About FSO

Welcome to the City of Fremantle Symphony Orchestra – a community orchestra and one of Perth’s most vibrant community groups.

The orchestra is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of music in the cultural life of Perth. With a regular membership of about 60 amateur musicians we present about 5 concerts each year including a subscription series of concerts at the Fremantle Town Hall and performances in other venues around Perth. In past years the orchestra has toured to Albany, Busselton and Margaret River.The group originated in 1961 with the formation of the Melville Orchestral Society, which became the Melville Symphony Orchestra. In 1981 the orchestra became the Nedlands Symphony Orchestra. In 1993 the orchestra took on its current name.

Our musical director David Pye has a proud history of leading the orchestra through major symphoic works for large orchestra.  In September 2006 the orchestra assembled more than 100 players for a full-scale performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.  In September 2009, in one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by a community orchestra, we performed Percy Grainger’s massive work The Warriors, scored for huge orchestra and percussion ensemble, in collaboration with Defying Gravity Percussion Ensemble and the Totally Huge New Music Festival.

In 2011 the orchestra celebrated its 50th birthday with gala concerts and the commissioning of a major new work from David Pye – Quinquagenta (A concerto for orchestra).

The orchestra is run by a voluntary committee – visit our contact us page for committee details.

Our concerts

Nothing can beat the emotional impact of great music performed live, the atmosphere of the concert hall, watching the orchestral players and the thrill of witnessing a great conductor or soloist creating something extraordinary or beautiful.

We try to make our concerts relaxed occasions; for example:

  • encouraging our conductors or soloists to introduce the work to the audience before it’s played
  • you can meet the players over a drink at interval or after the concert.

Make a day of it

Within easy walking distance of the Town Hall visitors can experience cafes, restaurants, great shopping, fine crafts, exciting galleries and bookshops, Fremantle fishing boat harbour, Fremantle Maritime Museum and the unique and beautifully restored architecture of the port city.

Home grown talent

As well as providing an outlet for the talents of about 60 of Perth’s finest amateur musicians, the FSO is a great training ground for aspiring local instrumental soloists, conductors and composers.

Fremantle Town Hall

Our regular concert venue, the Fremantle Town Hall, is a magnificently restored small concert hall. The hall was officially opened on the 22nd June 1887, to coincide with Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.  It has gone through many changes since then which culminated in 1986 with the Town Hall being re-opened by the Honourable R.J.L. Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia. Fully restored to its original grandeur; it is a shining example of 19th Century classical architecture.