Darwin Symphony Orchestra

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Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO)
Founded 1989
Website www.dso.org.au

The Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is an orchestra based in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, founded by Martin Jarvis.[1]

The DSO gave its first concert in 1989. The Orchestra receives funding from the Northern Territory Government and support from private corporations and donors including Charles Darwin University. The orchestra has over 60 musicians, and Matthew Wood is its artistic director.

The DSO performs about 8 concerts a year. ABC Television has produced a documentary on the DSO titled Have Orchestra, Will Travel which received both national and overseas broadcasts.

The Darwin Symphony Orchestra has performed concerts in places such Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Glen Helen Gorge, Groote Eylandt, Nhulunbuy and Jabiru. The Orchestra has performed with renowned artists such as John Williams and Emma Matthews.

The DSO was twice presented with the National Australia Day Community Event of the Year Award. In 1995 the DSO received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Culture from the Centre of Australian Cultural Research. In 2000 the Orchestra was presented by TOAN (The Orchestras of Australia Network) with the award for a community orchestra

The current artistic director of the DSO is Matthew Wood. The orchestra's current general manager is Karen Relph


  1. ^ "Full list of 2007 Australia Day Honours". The Australian. 26 January 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 

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