It's hard to believe that this remarkable work is only a little over 50 years old. Virtually ever major conductor and orchestra has performed on this work and it has received many glowing performances. And now this exceptional youth orchestra does it full justice.
In 1957 the Australian Youth Orchestra gave its first concert at the Sydney Town Hall. Sir Charles Moses, then Managing Director of the ABC, wrote, "The public launching of the Australian Youth Orchestra may well be regarded by the future historians of Australian music as one of the most significant events in an era rich in musical achievements…"
In 1970 the Orchestra embarked on the first of many international tours. It has traveled to Japan, the Americas, Southeast Asia and Europe, most recently playing in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Many of the best musicians in Australia have been a part of the Orchestra, either as alumni or as tutors, often as both.