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, together with outstanding instrumental and vocal items from public schools across NSW. The singing repertoire is specifically selected and arranged for younger voices. Professional learning opportunities and associated resources support teachers to confidently teach the repertoire to their students.

    A row of students singing in the Combined Primary Choir.

    2024 information

    Applications for Primary Proms are now closed.

    • Performance dates – Monday 23 to Thursday 26 September (Term 3 Week 10)
    • Rehearsals at Salvation Army Congress Hall – 2 to 5 September (Term 3 Week 7)
    • All Arts Unit programs are inclusive. If your students require support to participate in the Primary Proms, please email so that we can assist.

    Concert dates at the Sydney Town Hall

    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.

    • Brindabella concert: Monday 23 September 2024, 7:00 pm
    • Coorong concert: Tuesday 24 September 2024, 7:00 pm
    • Daintree concert: Wednesday 25 September 2024, 7:00 pm
    • Kakadu Concert: Thursday 26 September 2024, 7:00 pm


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

    • Brindabella rehearsal: Monday 2 September 2024, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
    • Coorong rehearsal: Tuesday 3 September 2024, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
    • Daintree rehearsal: Wednesday 4 September 2024, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
    • Kakadu rehearsal: Thursday 5 September 2024, 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, as negotiated with Luke Wallace.


    • Participation fee of $40.00 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.

    Professional learning and resources

    • At least one teacher from each participating school should attend the Primary Proms - teachers’ professional development workshop on Thursday 15 February 2024, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
    • All teachers from all public schools – regardless of their involvement in the festival - are welcome to attend this workshop. Please register by Friday 2 February 2024 to receive your complimentary copy of the 2024 Primary Proms repertoire.
    • A range of online repertoire resources are provided.
    • Each participating student will receive a 2024 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.

    Instrumental and vocal items

    In 2024 performance opportunities are available for outstanding 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 and can include music ensembles of all sizes, large or small – including soloists and choirs. To learn more and apply, visit the Instrumental and vocal items page



    For further information concerning the 2024 Primary Proms, please get in touch with Luke Wallace, R/Student Music Programs K–8 Officer at The Arts Unit