wssoc no.2

From the Founding Conductor, Artistic & Executive Director - Dr Brian Chatpo Koo


Welcome to our Great Concerts of Great Classical Symphonies 2 2019.

Supported by the Hills Council, the Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra is very proudly presenting its second concert to the Western Sydney communities. This concert is proud to be a part of the Hills Orange Blossom Festival, and we have honored the presence of the Mayor of the Hills Shire Council, Dr. Michelle Byrne, again.

Featured with local musicians alongside the professional musicians of the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, this concert will feature great symphonic works of great classical composers: Marriage of Figaro Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pavane pour une infante défunte by Joseph Maurice Ravel, Fantasia - Clouds Chasing the Moon by Brian Chatpo Koo, and Symphony No.35 in D major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
I am sure it will be a great and unforgettable evening as to playing and listening to the great classical symphonies which contain complex structures, rigorous tonalities, rich harmonies, and the contrasting timbres of the various instruments.  Like the paintings of the great artists or the novels of the great writers, all of these can open our minds, widen our vision and enrich our souls.
It is my hope that the Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra will contribute much to the cultural life of Western Sydney and the Hills communities.

I would like to thank our generous sponsors, the Hills Shire Council, Baulkham Hills High School, The Western Business Access, and especially the presentation of our Mayor, Dr Michelle Byrne.

I would also like to give my sincere thanks to our musicians for their love of music, dedication, for their sense of responsibility and mission as a true musician.

Special thanks to our volunteer Management Committee members, without whom this great concert would not be possible.

Brian Chatpo Koo
Founding Conductor, Artistic & Executive Director
Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra


From the Mayor of the Hills Shire - Dr Michelle Byrne


I warmly welcome you to a very special performance from the Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Sydney Contemporary Orchestra) as part of the 2019 Hills Shire Orange Blossom Festival.

Orange Blossom Festival is one of my favourite times of the year.

It not only marks the start to spring, but it’s a chance for family and friends to come together and celebrate everything that is great about The Hills Shire. It’s also a chance for Council to acknowledge our talented, generous and committed residents who continue to mould and shape our region for the better.

And speaking of talented - I’m thrilled our very own Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra has decided to take part in our calendar favourite.

I can guarantee you are in for a treat, with a dazzling line-up of musical acts to keep you captivated throughout the evening.

Under the already guidance of Dr Brian Chapto Koo the Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra has already achieved so much and I know we can expect great things from this group in the future.

I would like to thank Dr Koo and the musicians here tonight for all their hard work and commitment to producing incredible performances that continue to have audiences’ in awe time-after-time.

I also want to thank the event organisers and everyone else who has contributed to tonight’s performance.

Thank you.

Mayor of The Hills Shire
Dr Michelle Byrne


The Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra (WSSO) is a community Symphony Orchestra serving the communities of Western Sydney.

Directed by the Artistic Director Dr Brian Chatpo Koo, managed by the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra Inc. (SCO) Management Committee, composed of brilliant professional musicians of the SCO, and local music lovers of Western Sydney, the WSSO hosts classical music concerts, providing captivating performances that showcase incredible diversity and skill across a variety of crowd-pleasing classics and new works.

Through these events, the WSSO will build a more vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive local community for lovers of classical and symphonic music.

Based in Western Sydney and the Hills Shire area, and supported by the Hills shire Council, and partnered with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, the Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra will provide valuable and development opportunities, and will encourage local participation from talented amateur and professional musicians.  All professional musicians, music teachers, and classical music lovers who are over the age of 18 and living in Western Sydney and the Sydney Hills area are welcome to join this new dynamic orchestra.


Dr Brian Chatpo Koo is a Sydney-based musician. 

Having studied music at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Sydney, Brian was the first person in Australia to receive a Ph.D. degree in music composition. Supported by the Hong Kong University Grant, Brian also studied music at the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, and obtained his Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas from the Trinity College of Music in London.

He founded the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra in 2013. Together with about 100 of the finest Sydney professional musicians and a strong volunteer management team, Brian is dedicated to creating a platform where more new orchestral works can be written, performed, heard, recorded, published, and become a part of our music culture, as he believes music development history is written by composers' creativities. To encourage and to reach the pinnacle of this creativity and art, Brian believes that it must through devotion, perseverance, determination, and the most importantly through constant performances. Since 2013 the SCO has held 11 concerts, performed 38 new works of the composers from 22 countries.

Brian founded the SCO Youth Symphony (SYS), a training arm of the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, in order to provide professional orchestral training to young musicians, as he believes with classical music training and carefully selected programs covering a variety of cultural perspectives, young musicians can be equipped to broaden their vision and to enhance their understanding of culture, civilization and human society. With its three levels orchestras - the Sydney Contemporary Youth Orchestra (SCYO), the Sydney Hills Youth Orchestra (SHYO), and the Sydney Hills Junior Orchestra (SHJO), more than 200 young musicians have been trained and some of them have become professional musicians.

He also founded the Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra (WSSO) in 2019 in the hope to enrich the music culture live of Western Sydney by providing fantastic opportunities for the local music lovers to play and enjoy classical music. Through these events, he wants to build a more vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive local community for lovers of classical and symphonic music.



Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Founding Conductor, Artistic & Executive Director - Dr Brian Chatpo Koo

Violin I

Beata Stanowska (Concertmaster)
Rachael Gock
Paul Pokorny (Co-concertmaster)
Zeynep Unnal
Angela Shen
Nebojsa Miletic

Violin II

Monica Cichon (Principal)
Kiana Napernikova
Jonathan Yap
Nicholas Ip
Grece Liu


Eda Talu (Principal)
Jonathan Karanikas
Jack Ji Feng
Sherry Ding


Michal Wieczorek(Principal)
Kayla Flaxman
Margaret Lindsay Machamer
Felix Soon
Ian Macourt
Zara Vellani

Double Bass

Bryton Johnson
George Machado


Lucy Weng (Principal)
Catherine Anne Wainwright
Samatha Chan


ShangGuan Jia jia  (Principal)
Dianne Harrell


Carson Du  (Principal)
Ishaan Vellani


Shuai Yang  (Principal)
David Pow

French Horn

Derek Wang (Principal)
Sandra Miletic
Martin Coote


Ryley Gillen (Principal)
Harriet Channon


Sandra Chan


Stevan Machamer


Megan Amos



The Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra would like to thank our supports: 


The Sydney Hills Shire Council

Baulkham Hills High School

Special thanks to the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra Management Committee and the Executive Committee


President - Dr Brian Chatpo Koo
Vice President - Julia Farquharson
Secretary - Rajishwar Datt
Treasurer - Lalesh Chand
Linda Howarth
Rawah Dorranian


Executive Director - Dr Brian Chatpo Koo
Orchestra Manager - Jocelyn Palmer
Office Manager - Rajishwar Datt
Finance Manager - Lalesh Chand
Publicity Manager - Rawah Dorranian
Concert Manager - Rita Lee
Membership Manager - Eva Lau
Development Manager - Jennifer Leung


­For more information: Call our Orchestra Manager - Bryton Johnson 0427 818 771