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‘Come and Be Yourself’: SSO performs a concert for people with intellectual and physical disabilities

BY Caitlin Benetatos | 14-Oct-2014
Today, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performed a special concert specifically designed for those with intellectual and physical disabilities. The concert, titled ‘Come and Be Yourself’, saw an audience of 142 adults and students with disabilities experience the SSO, many for the first time. The concert was part of a week-long residency by the Orchestra at the ABC Centre in Ultimo where it will give performances to over 3,000 school students.

"The 'Come and Be Yourself' concert is a wonderful opportunity for the Orchestra to engage with a new audience that is sadly too often overlooked." explained SSO Director of Learning and Engagement Kim Waldock. "The concert was sometimes loud and fidgety as this is how the audience showed their enjoyment with the music – and this is fine! Classical music should elicit shouts of delight!" The audience included students of the Stewart House School (Curl Curl), adults registered with Disability Services Australia, Sylvanvale Disability Services and the Waverly Community Living Program, and individuals from suburbs including Greenacre and Matraville.

The Orchestra performed Australian composer Philip Jameson's Introduction and Rondo as well as popular classical works including Beethoven's Minuet movement from his eighth symphony and the first movement of Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets.