Cancelled: Australian Youth Orchestra



Concert Postponement Notification

We regret to advise Australian Youth Orchestra on Friday 17 April has now been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to COVID-19 is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

All ticket holders are entitled to a full refund via their original point of purchase. We are currently in the process of arranging refunds.

If you have any questions or concerns about this concert cancellation please contact our Ticketing Services team at

Event details

Celebrating the first twenty years of a new century, the finest young musicians from around Australia will combine their powerful energy and brilliance under the leadership of Benjamin Northey. Their repertoire includes Elena Kats-Chernin’s Heaven is Closed, written for the year 2000 celebrations; and the moving first symphony of Sibelius, composed at the turn of the 19th century.

Dvořák’s Cello Concerto has continuously captured the hearts of audiences since its premiere in 1896, and is one of the most performed concertos in the cello repertoire. Joining the Australian Youth Orchestra to perform the work is renowned Australian cellist Pei-Sian Ng – himself a former member of the Australian Youth Orchestra twenty years ago. Now Principal Cellist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and a regular soloist in many countries, his performances of this concerto have received widespread acclaim.

Don’t miss AYO’s return to Melbourne Recital Centre in 2020 with what promises to be an unforgettable night of orchestral music-making.

Presented by Australian Youth Orchestra


Heaven is Closed

Cello Concerto

Symphony No.1


Australian Youth Orchestra
Pei-Sian Ng cello
Benjamin Northey conductor