Primary Proms

Year 3 and 4 students and teachers

The Primary Proms features a Combined Primary Choir of 450 voices from Years 3 to 4. In 2022 the choir will perform in 4 concerts at the Sydney Town Hall, together with outstanding instrumental and vocal items from public schools across NSW.

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    2022 Performance tickets on sale 22 August


    Tickets for the 2022 Primary Proms at the Sydney Town Hall:

    • Brindabella Concert ticket sales open Monday 22 August at 9 am – performance date Monday 19 September 
    • Coorong Concert ticket sales open Tuesday 23 August at 9 am – performance date Tuesday 20 September
    • Daintree Concert ticket sales open Wednesday 24 August at 9 am – performance date Wednesday 21 September
    • Kakadu Concert ticket sales open Thursday 25 August at 9 am – performance date Thursday 22 September

    Please note:

    • all tickets are sold via the City Recital Hall box office, but performances take place at the Sydney Town Hall.
    • all tickets at the Sydney Town Hall are general admission.
    • Prices $40 adults and $34 students/concessions

    2022 concert dates at the Sydney Town Hall

    • Brindabella concert: Monday 19 September 2022, 7:00 pm
    • Coorong concert: Tuesday 20 September 2022, 7:00 pm 
    • Daintree concert: Wednesday 21 September 2022, 7:00 pm 
    • Kakadu concert: Thursday 22 September 2022, 7:00 pm

    The NSW Department of Education will present 4 concerts in the Centennial Hall of the Sydney Town Hall.  School choirs made up of students from Years 3 and 4 that are capable of singing in 2 parts will form part of a combined choir of 450 voices for each concert. Signing choirs (deaf and hard of hearing students) are also encouraged to participate – these teachers should contact for details.

    There will be no audition required for the combined choir in 2022.

    • All public schools that apply will be accepted.
    • A maximum of 30 students per school will be considered, although this number may be capped/reduced depending on how many schools apply.
    • If you wish to nominate more than 30 students from your school, you will be able to indicate this on the application form.

    How to apply

    Applications for the Primary Proms 2022 are now closed.


    The 2022 repertoire - similar to the pieces that were selected for the (cancelled) 2020 festival - includes 11 songs carefully selected from a variety of genres such as folk and musical theatre, as well as traditional choral repertoire. The pieces have been arranged for unison and 2-part singing and include Australian compositions and arrangements. Signing choirs can access the resources for two of the pieces that have been developed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Teaching tips and conducting videos, audio teaching tracks, lyrics as word docs, and reference sheet music can be accessed in the Primary Proms 2022 resource. Enjoy sharing these wonderful songs with your students.


    Preliminary rehearsals at the Salvation Army Congress Hall - mandatory (metropolitan schools only)

    • Brindabella rehearsal: Monday 22 August 2022, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
    • Coorong rehearsal: Tuesday 23 August 2022, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
    • Daintree rehearsal: Wednesday 24 August 2022, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
    • Kakadu rehearsal: Thursday 25 August 2022, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

     Cluster rehearsals - mandatory (non-metropolitan schools only)

    • Non-metropolitan schools must host or attend a 4-hour cluster rehearsal with other nearby participating schools during Term 2 or 3 (if COVID-safe guidelines allow), as negotiated with Ian Jefferson.


    • Participation fee of $37.00 per student will be payable upon acceptance into the program.  
    • A rural and remote subsidy of 25% will be offered to all students attending from rural and remote schools as identified by the Department.
    • In the event of a COVID-19 related withdrawal from the festival performance, schools will be refunded 50% of the participation fee paid.

    Professional learning and resources

    • It is mandatory that at least one teacher from each participating school attend the Primary Proms - teachers’ professional development webinar on Wednesday 2 March 2022, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
    • All teachers from all public schools – regardless of their involvement in the festival - are welcome to attend this webinar. Please register by Friday 11 February 2022 to receive your complimentary copy of the 2022 Primary Proms repertoire.
    • A range of online repertoire resources will become available upon registration.
    • Each participating student will receive a 2022 Primary Proms repertoire book.
    • Extra copies of the repertoire book can be ordered for non-participating students/schools at $20 per book. Teacher copies are complimentary.
    • Each participating student and teacher will receive a specially designed T-shirt to wear at the performance.

    Individual school instrumental and vocal items

    In 2022 performance opportunities are available for outstanding individual school instrumental and vocal items at the Festival of Instrumental Music, Festival of Choral Music and Primary Proms. These opportunities are open to all public school students (Years K to 12) and can include music ensembles of all sizes, large or small – including soloists. Application by video audition. Applications are now closed.


    For further information concerning the 2022 Primary Proms please contact Ian Jefferson, Student Music Programs Officer (K-8) at The Arts Unit - email


    COVID-19 notice

    The operation of this program is contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health. All activities will adhere to the DoE COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.

    Visit the COVID-19 and public schools in NSW web page for more information.


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