ACO Collective

about the show

The ACO is renowned for embracing celebrated classics alongside new commissions and Serenades for Strings is no exception.

A romantic program of the finest classical music from Beethoven to Mendelssohn mixed with an exciting new Australian work; composer Paul Stanhope’s Dancing on Clouds from the Hush 18 Collective Wisdom album.

Helena Rathbone, Principal Violin and founding Director of ACO Collective, celebrates her 25th year with the ACO and leads a magical night that will take you from Edward Elgar’s tranquil Serenade for Strings to Beethoven’s delightful and optimistic Romance for violin and orchestra.

creative team

Helena Rathbone Director & Violin
ACO Collective


PAUL STANHOPEDancing on Clouds
BEETHOVENRomance for Violin and Orchestra No.1 in G major (arr. Bernard Rofe)
MENDELSSOHNSinfonia No.7 in D minor
ELGARSerenade for Strings
BEETHOVENString Quartet in F minor ‘Serioso’ (arr. strings)



“The collective sound is exquisite and homogenous, a tribute to the musicians of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, who have sought these rare talents.”  Sydney Morning Herald

bar and diner

The licensed NORPA Bar will be open from 6pm, and also during and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the theatre.

The Secret Chef Diner will be open from 6pm, offering main meals, share plates and desserts.


Antipasto platters $20
Gourmet cheese, roasted tomato bocconcini skewers, smoked hummus, olives, bread

Mains $15
Chicken Laksa, rice noodles, fried eschalots
Vegetarian Laksa, rice noodles, fried eschalots

Dessert $10
Summer fruit sago pudding

patron advice

Duration is 90 minutes (no interval).


Single Tickets
Adult  $59
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+  $53
Under 25  $25

Adult  $47
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+  $42
Under 25  $20

Allocated seating (numbered tickets).

Subscription Packages

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Gift Vouchers

A NORPA gift voucher makes the perfect Birthday or Christmas gift. They’re available online here, or call the Box Office on 1300 066 772.

Please note there is a $4.40 transaction fee.

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