ACO Exported day 3 kids-20

ACO Families

Pier 2/3 is for everybody

Now that we have our own home and venue, we will be making the creation of engaging, sophisticated and high quality music experiences for our youngest audiences an integral part of our programming.

In 2022 we are thrilled to present ACO Family Shows There's a Sea in my Bedroom and How To Catch a StarWeaving together story and live music, these shows offer an inspirational introduction to classical music. They feature newly commissioned music by some of Australia’s most acclaimed composers, performed by some of Australia’s finest musicians, and are experiences will be sure to ignite a lifelong love of music and the performing arts.

The shows have been created for children aged 2 – 8 years, and are suitable for the whole family. Performances are approximately 25-30 minutes, followed by an interactive ‘meet the musicians’ session, allowing children to get up close to our performers and their instruments.

As well as our children's shows, we are launching ACO Relaxed Performances which welcome children, families and people on the autism spectrum, people with disability and additional access needs, parents and carers with babies, or anyone who would enjoy a more informal daytime performance experience. We invite you to come along, respond to the music, make noise, be yourself and have fun!

ACO Relaxed Performances feature 50 minutes of music with a guest presenter who will make you feel right at home. Open to everyone, these performances will offer flexible seating arrangements, adjusted lighting and sound levels and quiet spaces to chill out.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Neilson, and our foyers filled with families and little music fans.