A movie that reveals the Steel City Strings passion for music

Award winning filmmaker Tony Williams draws us into the heart of the Steel City Strings chamber orchestra to reveal the stories of the people behind the music. 

Wed 23 May - 6.00pm

Empire Cinema Bowral

Steel City Strings performs "Strings with Voices" featuring the chamber choir con voci

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Steel City Strings is excited to collaborate with chamber choir con voci  to present Schubert’s inspirational Mass in G Major, Grieg’s delightful Holberg Suite Op 40 and Faure’s beautiful and moving Cantique de Jean Racine.

23 JUNE  Wollongong Art Gallery
                 Saturday 7.30 pm

24 JUNE  Burrawang School of Arts
                 Sunday 2pm

1 JULY     Kiama Pavilion
                Sunday 2pm

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 and Australia’s greatest music educator)

Luke Spicer
Conductor - Orchestra
Karella Mitchell
Principal Cello - Orchestra
Joanna Landstra
Principal Viola - Orchestra
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.

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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.