AYO and Australian National Academy of Music, on behalf of the Arts8 were invited by Senator Susan Templeman to celebrate the opening of federal parliament on 6 February 2024.

Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman MP, Special Envoy for the Arts introduces the Australian Youth Orchestra in the Marble Foyer, attended by the President of the Senate, Senator the Hon Sue Lines.
Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman MP, Special Envoy for the Arts introduces the Australian Youth Orchestra in the Marble Foyer, attended by the President of the Senate, Senator the Hon Sue Lines.
A brass quintet of AYO and ANAM musicians performs in the foyer of Australian parliament.
AYO and ANAM Brass Quintet.
Senator Susan Templeman (bottom left), President of the Senate Sue Lines (second from right, bottom row) and Dr Gordon Reid MP (bottom right), pictured with AYO and ANAM musicians.
Senator Susan Templeman (bottom left), President of the Senate Sue Lines (second from right, bottom row) and Dr Gordon Reid MP (bottom right), pictured with AYO and ANAM musicians.
A string quartet of AYO and ANAM musicians play in the foyer of parliament of Canberra.
AYO and ANAM String Quartet.

A brass quintet and string quartet comprised of AYO and ANAM musicians performed in the hallowed marble foyer as well as the Queens Terrace Café throughout the day and were warmly met by Senator Sue Lines, Speaker of the House of Representatives (and violist) Hon Milton Dick, Hon Mark Dreyfus KC, Dr Helen Haines and Senator Anne Urquhart. The first concert also had an enthusiastic audience in the parliamentary childcare centre constituents.

AYO is proud to be among the Arts8, the group of eight national workforce-training organisations providing the creative talent necessary to sustain Australia’s performing and screen arts industries into the second half of this century. The crucial work of the Arts8 is supported by the Commonwealth Government, via the Office for the Arts in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts.

The Arts8 provide the intense, studio-based and industry-aligned vocational training that is vital preparation for the demanding career as a performing artist or production practitioner. The outstanding work of the Arts 8 can be experienced on stages and screens from Hobart to Darwin, Perth to Cairns and everywhere in between, most nights of the week, most weeks of the year.

The Arts8 are critical to the successful delivery of the Commonwealth Government’s National Cultural policy, REVIVE, and prepares young people for careers in a sector which contributes $122.3 billion to the economy.