In this spectacular show, Steel City Strings joins forces with violinist Anna da Silva Chen playing Beethoven’s violin concerto. The string orchestra augmented with brass, woodwind and percussion, will be performing Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and other symphonic favourites. 

Burradoo - Sun 15 September, 2pm
Wollongong - Sat 21 September, 2pm
Nowra - Sat 22 September, 2pm

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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
​Conductor ​& Australia’s greatest music educator

​In our 2019 Season we bring you the familiar string sounds our audiences have told us they love, and something a bit different.

And we've introduced a more flexible subscription option for those who can't commit to all three series but still want to save.

Steel City Strings 2019 Season Subscriptions

SERIES 1:  Celebration of Youth

Following our highly successful Celebration of Youth concert in 2017, we once again showcase the awesome talent of young musicians and composers of the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands.

Kiama - 2pm Sun, 24 Mar
Wollongong - 7.30pm, Sat 30 Mar
​Burradoo - 2pm, Sun 31 Mar

SERIES 2: Steel City Strings meets South Coast Big Band

Classically-trained multi-instrumentalist Des Canning formed his own jazz band at age 14 and hasn’t looked back. His Big Band will join Steel City Strings to perform large orchestral works, film music, jazz and more.

​Burradoo - 2pm, Sun 23 Jun
Wollongong - 7.30pm, Sat 29 Jun
Nowra - 2pm, Sun 30 Jun

SERIES 3: Symphonic Sounds

​In partnership with Music Shoalhaven, we are delighted to welcome back violinist Anna da Silva Chen playing Beethoven’s Violin concerto, with an augmented orchestra including brass, woodwinds and percussion.

​Burradoo - 2pm, Sun 15 Sep
Wollongong - 7.30pm, Sat 21 Sep
Nowra - 2pm, Sun 22 Sep


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"Music Education does not just make children more musical; it unleashes their creative powers."

Richard Gill, AO
Legendary conductor, teacher and tireless advocate for music education in Australia

​Please help us bring
Richard Gill's dream to life.

​The cost of putting on concerts is high. But the sheer scale of involving an additional 25 piece youth orchestra plus five additional soloists and composers requires us to book much bigger venues, not to mention the costs of recording, lighting and the behind-scenes staging of the Celebration of Youth season.

What you can do?

We are calling upon our dedicated subscribers and regular concert-goers to play an important role in the success of the Celebration of Youth series by donating through the Australian Cultural Fund.

We would be very grateful for your donation - as much or as little as you’d like.

Creative Partnerships Australia will send you a tax-deductible receipt if your donation is $2 or more.

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Jacob Antonio
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Steel City Strings (SCS) is a vibrant​ string orchestra showcasing the professional talents of players from the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Region. ​The orchestra 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 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.

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The orchestra's most recent performance in Kiama last Sunday presented a fascinating program of works from various musical periods, beginning in the Baroque era with Locatelli's delightful Christmas concerto followed by the effervescent Divertimento in F major by Mozart. In these works, the orchestra played with a strong sense of ensemble, and brought an infectious verve to the Mozart.


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.