1 September 2019, Sydney Australia

Seventy school and community bands from across Northern Sydney will perform at the Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s Spring Music Festival 2019. 

The annual festival has become a feature on many Sydney school bands’ calendars, and returns to The Concourse, Chatswood this year for three days over September 13th to 15th.

Summing up the spirit of the festival, NSSWE Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Patrick Brennan said that:

“The NSSWE Spring Music Festival is about creating opportunities for young musicians to demonstrate the results of their hard work and celebrate the joys of music with appreciative audiences from all over Northern Sydney. It’s a rare thing for young musicians to play to a full house in a professional venue as magnificent as The Concourse.

This is our eighth Spring Music Festival and we are very excited to welcome over 2,500 musicians to join us in Chatswood for a spectacular festival of concert band and big band music. We know our audiences will love the variety of music and the energy of the performances.”

As part of the Festival, NSSWE is running a conducting masterclass to be delivered by noted Australian guest clinician, Jason Isaac. The workshop supports local conductors in their professional development as well as nurtures and supports them to build successful band programs at their school.

NSSWE’s Spring Music Festival 2019 includes a free, all day public concert on the Sunday featuring an exceptional list of local Sydney school jazz and stage bands. Ticketed concert band performances take place across the three days of the festival in the Concert Hall, and seats are still available to all sessions, including the Conducting Workshop on the Friday afternoon.

NSSWE would like to thank Willoughby Council for their financial contribution towards the Spring Music Festival. NSSWE is a recipient of the Willoughby Council’s Concourse Performing Arts Subsidy for 2019. NSSWE would also like to thank In Tune Music, World Projects South Pacific, JAM and Gavin Little Photography for their support during the Festival.

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For photo opportunities and interviews, please contact:

Nicholas Badger, 0430 301 493, marketing@nsswe.org.au

Images available, including this one.

Notes to Editor:


Friday 13st Sept: Evening concert 7pm. 

Saturday 14th Sept: Morning 11am, afternoon 2.30pm, evening 7pm. 

Sunday 15th Sept: Afternoon 1pm, evening 6.30pm. 

Afternoon of Jazz (free) 11am – 6pm in the outdoor amphitheatre at The Concourse. 



NSSWE Spring Music Festival 2019, participating bands: 

  • Asquith Public School
  • Belrose Public school
  • Bilgola Plateau Public School,
  • Hornsby South Public School
  • Killarney Heights Public School
  • Lane Cove Public School
  • Manly West Public School
  • Mimosa Public School
  • Mount Colah Public School
  • North Sydney Girls High School
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School
  • Oxford Falls Grammar School
  • Seaforth Public School
  • St Martin’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School
  • Villa Maria Catholic Primary School
  • Warrawee Public School
  • West Pymble Public School
  • Wheeler Heights Public School
  • Willoughby Public School
  • NBSC Balgowlah Boys High School
  • St Kieran’s Catholic Primary School
  • Denistone East and Truscott Street Public school
  • Killarney Heights High School
  • Key Music Australia
  • Epping Heights Public School
  • West Pennant Hills Public School
  • Carlingford Public School
  • The Forest High School
  • Newport Public School
  • Normanhurst West Public School
  • Lindfield Public School
  • Gordon West Public School
  • Forestville Public School
  • Roseville Public School
  • Eastwood Heights Public School
  • JAM Big Band
  • Ku-ring-Gai High School

 About NSSWE:


NSSWE was founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Patrick Brennan. We offer a streamed program of four wind ensembles, ranging in age from primary school through high school and youth up to the age of 23 who are still studying their instrument. NSSWE draws students from over 50 public, private and independent schools across the Northern Sydney region.

NSSWE also offers a specially tailored program for tertiary level students, NSSWE Plus, which provides professional development and training for those interested in pursuing a career in music, focusing on skills in conducting, rehearsal technique, music education and instrument teaching.

NSSWE is committed to nurturing and supporting school band programs and we do this by delivering community concerts in autumn and winter at The Forest High School, and by offering professional development for conductors in the local area. NSSWE hosts its our Spring Music Festival every year in September at The Concourse, Chatswood.

NSSWE’s ensembles also perform at many community and public events throughout the year. This year we will be holding our spectacular Showcase concert featuring all four ensembles on 21 November at The Concourse.

For more information, visit https://www.nsswe.org/  Follow the latest news on NSSWE students https://www.facebook.com/nsswe/ 

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