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Citizens’ Orchestra 2024

The Citizens’ Orchestra returns in 2024 on an even bigger scale, as part of Floods of Fire. Create authentic connections, collaborate with your community, and be inspired.

Citizens’ Orchestra

After the resounding success of the 2023 Adelaide Festival opening, Citizens’ Orchestra returns!

Citizens’ Orchestra is a musical celebration born out of the Floods of Fire project, and represents the South Australian community and our stories. Citizens’ Orchestra is free for all participants!

We’re inviting all citizens to join this intercultural, intergenerational orchestra and chorus. It’s a platform that welcomes professional musicians, beginners, and everyone in between. 

Through engaging workshops, participants will collaborate with Music Directors Tim Steiner and Ricardo Baptista, alongside ASO musicians to co-create music based on your stories. 

Join the Citizens’ Orchestra, and take part in an inclusive, joyous and empowering musical experience. 

Become a part of Citizens’ Orchestra!

Join us this November for a special Citizens’ Orchestra workshop, hosted by Music Director Tim Steiner!

These one-off free workshops provide the perfect opportunity to dip your toes in and experience the magic of Citizens’ Orchestra for yourself.

With different locations and times available, you can choose a workshop that suits you.

Participants booked for a workshop will be sent detailed information one week prior and will be registered for updates regarding our 2024 workshops and performance. There will be no commitment to continue in 2024 unless you find it truly captivating!

Book below to secure your spot, places are limited.

Book a free workshop

Flinders University Citizens’ Orchestra Open Workshop
Wed 22 Nov, 1pm
Flinders University Amphitheatre, Sturt Rd, Bedford Park SA 5042

Mount Barker Citizens’ Orchestra Workshop
Wed 22 Nov, 5pm
Mount Barker Town Hall, 34-38 Gawler St, Mount Barker SA 5251

Northern Sound System Citizens’ Orchestra Open Workshop
Thu 23 Nov, 5pm
Northern Sound System, 73 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth SA 5112

University of Adelaide Citizens’ Orchestra Open Workshop
Fri 24 Nov, 6pm
Madley Rehearsal Studio, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Northern Area Migrant Resource Centre Citizens’ Orchestra Open Workshop
Sat 25 Nov, 2pm
Northern Area MRC, 28 Mary Street, Salisbury SA 5108

City of Adelaide Citizens’ Orchestra Open Workshop
Sun 26 Nov, 2pm
Box Factory Community Centre, 59 Regent St S, Adelaide

Australian Refugee Association Citizens’ Orchestra Open Workshop
Tue 28 Nov, 12pm
Australian Refugee Association, Ann St, Salisbury SA 5108

Participants booked for a workshop will be sent detailed information one week prior and will be registered for updates regarding our 2024 workshops and performance. There will be no commitment to continue in 2024 unless you find it truly captivating!

Save the date | Our Citizens’ Orchestra 2024

There are many exciting plans in the works for Citizens’ Orchestra 2024!

If you would like to be a part of this exciting adventure, keep your diary open for the following:

February & March: Weekly workshops – a variety of times and locations will be available TBC

Saturday, March 16th: Dress Rehearsal & Performance

If you’re unable to attend a workshop in November but would like to be a part of Citizens’ Orchestra in 2024, simply register your interest by clicking the button below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Citizens’ Orchestra for?

The Citizens’ Orchestra is for everyone! Whether you’ve never touched an instrument, are a seasoned musician, or fall somewhere in between, this project welcomes you. Young or old, it’s for people with a story to tell, and people who love to listen. In essence, the Citizens’ Orchestra is for YOU!

How much does it cost?

Participation in the Citizens’ Orchestra is completely FREE for all attendees.

Do I need to register for workshops?

Yes – Our venues all have capacity limits so to be sure you don’t miss out on a place at your preferred time and location it is important to register your attendance by booking your spot at the links above.

How many workshops should I attend?

During November, you only need to attend one workshop to get a taste of Citizens’ Orchestra.

If you decide to embark on this journey in 2024, we request your commitment of weekly sessions for 2-3 weeks leading up to the performance, plus one dress rehearsal and the grand performance itself.

What do I bring during the workshops?

If you have a musical instrument, feel free to bring it; otherwise, just bring yourself. Don’t forget a water bottle for hydration. We recommend minimizing valuable or personal items, as we cannot assume responsibility for them.

What do I wear during workshops?

Wear whatever makes you comfortable.

I’m the parent of a child who is part of the Citizens Orchestra, what processes are in place?

All ASO staff on-site have a current WWCC.

Children aged 12-18 may attend alone with parent/guardian permission at the time of booking, however, any child under the age of 12 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Please note that due to the number of participants involved, ASO staff cannot always be responsible for supervision.

We ask that you carefully consider your child’s involvement, and welcome parents to observe or join in the workshops.

I still have questions, who do I contact?

For any further inquiries or questions, please reach out to us via email at

Led by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, presented in collaboration with Adelaide Festival, The University of Adelaide, and over 100 South Australian partner organisations.

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