Orchestras strengthening international engagement

Over 100 student musicians are heading to Singapore and Malaysia, and a new major UK partnership for the MSO has been announced.
Student musician from the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Photo of a young person with black hair playing a violin among other musicians.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchetra (MSO) has also announced a new international agreement with the Royal Academy of Music, London. The three-year program will facilitate cross-cultural exchange between Australian and British musicians studying at the MSO Academy and Royal Academy. This is the MSO’s second major UK partnership, following its engagement with the London Symphony Orchestra last year.

The first intake for the new annual exchange program will commence in 2025 and will see five members of each academy spending 10 to 14 days with their international counterparts. The program will foster interpersonal and networking relationships across the Australian and British music industries.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_