We love seeing young people at our performances, and we have a range of concerts designed to be a perfect introduction to the world of classical music. From workshops for toddlers to interactive performances that delve into the world of classical music and the instruments within the orchestra, there is something for children of every age. Learn more about these performances.
Most of our evening and matinee performances are generally not suitable for very young children or infants, but please feel free to call our box office for guidance. All audience members, regardless of their age, are required to hold a valid ticket, including a baby on your lap.
The MSO currently has 80 permanent musicians (plus 8 vacancies to be filled). Many other musicians join us on a regular and casual basis, depending on the repertoire being performed. Every work requires different orchestral forces, which affects the number of players and the types of instruments on stage. Some Mahler symphonies, for instance, require more than 100 musicians, whereas some pieces by Bach or Mozart require as few as eight or ten players.
Before and during a performance
All MSO venues have seating arrangements for attendees with wheelchairs. Please let us know your requirements when booking tickets to ensure your seats are in the appropriate area. When you arrive at the venue, please see staff for assistance. For any information regarding accessibility, please call the MSO Box Office on (03) 9929 9600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes – these are available for use in every seat at Hamer Hall, and are free of charge. Connection can be achieved with standard headphones or with your hearing aid via a neck loop. Please see the front of house staff at Hamer Hall to arrange for use of listening devices. A driver’s license will be required when borrowing.