Wollongong Orchestra Returns To Stages Across the Region

Media Release | Wollongong Orchestra Returns To Stages Across the Region


Since its inaugural Digital Season was launched last month conducted by Opera Australia conductor, Luke Spicer, Steel City Strings is pleased to announce a return to stages across the region before the end of 2020.


The full chamber orchestra will make a greatly anticipated return to the Wollongong Town Hall, Berry School of Arts and Bowral Memorial Hall across two weekends in a modified one-hour performance entitled ‘Steel City Strings: THE RETURN’.


Conducted by Luke Spicer, the concert includes Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos featuring Principal Cellist, Karella Mitchell and Rita Woolhouse, Peter Warlock’s popular Capriol Suite and a rare concert hall treat; Ernest Bloch’s Concerto Grosso No. 1 for strings and piano obbligato performed by David Vance.


‘The players are thrilled to perform to a live audience once again. It is one of the many reasons that live performance is truly the lifeblood of an orchestra.’ said Kyle Little, Artistic Director.

‘We’ve received regular correspondence from our fans asking about our return to live performance, so we’re thrilled to be able to deliver in a safe manner with eased restrictions’
said Jeremy Boulton, Manager.


‘We now need our audience to make a safe return to the concert hall and support our local musicians once again. We’re encouraging this through reduced ticket prices to enhance accessibility in a difficult economic time.’


Steel City Strings announces its new performance series to close 2020 after its successful ‘Isolation Strings’ digital performance series and its new Digital Season that continued to employ musicians, contract local suppliers and hire performance venues through COVID restrictions. The projects have received widespread support from the community.


Tickets to ‘Steel City Strings: THE RETURN’ are available at:

www.WollongongTownHall.com.au (Wollongong program)

and www.SteelCityStrings.com.au (Berry & Bowral programs)


Bookings are essential.


Wollongong Town Hall               7:30PM, Dec 5

Bowral Memorial Hall                 2PM, Dec 6

Berry School of Arts                  2PM, Nov 29





Press Contacts:         


Jeremy Boulton (Manager) | +61 450 342 313 | [email protected]


Lyndall Fowler | +61 487 077 711 | [email protected]



Steel City Strings: THE RETURN


November 29 – December 6 | Wollongong, Berry, Bowral


TICKETS: www.WollongongTownHall.com.au // www.SteelCityStrings.com.au




Statement on Earth Connections

Due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions, Steel City Strings will not go ahead with Earth Connections featuring William Barton performances at Chevalier Performings Arts Centre, Wollongong Town Hall and at Nowra School of Arts across August 22-29. Ticket holders will be refunded by Merrigong Box Office for the Wollongong Town Hall soon and subscription holders across all […]

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SCS @ HOME | ‘The Return’ 2020 Broadcast

Steel City Strings broadcast their late 2020 program ‘The Return’ LIVE on YouTube Premiere this Friday night.   A program that is short and sweet offers two old favourites, Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos and Peter Warlock’s popular Capriol Suite. And a surprise: Ernest Bloch’s Concerto Grosso No.1 for strings and piano obbligato. A […]

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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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