About the Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra

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The Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra (SSSO) was formed in 1970 by founder Cedric Ashton (former Sydney Symphony Orchestra conductor).

Since its formation the orchestra has steadily developed over the decades to become one of Sydney’s most prestigious community orchestras and a valuable cultural asset to the Sutherland Shire. SSSO offer local musicians a unique platform to play in a symphony orchestra; rehearsing and performing symphonic repertoire for the community.

Rehearsing on Monday evenings during school terms SSSO help to bring music to the community. Lead by experienced conductors rehearsals are a place for musicians to hone ensemble skills in a friendly environment. The orchestra performs at least four times a year in fun and accessible programs that often involve guest artists. Previous guest artists have included Mark Vincent, Helen Zerefos, Monique Irik and Shefali Pryor. 

These collaborations are both a fantastic opportunity for SSSO musicians to work alongside industry professionals and for the wider Shire audiences to enjoy the musicality of these artists up close in unique concerts offered by SSSO in the community.

In 2021 as SSSO enters its fifty-first year the orchestra will be under the direction of conductor Ryley Gillen and will perform concerts in the Sutherland community while the Sutherland Entertainment Centre undergoes renovations.

The SSSO continues to be generously supported by the Sutherland Shire Council.