published composer of ensemble and concert band pieces written especially for use in schools.

Lyall joined the Derwent Valley Concert Band as a baritone saxophone player in 1999, after which he was appointed Assistant Conductor (2009) before becoming the Chief Conductor in 2010.

Simon Reade - Philharmonic Conductor

Born in Launceston, Tasmania, Simon graduated from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in 1998, majoring in composition. He then completed a Bachelor of Education in 2005 and is currently employed at Ogilvie, Clarence and Bellerive schools.  

Simon has been the Musical Director of the Hobart City Band Inc since 1997 and is the conductor of the Hobart Wind Symphony, who he led to the 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2017 National A Grade Concert Band titles. He was accepted into the Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program in 2014/15, completing modules with Christopher Seaman and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Eckehard Stier and the Auckland Philharmonia, and Johannes Fritzsch and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

As a conductor, Simon is passionate about the performance of new music - and especially Tasmanian music.  He has conducted the premiere performances of over 50 new works by Tasmanian composers, as well as reviving many important Tasmanian compositions. He has premiered several important works of Don Kay as well as most of the large ensemble works by Simon Barber. In February 2014 he conducted premiere performances of Barber and Kay’s Piano Concertos with Michael Kieran Harvey as soloist. In November 2014 he premiered Kay’s opera, The Bushranger’s Lover to great critical acclaim. In 2016 he conducted Sculthorpe with the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, Kay with the Hobart Chamber Orchestra and premiere works by Barber, Misson, Young, and Reade with the Hobart Wind Symphony, as well as the premiere of Scott McIntyre’s Piano Concerto with soloist Michael Kieran Harvey.

In his spare time, Simon composes, and has filled commissions from the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, the Festival of Voices (Tasmania), IHOS opera, the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, the Derwent Valley Band and the Tasmanian Composer’s Festival, amongst others. His music has been performed by such eminent performers as; Michael Kieran Harvey, Jabra Latham, Diego Campagna, Maurizio Barbetti, Duo Porto-Frontini, Luca Ferrini & Joze Kotar, and Benjamin Price.  He has music for band published through Brolga Music Australia, selected chamber works through Musicisti Associati Produzioni of Milan, and he is a represented composer at the Australian Music Centre.

He lives in Campania, just out of Hobart, with his wife Claire and sons Owen, Callum and Elliott.

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