To The POINT with GEORGE PAPALLO: Symphony Orchestra boasts an impressive line up of musicians

THE RYDE Hunters Hill Symphony Orchestra (RHHSO) was the brainchild of local resident Rita Lepedjian.

Rita along with Dr Raf Marcellino, Prof Levon Khachigian, Ian Cox and George Papallo OAM, launched the orchestra in December 2011.

Shortly after, Hugh Lee OAM joined the Board.

The inaugural concert was held at St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill in May 2012 where the world premiere of ÒFrom the Field of MarsÓ composed by Ryde City’s current Deputy Mayor Christopher Gordon was played.

Since then, the Orchestra has performed over thirty concerts mostly under the baton of Dr Carlos Alvarado whose passion and dedication for music has given the orchestra considerable credibility.

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DR ALVARADO has been supported by Ian Cox who has conducted the Family ‘Kids Concerts’ in Ryde and Hunters Hill with significant success.

The Orchestra which comprises musicians of all age groups has been ably led in recent times by Concert Master Naomi Warr.

It has performed at the Ryde Civic Centre, The Ryde Community Hall, The Concourse Chatswood, The Grand Hall at Sydney University and a number of school halls.

It boasts performing at least four World Premiere compositions.

Acclaimed international soloists including Roger Woodward, Gregory Kinda, Georgia Lowe, Andrew Del Riccio, Rodrigo Santibanez and singers Anita Kyle, Damian Arnold and Jenny Liu are just some of the talent who have been accompanied by RHHSO.

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LAST YEAR as a first, the orchestra offered a Young Composers Competition judged by our composer in residence Daniel Rojas.

The composition ‘Forest Awakening’ by Paris Francis was chosen to be performed by the orchestra.

This year, RHHSO is planning anther first, a Concerto Competition for school aged students to be offered in November.

The Ryde Hunters Hill Symphony Orchestra is forever grateful for its host of sponsors which include the Foundation sponsors, the Councils of Ryde and Hunters Hill, The Weekly Times and The Northern District Times.

Of special note is the extraordinary contribution to the administration of the orchestra by the Lepedjian family: Nairi, Arda, Arman and Erik as well as Linda Smith, Haig Garabedian and Joyce Martin without whom the orchestra could not survive.

Conductor Carlos Alvarado is always keen to welcome new musicians to audition for the orchestra and past and new patrons are always welcome to attend RHHSO concerts.

Please consult our website at to see the program for the year or should you be interested in auditioning for the orchestra.

GEORGE PAPALLO OAM is a Director of Ryde Hunters Hill Symphony Orchestra