Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Initially formed as a studio orchestra for the ABC in 1932, the Sydney Symphony has become one of Australia’s leading ensembles. Its inaugural chief conductor was Eugene Goossens, who conducted in its first true concert season in 1946. He determined to make the Sydney Symphony "among the six best in the world." Goossens' introduced outdoor concerts, conducted Australian premieres of major new works as a matter of course, and in 1948 uttered the famous statement: "Sydney must have an Opera House." It was he who chose Bennelong Point as the site for what would become Australia's most famous building, and the Sydney Symphony’s home.
The Orchestra's role as Sydney's leading musical organisation continues to develop. From a subscription audience of 500 people in 1936, this year over 350,000 people will attend a Sydney Symphony performance. Over 150 concerts will be given in Sydney and in outer metropolitan and regional centres, including special children's, schools and open rehearsals. The annual outdoor concert, Symphony in the Domain, attracts a crowd of 130,000.