Burnside Symphony Orchestra

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The Burnside Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra based in the Burnside Council area in Adelaide, South Australia. While most concerts presented are in the Burnside Ballroom at the Burnside Town Hall, the orchestra often repeats performances outside the Adelaide metropolitan area offering rural towns the chance to hear live performances of popular classical music. Most members reside in the metropolitan area, with the majority from the Burnside & surrounding council areas.[citation needed]


The orchestra was formed in 1956 by a small group of musicians. The orchestra has now grown to more than 50 players. Members consist of a mix of amateur and semi-professional musicians.[citation needed]


The orchestra aims to present 4 concerts each year, and performs some programs both at its home venue, the Burnside Ballroom, and at a country venue. Country venues in the past have included Tanunda in the Barossa Valley. Most concerts are presented in support of a local or international charity. Charities have included Save the Children, Burnside Rotary, Royal District Nursing Society and Sailability.[1]


The orchestra's current musical director is Philip Paine. From 2010 to 2012 the musical director was Bryan Griffiths.[2] Conductors in the past have included Alwin Kidney, David Cubbin (deceased), Bob Cooper, Jim Ferguson, Alfonse Anthony, Joanna Drimatis,[3] Martin Butler [4] and Kim Worley.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ Bryan Griffiths, Adelaide Youth Orchestras, adyo.com.au
  3. ^ Joanna Drimatis, Australian Doctors Orchestra, www.ado.net.au
  4. ^ Martin Butler, Adelaide Youth Orchestras, adyo.com.au/about-2/conductors/martin-butler/

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