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Performance dates & times

Saturday 26 Oct
11:30 AM
(pre-concert activities from 9.30am)

Running Time 45 minute concert, optional pre-concert activities 2 hours prior

Price range

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Once upon a symphony, little wizards, witches, princes, fairies and all sorts of magical creatures gathered together for a marvellous, musical adventure…

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra invites children aged 3-11 to bring their grown-ups to Hamer Hall for the inaugural Fairytale Ball!

Children are encouraged to dress up and dance during the 45-minute performance, and join in pre-concert activities in the specially-decorated Hamer Hall foyers, including face painting, a conducting workshop and an instrumental petting zoo, where you can discover your favourite orchestral instruments up close.

Charismatic conductor Jessica Gethin will lead the Orchestra and read from an enchanted storybook, with some pieces accompanied by ballet dancers performing on stage.

The Orchestra will perform a selection of the most well-known music for children, from the delicate Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, to the booming Hall of the Mountain King, the charming farmyard of Peter and the Wolf and the mysterious Hedwig’s Theme from the Harry Potter® movies.

Come and live happily ever after at the MSO’s Fairytale Ball!


Conductor/ Presenter
Jessica Gethin


Vaughan Williams
The Wasps Overture
Theme from Peter and the Wolf
All that Glisters
Hedwig’s Theme (from the Harry Potter® series)
Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Hall of the Mountain King
Hansel and Gretel: Witch’s Ride
Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy

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