The Bush Concert

Susan Ferguson - Presenter



A tale about community, adversity and inclusion – The Bush Concert is the story of the Australian bush and its harsh conditions. The bird community is in distress as they struggle to find water and food during drought, and come together to hold a big concert to lift everyone’s spirits– The Bush Concert!

Based on Helga Visser’s beautiful Australian book of the same name, this participatory experience engages students through song, dance, and the beautiful images from the book. Mark Simeon Ferguson’s score is a wonderful introduction to the sounds of our Australian birds, and an enchanting introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.


This ASO production toured to China in August 2018 and makes its return to Australian schools in 2019.


Suitable Yr K-3 
Curriculum links: 
Music, Literacy, Drama, Dance, Visual Arts, Science


Touring to schools Wed 10 - Fri 12 Apr
Morning concert – start time options either: 9.30am, 9.45am, 10.00am
Afternoon concert – start time options either: 1.30pm, 1.45pm, 2.00pm

Teacher Professional Development

Date Monday 11 February, 4.30 - 6.30pm
Cost $50 per teacher
Location ASO Grainger Studio
Presenters Susan Ferguson & Margaret McGowan-Jackson

Discover ways to immerse your classes in the experience prior to the performance day, focusing on music and covering aspects of all five of the Arts Subject Areas. Learn ways to explore and imagine the scenes of the story with your students through the creation of artwork, dance, media and musical compositions.

Resource materials will be provided


Click here to book tickets for Teacher Professional Development


  • Wed 10 Apr, 2019 9:30am
  • Wed 10 Apr, 2019 1:30pm
  • Thu 11 Apr, 2019 9:30am
  • Thu 11 Apr, 2019 1:30pm
  • Fri 12 Apr, 2019 9:30am
  • Fri 12 Apr, 2019 1:30pm


50 mins


Applications for The Bush Concert incursion have now closed.


Teacher Professional Development tickets still available here.



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