Melbourne Sinfonia Auxiliary

Raising funds to support the RCH’s Gatehouse Centre.

Area: Flemington (weekly rehearsals) and Kew (performances)

The story so far

The Melbourne Sinfonia orchestra was formed in 1990 and since then has presented four concerts each year, performing music from the baroque, classical, romantic and modern repertoire. Concerts feature established local artists and talented students. The orchestra became an Auxiliary of the RCH in 2004. Our mission is to enjoy working together to play orchestral music to a high standard and to perform concerts.

Our current Musical Director and Principal Conductor is Joannes Roose who has been with the orchestra since 1994. The orchestra is comprised of fifty or so musicians from a variety of professional and musical backgrounds. The players commit much time to the Auxiliary because, of course, significant rehearsal time is needed in addition to that required for the performances. Additionally, The Melbourne Sinfonia is supported by several non-musician volunteers.

The orchestra rehearses on scheduled Wednesday evenings in Flemington, and performs four concerts a year in Kew.

Profits made from concerts are currently donated to The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Gatehouse Centre, which supports children and adolescents who have been sexually abused.

The Melbourne Sinfonia was proud to perform at an event to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Auxiliaries at the Myer Mural Hall in 2012. The orchestra played a light program of entertaining pieces to complement the 1920s theme of the event.

What we are working on

The Melbourne Sinfonia supports the work of the Gatehouse Centre, a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital that provides assessment, treatment (counselling, crisis services and ongoing support) and advocacy services for children, young people and their families, where sexual abuse has occurred or is suspected.

In early 2017 The Melbourne Sinfonia contributed funds towards a new initiative at the Gatehouse Centre. The project involves the development of educational and training resources to help prepare traumatised and vulnerable young people for a happier and safer future.

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Office bearers

President: David Halstead
Secretary: Bronwyn Hewitt
Treasurer:  Rosalind Calver


David Halstead


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