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Sydney Symphony Orchestra announces 26-year-old Australian Toby Thatcher as new Assistant Conductor

Featured imageThe Sydney Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce the appointment of 26-year-old Toby Thatcher to the highly coveted position of SSO Assistant Conductor.

Thatcher, who will return from London to take up the position in Sydney, was one of five hand-picked international and Australian candidates who auditioned for the role with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra before a panel including the SSO’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson.

Thatcher will take the baton from Australian-British conductor Jessica Cottis, who has held the Assistant Conductor position since 2012, and has since gone on to establish a successful career both in Australia and internationally.

The Assistant Conductor position, supported by the Orchestra’s Premier Partner Credit Suisse and SSO donors Rachel and Geoffrey O’Conor, will see Thatcher mentored closely by Maestro Robertson, as well as the Orchestra’s visiting guest conductors. Continue reading Sydney Symphony Orchestra announces 26-year-old Australian Toby Thatcher as new Assistant Conductor

LOLA technology opens door to a world of possibilities for the performing arts in Australia

LOLA low latency technology demo at ITEC 2014

In an Australian-first demo, LOLA low latency audio and video streaming technology over AARNet enabled a synchronous performance by Trumpeter Panagiotis Karamanos, physically present with ITEC delegates in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House, and Bassoonist Jordy Meulenbroeks, located in a studio at the Conservatorium.

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Year 10 drama performance

The Year 10 Drama students have been working hard since Term 3 to put together a production of the Greek tragedy Antigone.

There will be a performance for the whole school on Wednesday, 5 November, 13:30-15:00 and an evening performance on the same day 18:30-20:00

Simone Young visit

On Thursday, 27 March the school was in virtual lockdown: Simone Young, Australia’s superstar conductor, had come to the Con High. Giving most generously of her time, Simone Young conducted, tutored and discussed with Con High students aspects of her remarkable career, in particular, just what it takes to succeed that most demanding of musical métiers. She is pictured in the Verbrugghen Hall with Yr 12 student, Noam Yaffe.