2 – 6 August 2021

Orchestra Victoria in Bendigo

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the current COVID-19 lockdowns, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our performances of The New Babylon and Leonard the Lyrebird. Stay tuned though, we are currently finding new dates for these events and we hope to announce the details soon. All ticket holders will be contacted about their tickets by the relevant venue and those who purchased a ticket to the paid events will receive a refund.

Unfortunately our On the mOVe! education program, including the Student Orchestral Performance on 5 August, has been cancelled. All participants have been emailed.

Our performances of Jacqui Dark Sings Brel that were scheduled to take place at the Bendigo Bank Theatre on 4-5 August were previously cancelled due to state border closures. All ticket holders were contacted by the venue.

We thank you for your support and understanding.

Orchestra Victoria returns to Bendigo this August with a series of performances for all ages.

Indulge in a cinematic experience like no other with an exclusive screening of the silent arthouse film The New Babylon with live orchestra, or our little listeners can enjoy an interactive storytime session with Leonard the Lyrebird – a perfect first musical experience.

Explore our Bendigo performances below.


A silent film with live orchestra

Orchestra Victoria and Star Cinema present an exclusive screening of The New Babylon – the 1929 Russian silent film that has become an arthouse classic.

Amongst contemporary critics, The New Babylon is recognised as a pioneering and brilliantly original piece of work, especially in the witty and satirical way the music plays with the images on screen.

The score by Shostakovich, one of the leading composers of the 20th century, is tumultuously inventive and filled with references to 19th century French music (think can-cans and gallops) that fit the same historical period in which the drama unfolds.

Bendigo’s Star Cinema provides the perfect setting for this rare arthouse gem. While you gaze at the big screen from your couch and listen to the lively music, your cinematic experience will be further enhanced with the flavour of Central Victoria in the form of a local wine or boutique beer.

Treat yourself to a unique night at the cinema with Orchestra Victoria, conducted by internationally acclaimed Australian conductor Dane Lam.

POSTPONED - Stay tuned for details  
Star Cinema, Eaglehawk Town Hall

Adults $28
Cinema Members $22
Concession $22
Seniors $20
Under 16 $16
Family $60

One Night Only, Limited Seats

ON THE MOVE! Student Orchestral Performance

Hear Bendigo’s up-and-coming young musicians perform alongside their professional role models from Orchestra Victoria. The culmination of three days’ intensive rehearsals and workshops led by Maestro Stephen Williams and musicians from Orchestra Victoria, this concert of orchestral and music theatre favourites showcases the students’ talent and dedication.

Photography Bill Conroy

Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

Free event, bookings required



Leonard is friends with everyone, and wow can he sing! But will his singing talents impress the one friend he really wants? Join this charismatic Blue Mountains bird in his search for the song that will change his life… 

Leonard the Lyrebird is a story about friendship, bravery and being yourself. Set to the sounds of clarinet, cello and piano, this concert adaption by composer Ian Munroe brings Jodie McLeod’s charming picture book to life. 

This short, interactive session is a perfect first musical experience for young people. They’ll be singing and dancing all the way home! 

POSTPONED - Stay tuned for details 
Elmore Library

Eaglehawk Library
Bendigo Library
Inglewood Library
Bendigo Bank Theatre 

Illustration Eloise Short


The New Babylon – Arthouse Silent Film with Live Orchestra 
Composer Dimitri Shostakovich 
Conductor Dane Lam 
Orchestra Victoria

On the mOVe! Student Performance 
Conductor Stephen Williams 
Orchestra Victoria and musicians from the On the mOVe! education program

Leonard the Lyrebird: A Musical Story 
Producer Mountain Concerts
Composer and narrator Ian Munro
Based on the children's book Leonard the Lyrebird
Written by Jodie McLeod
Illustrated by Eloise Short
Performed by Orchestra Victoria

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