Under the baton of Founding Artistic Director & Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams, The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO) is recognised as one of Australia’s most versatile orchestras, delivering consistently vibrant first-class experiences.
A not-for-profit registered musical charity since 2009, TMO boasts more than 500 concerts, national and international tours, and several album recordings. The orchestra’s self-produced annual seasons have included a variety of events tailored to different demographics, from their highly acclaimed and regularly sold-out Met Concert and Cushion Concert series to development programs for composers, conductors and performers, plus outreach concerts for newly arrived refugees.
Over the past ten years, an impressive roster of performers has appeared with TMO including internationally renowned artists José Carreras, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Bryn Terfel, Sumi Jo, David Helfgott, Elaine Paige, Anthony Warlow, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, James Morrison, Kate Ceberano, Marina Prior, Todd McKenny and the Grigoryan Brothers.
In high demand as an orchestra-for-hire, TMO shows its versatility regularly performing across a wide range of genres. Recent highlights include Australian and New Zealand tours with the 2Cellos, Basement Jaxx, The Piano Guys, Air Supply, Joy Division and hiphop act Horrowshow, as well as concerts with film (BBC’s Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy), NRL Grand Final pre-game entertainment, Opera in the Vineyards and sailing the South Pacific annually as resident orchestra aboard Bravo Cruise of the Performing Arts for the past 6 years.
An important focus in The Metropolitan Orchestra’s mission is to support Australian artists – orchestral players, composers, conductors and soloists. In 2016 TMO launched its inspiring Composer Development Program unearthing new Australian composers, 2017 saw the of launch TMO’s Young Artist Program and in 2018, TMO proudly opened a Conducting Mentorship, for young conductors.
TMO has commissioned, performed and recorded world premieres by a number of Australian composers including Jim Coyle, Sean O’Boyle, Mark Grandison, Daniel Rojas, Bruce Mathiske, Elena Kats-Chernin, Nigel U’Brihien, Abiko Yusaku, Adrian Hallam, Heather Shannon, Gavin Lockley, Keyna Wilkins and Gumaroy Newman. TMO has also workshopped new works by Paul Stanhope, Stuart Greenbaum, Matthew Hindson and James Humberstone.
TMO has performed for several album recordings and in 2017 released their own album ‘The Metropolitan Orchestra – Live at the ABC Centre Sydney’ featuring performances recorded by ABC Classic FM.