Orchestra Victoria

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Victoria's premier pit orchestra

Orchestra Victoria was established in 1969 as the Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra, initially with just 32 players. Over the next decade, the Orchestra expanded both its numbers and repertoire as it accompanied some of the world's leading performers, including Rudolf Nureyev and Dame Joan Sutherland, and worked with renowned conductors such as Richard Bonynge, Stuart Challender, Carlo Felice Cillario, and John Lanchbery.


In 1986, ownership of the Orchestra was transferred to the Victorian Arts Centre and its name was changed to the State Orchestra of Victoria.


In 2001, the Orchestra left the Arts Centre to become an independent, self-governing organisation. This step heralded new beginnings, as the newly named Orchestra Victoria moved to its current home, the former Army Band Barracks in Albert Park. 


On 1 July 2014, Orchestra Victoria began an exciting new chapter when it became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Australian Ballet. Since then it has continued from strength to strength, expanding activities, continuing to perform with leading artists from around the world, revitalising its philanthropic program, appearing in broadcasts, recordings and open air events, and touring interstate for the first time in many years.


With over 200 performances a year, to more than 250,000 people, Orchestra Victoria is widely regarded as the most versatile orchestra in the country.

Read the inaugural edition of The Score with player interviews and orchestra updates. 

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