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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra


Founded under the artistic direction of renowned musician and educator the late Richard Gill AO and now under the co-artistic direction of Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra is a world-class orchestra of leading Australian musicians who are dedicated to the performance of Classical and Romantic orchestral and chamber music repertoire in historically informed style on period instruments.

"Australia's brightest & shiniest new orchestra ... an important addition to Australia's musical landscape." Limelight Magazine

Over the past several years, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra has grown as a flexible and energetic addition to the Australian musical landscape. It draws on a strong network of specialist musicians, including a number of Australians based overseas and highly regarded in the global historically informed performance scene. This movement is gaining momentum worldwide, as it identifies and addresses listeners’ eagerness to hear fresh takes on repertoire they grew up with, and be introduced to works by the lesser-known contemporaries of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra provides opportunities for engagement and education with wide audiences through live performance, collaborations with Australian ensembles and directors, radio broadcasts and specialist music education programs.

The combination of ongoing support from private donations, philanthropic funding and government funding, has created a strong financial basis for the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra to invest in presenting unique performance opportunities and education projects, fulfilling its potential as an internationally renowned Australian orchestra.


With engaging and exciting subscription seasons, a fabulous lineup of soloists and directors from Australia and Europe, and a specialised music education program designed by our Founding Artistic Director Richard Gill AO, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra is something truly to bring all of us great joy.

Private or corporate support by way of donation is an invaluable asset for this arts organisation and your support will make an enormous difference to the artistic and cultural landscape of Australia.

Please feel free to contact our General Manager, Nicole van Bruggen ( for further information on joining our Donors Circle, becoming a Principal Chair Patron or leaving a bequest.

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Contact Details

3 Thomson Place

0452 514 730

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Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.