Steel City Strings

A vibrant​ chamber orchestra showcasing the professional talents of players from the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Region. ​

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17-24 MARCH 2024


“IDENTITY: Beauty Out Of Darkness” finds Steel City Strings traversing continents, centuries and cultures as it examines what it is to be human. Criss-crossing musical worlds, the program includes music by Gerald Finzi, Granville Bantock, Franz Schreker and acclaimed Yorta Yorta soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham-Fraillon.

16-23 JUNE 2024


The string orchestra is one of the most expressive mediums, often used by film makers to evoke the whole gamut of human emotions from joy and exuberance to melancholy and loss. “REEL MUSIC” navigates a trail through cinematic classics such as Psycho, Cinema Paradiso, Riptide and more. A commissioned work from Lauren Mercovich creates a soundscape for the imagination.

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15-22 SEPTEMBER 2024


In “Choral Riffs” we are joined by con voci chamber choir and Wollcon Chamber Choir to sing a new work commissioned from Australian pianist and composer Sally Whitwell, as well as choral music by Eric Whitacre and Gabriel Fauré. Enjoy the beauty, colour and vibrancy of mixed voices singing as one, joined in harmonious partnership with the luxuriant sounds of Steel City Strings.

2024 Season Tickets & Program Now Available

Steel City Strings is proud to announce it’s 2024 season. Our first series, around the theme of identity explores the common grounds of human experience in music that is rich in ideas and emotions.

The second series “Reel Music” presents music for strings in film. Our audiences will be thrilled and delighted by cinematic soundscapes from Psycho, Cinema Paradiso and Pirates of the Carribean.

In the final series of 2024, Steel City Strings will perform with Con Voci and the Wollcon Chamber Choir in a program of works by Faure and a new commission from Sally Whitwell.

Where SCS performs

​​Steel City Strings, Illawarra’s Chamber Orchestra, performs a wide variety of works from classic to popular, often collaborating with talented Illawarra soloists and performers. In 2023 and 2024, Steel City Strings full ensemble performs at:

  • Wollongong Art Gallery
  • Wollongong Town Hall
  • Bowral Memorial Hall
  • Burrawang School of Arts
  • Nowra School of Arts
  • Shellharbour Civic Center
  • St Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral Wollongong

Performances may be at other venues in Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Berry, Nowra and the Southern Highlands, for concerts featuring smaller ensembles. Visit our Event Calendar to see information on all upcoming concerts, including the ticket booking link for each concert.

Other musical events in the region

Steel City Strings encourages and supports local musicians organising external concerts in the community.

Wollongong Conservatorium

The Wollongong Conservatorium, a key partner to SCS, offers a wide range of events from local classical musicians. View the Wollongong Conservatorium What’s On page to find out more.

'The Composer is in the Room' concert. Wollongong Town Hall, 2021.

Experience the Energy

Steel City Strings provides an important platform:

  • for local musicians to come together to play exciting music
  • to inspire young local string players
  • to feature local soloists
  • to support and showcase talented Australian composers

Concerts have featured compositions by Australian composers Carr-Boyd, Sculthorpe, Ford and Grainger as well as local composers John Spence, Michael Barkl and Adrian Whitehall. The orchestra also features the talents of exceptional local solo musicians.

Mentoring and developing young local players through coaching and providing opportunities to play and perform with the orchestra is an integral part of our strategy for developing the orchestra and its members.

Kyle Little

Kyle Little

Artistic Director/Concert Master

Karella Mitchell

Karella Mitchell

Principal Cello

Jacob Antonio

Jacob Antonio

Principal Violin

Ethan Ireland

Ethan Ireland

Principal Double Bass

Adrian Davis

Adrian Davis

Principal Viola

Latest News

2024 Season Announcement

2024 Season Announcement

Steel City Strings is thrilled to announce an exciting 2024 Season Program. A new year will bring 3 carefully curated programs to delight all concert goers who love string music. Program 1 - "Identity" tells the story of human nature and the amazing ability within all...

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Cellissimo Premiere – The cellists

Cellissimo Premiere – The cellists

The cellists of Steel City Strings have formed a cello quartet. We are proud to introduce them as "Cellissimo". In their inaugural program, Cellissimo have chosen a delicious program. In this year of 2023, ABC Classic FM listeners voted the cello Australia's favourite...

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The members of Steel City Strings are outstanding examples of hard work, enterprise, enthusiasm and dedication. They reach for the stars and beyond. More power to these wonderful people.

Richard Gill AO

In Debussy's Sacred and Profane Dances of 1904 the orchestra was joined by harpist Paulina Smirnov whose scintillating playing created a wonderful and subtly-nuanced centrepiece for the concert.


A fascinating program of works from various musical periods... The orchestra played with a strong sense of ensemble, and brought an infectious verve to the Mozart.



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