2018 Season Announced

In 2018, City Recital Hall will be the place to listen, think, sing, play, dance and feel. We’re excited to share our expanded program of daytime, evening, late night concerts and kids' events featuring some old friends and many exciting new collaborations.

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We look forward to welcoming you to City Recital Hall next year.

Puss in Boots

Friday 12 January 10.30am & 2pm (2pm: Auslan Interpreted)
Saturday 13 January 10.30am & 2pm (10.30am: Relaxed Performance)
A fun-filled modern take on the classic pantomime tradition, this is the ideal treat for a holiday outing this summer. Written by James Barry and directed by Jo Turner. 

Bambula – Paul Grabowsky and the Wilfred Brothers 

Thursday 25 January 8pm
The ancient Indigenous music of South East Arnhem Land’s Wilfred Brothers meets the award-winning compositional and improvisational artistry of Paul Grabowsky. Co-presented with Sydney Festival.

East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil

Saturday 17 February 7.30pm
An acclaimed work inspired by human rights lawyer Philippe Sands’ prize-winning book East West Street, which explores the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity. Co-presented with Sydney Writers' Festival and Arts Projects Australia.

Stalin’s Piano

Thursday 15 March 7.30pm
A compelling musical exploration of a century of history, art and politics. Celebrated pianist Sonya Lifschitz weaves virtuosic music together with video and audio recordings of eminent artists and political figures.

The Music of James Bond

Saturday 17 March 8pm
Celebrate the soundtrack of the world's greatest spy in live symphonic sound. Conducted by Mr 007 himself – Guy Noble – and sung with soulful power by Kate Ceberano and Michael Falzon.

Celebrating the Works of Markopoulos

Friday 7 April 7.30pm
Experience this spectacular concert celebrating the music of genius Greek composer Yannis Markopoulos featuring his classical symphonic works as well popular classics. Co-presented with the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW.

Songs of Belonging

Saturday 12 May 7.30pm
Acclaimed Australian Indigenous soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham AO shares her unique life story and the musical journey to discover her belonging.

Eternal Voices

Thursday 14 June 7pm
Following the sell-out success of Southern Lights, Northern Lights in 2017, Sydney Children’s Choir once again takes to the stage at City Recital Hall. Co-presented with Gondwana Choirs.

Kinderling House Party

Saturday 7 July 9.30am-2pm
City Recital Hall's foyer and mainstage are transformed into a funhouse of amazing music and thrilling activities for children of all tastes and talents. Co-presented with Kinderling Kids Radio.

Celebrating Ross Edwards

Saturday 4 August 7.30pm
Celebrate the 75th birthday of one of Australia’s best-known composers featuring Sydney Chamber Choir and Synergy. Co-presented with Sydney Chamber Choir.

Extended Play

Saturday 25 August Noon to Midnight
A 12 hour micro-festival that explores and celebrates new music in every format imaginable.

The Hits of Motown

Saturday 1 September 8pm
Take an unforgettable ride to Hitsville USA with the ultimate celebration of the number one songs of Motown!

Hush 18 Featuring ACO Collective

Sunday 16 September 2.30pm
Commissioned by the Hush Foundation, the ACO Collective perform works by Australian composers that have been inspired by their time spent with young people with chronic Illness. Co-presented with the Hush Foundation.

Lior and Paul Grabowsky

Thursday 20 September 7.30pm
A distinctive collaboration where Grabowsky’s improvisational dexterity on piano reinforces Lior’s haunting vocal style as they reinvent some of Lior’s most cherished songs.

The Beatles Orchestrated for Kids

Tuesday 9 October 2pm, Saturday 13 October 2pm
Take a ticket to ride on a yellow submarine in this lively, interactive performance that promises perfect school holiday fun featuring George Ellis, his fabulous orchestra and The Beatle Boys. Co-presented with George Ellis.

Tasting Notes

Thursday 11 October 7.30pm
Whet your appetite for the finest delicacies of opera and classical music in an extravaganza featuring tenor David Hobson and conducted by Guy Noble.

Voices of Angels

Monday 10 December 7pm, Tuesday 11 December 7pm
Join over 300 of the country’s most exciting young musicians from Gondwana Choirs for Sydney’s favourite Christmas concert. Co-presented with Gondwana Choirs.

Sydney Flash Mob Choir

In 2017, City Recital Hall burst with the sound of hundreds of exhilarated voices, singing in collective spontaneity. Sydney Flash Mob Choir returns to City Recital Hall in 2018 and you’re invited to lend your voice to the harmony.

This Sounds Like Science

This popular free lunchtime series, presented with Inspiring Australia, returns in 2018 to invite you to ponder the many inextricable links between science and music.

A Little Lunch Music

Our longest running series of lunchtime concerts is back bigger and better than ever in 2018, with an expanded program of twelve concerts featuring the best of classical, jazz and more.

Open House

From music trivia and slam poetry to emerging songwriters and talks on current issues, our free bimonthly event series Open House will make you laugh, think, or just relax and enjoy.


Our hit late night cabaret series is back for another year, bringing you unique and intimate bimonthly sets at the new time of 9pm. Co-presented with Andrew Bukenya.

Grand Challenges

In 2018, the University of NSW is bringing a series of exciting talks to City Recital Hall as part of the Grand Challenges program. Co-presented with the University of NSW.

The Exhibition Project

City Recital Hall join forces with The Other Art Fair for an exciting new exhibition program developed to enliven City Recital Hall with contemporary visual art.