Steel City Strings 2019 Season Subscriptions

This video features performers in our ​2017 'Celebration of Youth' concerts  - a taste of the exciting performances you can expect in the 2019 Celebration of Youth series in March.

​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


  • ​​​First to hear the details of the program for each series
  • First choice of seats for your preferred venue 
  • Freedom to change your preferred venue at any time
  • Save on single ticket prices

Thank you to those who took the time to complete our 2018 Season survey. We were honoured to receive some wonderful feedback:

"We love the family ticket option and opportunity to select seats when booking. You must be doing something right if my both my children aged 3 & 7 are engaged in the performances right to the end and ask to see another one."
"I will be happy to subscribe again next year and bring along more friends"
"​Thoroughly enjoyed our first concert. Will definitely attend next year."
"As a classical 'virgin' cannot praise you enough"

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Conductor - Orchestra
Karella Mitchell
Principal Cello - Orchestra
Joanna Landstra
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Andrew Ford OAM
Jacob Antonio
Principal Violin - Orchestra
Kyle Little
Artistic Director/Concert Master - 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.

Cedar-Rose Newman
Cedar-Rose Newman ​performs with Steel City Strings Cedar-Rose Newman (15) will feature as a soloist for ​​our 2019 Celebration of[...]
Serenades and Dances 2018 Program
The Serenades and Dances program was the first time Steel City Strings played with guitar.Conducted by Shilong Ye, the program[...]
Ross Edwards Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra
​Steel City Strings feature​s Australian composer Ross Edwards' Arafura Dances – Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra in the last program[...]
Edward Elgar Serenade for Strings in E Minor
​The first piece to be featured in Steel City Strings' Serenades and Dances program is Edward Elgar's Serenade for Strings[...]
Strings with Voices
Steel City Strings collaborate with the con voci chamber choir Susie Bishop, Soprano Daniel Tambasco, Tenor Jared Lillehagen, Bass June[...]
Steel City Strings Audience feedback – July 18
​Audience feedback from the Strings with Voices performance has thrilled the members of Steel City Strings and inspired more exciting[...]

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.


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.