The orchestra showcases the talents of Perth and Western Australia’s young orchestral musicians aged 12 – 24 years old and has a deserved reputation as one of the finest youth orchestras in Australia. WAYO presents an innovative and accessible concert program, ranging from Concert Hall blockbusters, special outdoor performances and our ever popular children and education concerts. In reaching live annual audiences of over 30,000, WAYO plays an important role and continues to thrive within Western Australia’s cultural scene. WAYO’s international footprint continues to expand with important international collaborations and friendships as well as touring activities in Asia cementing our place in the Australasian community. In addition to a committed international touring program, the past decade has seen WAYO enjoy increased exposure to guest conductors of international standing including Benjamin Northey, renowned Russian conductor Vladimir Verbitsky, Estonian Maestro Arvo Volmer and the eminent Singapore-based conductor Tze Law Chan. These fine conductors build on the fantastic work of all of WAYO’s music staff lead by WAYO’s Music Director and Chief Conductor for close to 30 years – the inspirational Peter Moore OAM.
In 1998 WAYO was invited by the Hyogo Prefecture to tour Japan, giving seven concerts throughout the Hyogo and Tottori Prefectures, furthering an already strong sister state relationship.WAYO performed in in Europe in 2005, Singapore in December 2009 as part of their tour to Asia, and was the first youth orchestra in the world to perform in the famous Concert Hall on the Esplanade Theatre, Singapore. In 2016 WAYO returned to Singapore and Japan, thrilling audiences with a collaboration with Orchestra of the Music Makers (Singapore) and soloist Alexandre Da Costa, and a special repeat performance in Hyogo, reliving the performance and visit of 1998.
In 2012 WAYO was also the first youth orchestra in the world to perform with Maestro Ennio Morricone in a sell-out performance at Burswood/Crown Theatre for the 2012 Perth International Arts Festival. This major event was one of the most successful in PIAF’s history. In 2016 WAYO was the featured orchestra in the 2016 PIAF opening Home to an audience of 30,000. The orchestra has previously performed at large major scale outdoor concerts around Perth, including ten consecutive annual seasons of a themed concert in Burswood Park since 2008, and collaborations with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in King’s Park in 2005 and 2009. WAYO has also performed with music theatre star, Lucy Durack, jazz vocalist, Grace Knight, and iconic pop band, The Whitlams, as well as the Joondalup Resort and Leeuwin Estate Concert Series’. In addition to large-scale concerts WAYO presents its renowned sell-out Children Concerts and Outreach Concerts to facilitate educational exchange, learning, and mentorship.