Steel City Strings

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

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Celebration of Youth

June 20-27

‘Celebration of Youth’ showcasing the outstanding talent of our local young composers, soloists and musicians. Performances coming to Wollongong, Nowra and Burradoo. Tickets On Sale Now.

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Steel City Strings Presents: A Celebration of Youth

Steel City Strings’ biennial Celebration of Youth concert returns in 2021, showcasing some of the region’s most talented young musicians. Young composers are a significant element of the program: From the compositions of nineteen-year-old Mozart to the premiere performance of the string orchestral work that wins the SCS Youth Composition Competition.

The teenage Mozart’s Turkish-inspired A major violin concerto will be performed by Hana Lee, recent winner of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Concerto Competition while Tomas Phillips will play Mozart’s achingly-beautiful clarinet concerto. Artistic Director Kyle Little will be joined by violinist Elliot Winn in duets by Bach and Vivaldi – composers who spent many hours training young musicians – while vocalist Daisy Pring (Featured Artist in the NSW Schools Spectacular) brings her contemporary style to the program.

This concert generously nurtures the ongoing development of performers and composers across the region. ‘Celebration of Youth’ is proudly supported by Create NSW.





Left to right: Hana Lee (Violin), Tomas Phillips (Clarinet), Elliot Winn (Violin), Adriel Sukumar (Composer) and Daisy Pring (Vocalist). All will be featured soloist in 2021’s Celebration of Youth concert series.

Image: Phil Harris from Split Focus Media.

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

Youth Composition Competition Announced

Youth Composition Competition Announced

Award winning Illawarra based orchestra Steel City Strings is holding a composition competition in line with our "Celebration of Youth" concert series.  We are offering the chance for a young composer to have their work performed by the members of Steel City Strings....

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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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