The Occasional performing Sinfonia

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TOPS is a community-based Sydney orchestra, founded in 1992. It has gained exceptional standing amongst Sydney’s classical and orchestral music enthusiasts.

TOPS performs several concerts each year, with a total audience of several thousands. The orchestra presents large symphonic works rarely performed by community orchestras.

TOPS also plays in venues such as Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall. The orchestra also tours regional NSW.  TOPS has also utilised digital platforms to deliver performances.

Beyond large scale symphonic works, TOPS also collaborates with other community performing arts groups, schools and universities in Sydney, as well as in regional NSW.

Fundraising for Music Therapy is a primary focus for TOPS.  As the resident orchestra for the Celebration Sing Out! massed choral concert,  TOPS has helped raise over $1 million for the Music Therapy Unit at Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

our new seasonfeature Australian Composers

Eleanor Brimblecombe

An Australian composer who has been writing instrumental chamber and large ensemble music since she was 14 years old. Recently starting a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Sydney University Conservatorium of Music, her research is in the area of zoömusicology, focusing on the use of minimalist techniques to showcase the musicality of Australian native birdsong in creative and innovate ways.

Sophie Van Dijk

Sophie Van Dijk is a composer who writes music to process and offer reflection on the world around her. Sophie composes music as a storytelling device that conveys images and ideas in deeply emotive ways, to invite audiences into a shared emotional experience that cannot be captured in words. She is inspired by community, by nature, by friendship, by faith. 

latest newsOver $36k raised

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