Sydney, 10 August 2015 More than 1,500 school musicians from more than 40 schools across Sydney’s Northern Beaches and upper and lower North Shore will assemble in Chatswood over the weekend of 12th and 13th September to perform in this year’s NSSWE Spring Music Festival.

Once again, this year’s NSSWE Spring Music Festival, now firmly-established as a major musical event in Sydney’s north, is part of Willoughby Council’s Spring Festival.

The program consists of four full-length concerts of symphonic, jazz, popular, and film music in The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood, and an afternoon of jazz music on The Concourse forecourt. All five NSSWE symphonic wind ensembles will be performing.

They will be joined by school bands and orchestra from across the northern Sydney region. For many of these young musicians, the NSSWE Spring Music Festival will be their first experience of performing in a major public concert theatre. Many schools are also returning to the Festival to build on their experiences from previous years.

Quotes from Patrick Brennan, Artistic Director, NSSWE

“NSSWE continues to evolve as a major cultural organisation, yet our ethos remains constant:  to provide opportunities for school-age musicians from across northern Sydney to stage public concerts, and experience the joy and thrill of live public performances.”

“NSSWE is of the community, for the community, and part of our responsibility is to offer new experiences to school-age musicians who aren’t currently NSSWE members. By staging this Festival, we can give many musicians the thrilling experience of playing to a public audience on a professional venue, a huge boost to their musical development.”

“The result is a weekend of outstanding music played with passion and integrity.”

NSSWE Spring Music Festival details

The concert dates and times are Saturday 12th September at 1.00pm and 7.00pm, and Sunday 13th September at 1.00pm and 6.30pm. The Afternoon of Jazz in The Concourse forecourt will feature performances by stage bands, which audiences can enjoy free of charge. NSSWE’s stage bands and guests will perform on Sunday 13th September, 2.00pm – 6.30pm.

Tickets will be on sale from Ticketek,  or from The Concourse booking office in person.  Details and links will be on the NSSWE web site.



The Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble (NSSWE) is a non-profit organisation established in early 2010 by Artistic Director Patrick Brennan. Created as an extension program for student musicians who play woodwind, brass or percussion in their school band programs, NSSWE is now a major cultural organisation. NSSWE provides students with opportunities to extend their musical ability by performing a musical repertoire of a very high standard, to develop their musical skills and talent under the direction of experienced musical directors and conductors, and to share their love of music with the broader community. Find out more about NSSWE at

For more information, contact:

Alan Smith, NSSWE
Phone: 0404 432 700

List of guest school bands registered to perform at this year’s NSSWE Spring Music Festival

In addition to NSSWE’s wind ensembles, bands and orchestras from the following schools have registered to perform:

  • Barrenjoey High School
  • Central Coast Symphonic Wind Ensemble
  • Forestville Public School
  • Hornsby South Public School
  • Hunters Hill Public School
  • Manly Village Public School
  • Manly West Primary School
  • Mimosa Public School
  • Mosman Public School
  • Newport Public School
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School
  • Seaforth Public School
  • St Ives Public School
  • St Kieran’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Kieran’s Manly Vale
  • St Martin’s de Porres
  • St Thomas Catholic School
  • The Forest High School
  • Turramurra North Public School
  • West Pennant Hills Public School
  • West Pymble Public School
  • Wheeler Heights Primary School
  • Willoughby Public School