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In a don’t-miss event for music fans, the renowned Willoughby Symphony Orchestra with Chief Conductor Dr Nicholas Milton are bringing a unique and thrilling concert to Chatswood with ‘Heroes of Hollywood’.

Relive the magic of your favourite childhood soundtracks with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra’s incredible Heroes of Hollywood showcase. Chief Conductor Dr Nicholas Milton AM and the sensational musicians of the Willoughby Symphony, considered the country’s leading non-professional orchestra, bring stunning sonic landscapes to life in this unique concert experience.

The Willoughby Symphony Orchestra at their recent Legends and Lanterns – Lunar New Year Concert (Image: https://www.facebook.com/WilloughbySymphony)

“With concerts of film music, I am always amazed at how evocative it can be; how it can immediately transport audiences to another time and place, and how these vast and so often glorious sonic landscapes have the ability to evoke powerful emotions and associations,” Nicholas says.

The Willoughby Symphony feels incredibly lucky to have someone of his stature as their Artistic Director, a role Nicholas has been in since 2001. Raised in Northbridge, he believes in the power of providing communities with exceptional music and devotes much of his own time to developing local musicians and ensuring musical excellence.

In the Heroes of Hollywood showcase, listeners can expect music from the iconic soundtracks of Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Spiderman, Superman, Forrest Gump, Rocky, Gladiator and more.

“There is really music here for every taste and aesthetic…,” Nicholas says. “The fantastic scores of John Williams feature here somewhat, but there are other wonderful title tracks that display the vast breadth of possibility, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Spiderman, and as a completely different type of heroic figure, Alan Silvestri’s stunningly beautiful main title music of Forrest Gump.”

2MBS Fine Music Sydney is hosting pre-concert talks over the weekend, regaling listeners with amusing and interesting tales related to the music they’ll hear played by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. So listen in and make sure you scoop up your tickets for the live performance, with details below.


About Nicholas

A local from Northbridge, Nicholas boasts an impressive resume having studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Michigan State University, the Juilliard School in New York, and New York’s Mannes College of Music, and holding four Master degrees (Violin, Orchestral Conducting, Music Theory and Philosophy), and a Doctorate in Music from the City University of New York.

Before dedicating himself exclusively to conducting, Nicholas enjoyed a distinguished career as a violinist and chamber musician. He was appointed as the youngest-ever concertmaster of a major Australian orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and performed for eight years as Violinist in one of the country’s most distinguished and well-known chamber music formations, Macquarie Trio Australia. Nicholas has since appeared in concerts with leading orchestras across Europe and Asia.

Nicholas Milton Image: Marco Kany

The accomplished conductor was based in Germany last season, having commenced as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra in 2018. Before this, he was the General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the State Opera House in Saarbrücken, Germany and guest conducted across the world, coming home for Opera Australia’s performances of La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and Die Zauberflöte at the Sydney Opera House.

In 2016, Nicholas was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for Significant Service to the Arts as Musician, Conductor and Artistic Director. The same year, he was nominated for a GRAMMY® award in the category, Best Classical Instrumental, for his recording with Joseph Moog of Piano Concertos by Grieg and Moszkowski. Nicholas remains the only Australian conductor ever nominated for a GRAMMY® award.

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra Gala: Heroes of Hollywood

When: Saturday, 18 February 2023. 7-9:30 PM

Sunday, 19 February 2023, 2-4:30 PM

Where: The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood

Price: $15.30 – $57

Tickets: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Events/Willoughby-Symphony-Orchestra-Gala-Heroes-of-Hollywood


Main image credit: Christoph Mischke