An actor and 4 musicians performing 'There's a Sea in my Bedroom', the ACO's first family concert series.

ACO Family Shows

The ACO is committed to creating music that is accessible to everyone, including high-quality musical experiences for young people and their families.

We offer a variety of opportunities for young people to attend ACO performances live, including discounted tickets, regional concerts and ACO Family Shows.


About ACO Family Shows

Weaving together story and live music, ACO Family shows offer an inspirational introduction to classical music. With newly commissioned music by some of Australia’s most acclaimed composers, performed by some of Australia’s finest musicians, these experiences will be sure to ignite a lifelong love of music and the performing arts.


There’s a Sea in my Bedroom

Based on the beloved children’s book by award-winning author Margaret Wild, and adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry, There’s a Sea in my Bedroom is an immersive and theatrical introduction to live classical music, capturing the magic of a child’s fantasy world.

Recommended for ages 2-8

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How to Catch a Star

In a stunning adaptation by Sandra Eldridge, Jeffers’ magical tale about reaching for dreams will be brought to life on stage through storytelling and exquisite new music by Elena Kats-Chernin performed by an ACO string quartet. Join us for this enchanting experience that will leave you and your little ones filled with hope and optimism.

Recommended for ages 2–8

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Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

This delightful production, based on the poignant picture book by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas and directed by Sandra Eldridge, will weave together captivating storytelling with mesmerising music in an immersive and intimate performance. Featuring a new score by award-winning composer Paul Stanhope performed by a string quartet from the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is the perfect introduction to live classical music, guaranteed to enchant audiences both young and old.

Recommended for ages 3+

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