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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Applications are now closed

  • Performance dates – Monday 19 to Thursday 22 September (Term 3 Week 10)
  • Teachers online professional learning – 2 March 4:30 pm (Term 1 Week 6)
  • Rehearsals at Salvation Army Congress Hall – 22 to 25 August (Term 3 Week 6).

Please be aware that this Festival will be contingent on advice provided by the Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health, and can change at short notice.

Department of Education latest information on COVID-19 advice.

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.

To apply for the Primary Proms 2022 complete the online application form via The Arts Unit Community.

We are using a new online portal, The Arts Unit Community to receive 2022 school applications. Adding 'The Arts Unit Community' tile in your 'Essentials - Inside the department', you can edit your forms and communicate with us. 

If you need IT assistance with your application in the TAU Community portal, please log an EDConnect remedy request or email


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.


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 will open on Tuesday 26 April 2022.


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

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