Concerto Competition

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the competition due to the current health crisis.

Announcing 2020 Concerto Competition POSTPONED. 

Applications postponed

2019 Camplin Prizewinner: Luke Moxey (piano). 

Our annual Concerto Competition gives young musicians 25 yrs and under throughout Australia the opportunity to audition for a chance to win the Camplin ($2000) or Thompson ($500) Concerto Prizes.

Successful applicants for the Concerto Competition perform and rehearse their concerto (or movements from)with the orchestra. In addition, successful applicants receive mentoring from professional musicians in the orchestra and the Musical Director throughout the practice, rehearsal and performances of the 2020 seasons.

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Concerto Competition

Applications postponed

Ron & Stephanie Camplin (OAM)

Founders & Patrons - Camplin Prize

Ron and I have had a lifelong love of classical music: Ron from his 70 year career in Regional Commercial Broadcasting when on 2MG he conducted Sunday classical music sessions, and myself when in late High School I came to join the Sydney Youth Orchestra as second clarinettist. It was so thrilling to play in a full orchestra in the Sydney Town Hall.


When we formed “The Macquarie Philharmonia – Australia’s Inland Symphony Orchestra” back in 2004,  part of the reason was to mentor young  talented musicians in such an orchestra, alongside their teachers who live and teach in regional NSW who would form the core of the orchestra’s professional musicians. The idea was to travel to regional and remote audiences to give them the opportunity to enjoy quality classical music performed by those living amongst them.



With the outstanding talents of inaugural Musical Director Fiona Thompson who guided and managed the orchestra, 14 years on, the now  “Macquarie Symphony Orchestra” continues with a new committee at the helm and exciting ideas to take it further into the future. The Committee kindly named us Patrons some years ago, and as we stepped back from day to day fundraising, we were delighted to sponsor the annual Camplin Prize.

Camplin Prize                              

Open nationally to musicians 25 years and under.

Performance with Macquarie Symphony Orchestra in 2019.

$2000.00 prize money.

Fiona & Colin Thompson

Founding Musical Director, musicians & previous Secretary - Thompson Prize

As the inaugural Musical Director of the Macquarie Philharmonia now known as the Macquarie Symphony Orchestra, it is wonderful now to have had the opportunity to lead the viola section, and to make a contribution to supporting the development of young  musicians. Colin and I are thrilled to support the Concerto Prize. 


Thompson Prize                              

Open to musicians 20 years and under, who live in the Central West of NSW.

Performance with Macquarie Symphony Orchestra in 2019.

$500 prize money.

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Sheng-Yuan Lynch

Piano, 2018 student soloist

Sarah Ismail

Flute, 2018 Camplin Prize

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Lucy Clarke-Randazzo

Violin, 2017 Thompson Prize

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Sandra Ismail

Clarinet, 2017 Camplin Prize

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Luke Moxey

Piano, 2019 Camplin  Prize

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Lianah Jaensch

Cello, 2019 student soloist