The Northern Beaches Orchestra is an amateur Symphony Orchestra situated on Sydney's stunning Northern Beaches. Under the baton of Dr. Martin Hardy and Mr. Stephen Buchannen we perform a series of concerts through out the year finishing with the Annual Manly Christmas Carols as well as co-hosting the Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival.
What we do
Our ethos has always been twofold; cultural and educational. By providing a platform for established and distinguished amateur musicians, we aim to enhance the cultural life of the local community through accessible concerts. Once a term we host an open rehearsal welcoming musicians to have the opportunity to play with a full Symphony Orchestra, an eagerly anticipated event as it is preceded by a BBQ. Educationally NBO provides open rehearsals to younger musicians as well as co-hosting the Northern Beaches Instrumental festival which sees over 90 schools perform each year. Join NBO >>
The Northern Beaches Youth Orchestra is an orchestral extension program to outstanding young musicians. Conducted by Mark Stevens and Rebecca Hildebrandt the NBYO welcomes primary and early high school students by audition. The NBYO has seen great success performing in the Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival as well as hosting packed concerts each term. Join NBYO >>
The Northern Beaches Children's Orchestra provides a first ensemble experience for young instrumentalists, from 6 months experience to AMEB grade 2. Since starting in 2016 as a string orchestra, the NBCO has expanded to include all instruments, with each piece chosen especially to cater to the specific group of young musician's in the orchestra at any given time. Join NBCO >>
The orchestra started its life as a Youth Orchestra in 2008 after three local businesswomen sat down together for a coffee and lamented that there was no amateur symphony orchestra based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. One of these women, Louise Brown, went on to establish the orchestra. The three local councils – Manly, Warringah and Pittwater – together provided three years of generous start-up funding and the Northern Beaches Youth Orchestra was born.
The NBYO once established, enjoyed great success as a local alternative to a night out in the City to see a professional orchestra. We began to receive enquiries from older amateur musicians in the area who had nowhere to play. With the wealth of talented musicians, both young and old, living on the Peninsula it seemed a great pity not to have an orchestra where all of these people could join together to make beautiful music. Therefore, since 2011, the orchestra has welcomed not only young musicians but musicians of all ages splitting into the Northern Beaches Youth Orchestra and the Northern Beaches Orchestra.
As a non-for-profit organisation we rely on private donations and public funding. We would like to thank our donors, partners and audience members for their ongoing support.