Send off summer in style with a series of free outdoor concerts fit for cultural royalty. Held Saturdays throughout February, and featuring some of Australia’s most acclaimed music and vocal artists.
Farewell summer with the Stonnington Symphony orchestra, performing live with special guest artist Ella Hooper.
ARTISTS & TEAM
Artistic Director & Conductor
||Conductor and violinist, Roy Theaker has performed from Suntory Hall, Tokyo to the South Bank, London via the Holy Citadel, Amman and the European Parliament, Brussels. Invitations as a Guest Concertmaster include major orchestras throughout Australia, Asia and Europe.
After studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal Academy of Music, London and the Vienna Conservatoire, he toured extensively as a violinist with the Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Fields and the London Chamber Orchestra. Since 2010 he has been part of Symphony Australia’s Conductor Development Program, working with the Tasmanian, Auckland, and Adelaide Orchestras. Roy is currently Orchestra Leader with Conducting Responsibilities for the Melbourne production of The Lion King, as well as having recently completed his Masters of Business Administration.
||Best known as an award winning singer songwriter, Ella has a career that has developed from the rock of Killing Heidi to the alt Folk of the Verses and the revealing songs of Ella Hooper solo. A five-time ARIA winner, Ella has written several top ten hits including a number one album and single.
Ella has played many major festivals and toured as support for the biggest acts in the world, including Fleetfood Mac. Ella has also appeared on TV as the team captain in ABC’s Spicks and Specks and also co-hosted her own national radio show on the 2Day network. Currently Ella is producing a new EP ‘New Magic’ to compliment ‘Venom’, which was launched earlier this year.
||Sian Prior is a writer, broadcaster, teacher, musician and event host. She has presented arts programs on ABC Radio National and 774 ABC Melbourne, and contributed a weekly column to The Age newspaper for three years. She still writes regularly for Fairfax publications and hosts programs on ABC Classic FM. Sian teaches in RMIT’s creative writing programs and her first book, ‘Shy: a memoir’, was published by Text Publishing in 2014.
Stonnington Symphony is a not-for-profit, registered charitable organisation based in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. It is widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest community orchestras, as well as being a flag-ship community arts organisation in the City of Stonnington. Its mission is to produce professional-standard, affordable concerts, attractive to a broad spectrum of the community, in readily accessible venues.
The orchestra currently has players ranging in age from 18 to 83, who volunteer their leisure time to share their extensive skills and musical experience with fellow musicians and audiences alike. Stonnington Symphony actively encourages members of the community to become involved in its various activities as players, Friends or volunteers.
Symphony General Manager
For more information or to become a Friend of Symphony, visit stonningtonsymphony.org.au
Hosted and organised by the City of Stonnington