Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra / Local Hero

The Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2014 by Dr. Allan Stiles and a group of keen high-quality musicians in the Southern Highlands.

The orchestra, comprised of musicians from students to retirees and primarily from the Southern Highlands but also from adjacent communities ranging from Campbelltown to Canberra.

In the five years since its creation it has become widely recognised as one of the finest community symphony orchestras in New South Wales. The orchestra of over sixty members includes: professional musicians, semi-professional musicians and other highly qualified musicians that cover a range of professions including: lawyers, medicine, IT, media, teaching and publishing.

The orchestra has performed many premiere performances by Australian composers. Soloists from the region, overseas and nationally have also performed with the orchestra. The SHSO performs four concert series a year in the Bowral Memorial Hall.

The orchestra has now become a significant part of the educational and cultural life of the Southern Highlands.

SHSO Patrons 
Ann Carr-Boyd AM
Andrew Ford OAM

For more information
M  0416 380 567


SHSO Brass Players

The Dance of the Reed Flute: Dancers from Angus and Lucinda’s Academie de Danse in Swan Lake Suite by Tchaikovsky, with the SHSO

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  • Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra, 2019
  • Cedar Rose Newman (15 years old) performing Symphonie espagnole by Lalo in September 2019
  • Double bass section
  • Percussion players November, 2019
  • Woodwind, brass and percussion players, December 2019
  • Brass players, September 2019
  • Schumann Concertpiece for Four Horns and Orchestra, July 2019