30 August 2017, Sydney Australia –

The start of Spring brings Northern Sydney’s largest gathering of school age student musicians to Chatswood for the annual NSSWE Spring Music Festival. More than two-thousand student musicians will participate in the four day festival, playing a diverse repertoire of symphonic, popular, classical and jazz music in the concert hall at The Concourse.

The NSSWE Spring Music Festival invites Northern Sydney’s primary and high school bands to perform their best ensemble pieces in a professional performance space, for the enjoyment of the public and reflective learning of their peers.

Now in its sixth successful year, the NSSWE Spring Music Festival has expanded from two to four days of concerts. It’s an inspiring growth for the local arts sector which Patrick Brennan, NSSWE Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, explains was necessary to meet the demand of schools wanting to participate.

“This year we have more than fifty bands taking the stage during the four days of the Spring Music Festival, all from schools across the Northern Sydney region.

“We’ve aspired to create a really unique experience for their students, to perform in a professional venue, alongside equally accomplished musicians and hopefully inspire them to persevere in pursuing their musical ambitions”.

This annual event certainly defines NSSWE as a truly community driven arts organisation, promoting and providing a professional performance arena and inspiration for student ensembles.

“It’s an intentionally non-competitive environment. It’s not about competing for marks in musicianship, but cultivating musical expression,” observed Patrick.

Six concerts make up the NSSWE Spring Music Festival which will take place at The Concourse Concert Hall in Chatswood between Thursday 7th September and Saturday 9th September – some tickets are still for sale to selected performances. For those that miss out on tickets, a free concert and Afternoon of Jazz will be held in the The Concourse outdoor amphitheatre between 2pm – 6pm on Sunday 10th September.

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For photo opportunities and interviews, please contact: Georgina Hardy, 0410 177 531, marketing@nsswe.org.au .

Notes to Editor:


Thursday 7 Sept: Evening concert 7pm
Friday 8 Sept: Evening concert 7pm
Saturday 9 Sept: Morning 11am, matinee 2.30pm, evening 7pm
Sunday 10 Sept: Afternoon of Jazz 2pm – 6pm. Free concert in the Concourse Forecourt

NSSWE Summer Music Festival
$19.90 adults, $65 families, $15 concessions,
$30 for a 2-concert pass (adults only)
ticketek.com.au (search for NSSWE)
The Concourse, Chatswood
Phone: 1300 795 012

About NSSWE:
Founded in 2010, the Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble (NSSWE) is an extension program for talented school-aged woodwind, brass and percussion musicians from the Northern Sydney region. In 2016, the program fostered the musical capabilities of 200 students from over 60 local Sydney schools across four ensembles. NSSWE’s mission is to inspire musical excellence among like minded young musicians through exposure to more advanced musical repertoires, newly commissioned pieces and the guidance of highly qualified conductors. NSSWE is also home to a unique professional development program for tertiary music students. Entry is by audition. NSSWE is a not-for-profit organisation. For more information, visit www.nsswe.org Follow the latest news on NSSWE students www.facebook.com/nsswe

Spring Festival 2017, participating bands:
Asquith Public School, Beacon Hill Primary School, Central Coast Conservatorium, Davidson High School, The Forest High School, Forestville Public School, Horns by South Public School, Key Music Australia, Killarney Heights High School, Killarney Heights Public School, Lane Cove Public School, Lane Cove West, Lindfield Public School, Manly West Public School, Mimosa Public School , Mount Colah
Public School, Narrabeen North Primary School, Newport Public School, Normanhurst West Public School, NSSWE, Our Lady of Good Counsel Forestville, Pennant Hills Public School, Pymble Ladies’ College, Seaforth Public School, St Kieran’s Catholic Primary School, St Thomas Catholic Primary School, Willoughby, Warrawee Public School , West Pennant Hills Public School, West Pymble Public School, Wheeler Heights Primary School, and Willoughby Public School

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