In 2020 we are celebrating our region with three great programs.

We kick off in March with the world premiere of a new work by Elena Kats-Chernin, who was voted favourite Australian composer in ABC’s countdown, along with favourite local composers.

In June we feature celebrated didgeridoo performer William Barton and local Indigenous musicians and composers.

We round off with local soloists in different composers’ realisations of the seasons (yes including Vivaldi).

Richard Gill's memoir Give Me Excess of It


"​....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

Celebrating our Region

SERIES 1:  The Composer is in the room

We are honoured to premiere Cinque Forme d’Amore, a new work by Elena Kats-Chernin, #1 favourite Australian composer. Commissioned by a local philanthropist in memory of her late husband and their life here together. The all-Australian program includes works by other local composers.

Nowra - 2pm Sun, 29 Mar
Wollongong - 7.30pm, Sat 4 April
Burradoo - 2pm, Sun 5 April

SERIES 2: Earth Connections

We reach out to local Indigenous artists to collaborate with Steel City Strings in a program of shared creations. Watch this space.

Burradoo - 2pm, Sun 21 Jun
Wollongong - 7.30pm, Sat 27 Jun
Nowra - 2pm, Sun 28 Jun

SERIES 3: Seasons

Yes Vivaldi. Yes Piazzolla. Yes more Australian talent. Expect the unexpected.

Burradoo - 2pm, Sun 13 Sep
Wollongong - 7.30pm, Sat 19 Sep
Nowra - 2pm, Sun 20 Sep

"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

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Kyle Little
Artistic Director/Concert Master - Orchestra
Karella Mitchell
Principal Cello - Orchestra
Jacob Antonio
Principal Violin - Orchestra
Adrian Davis
Principal Viola - Orchestra
Luke Spicer
Conductor - Orchestra


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.