About Us

The Essendon Symphony is a community orchestra based in Melbourne’s Moonee Valley that meets weekly during the school term and performs 3 – 4 concerts a year per year playing mostly classical and romantic music.

We generally perform at least one formal concert per year featuring a renowned soloist, one ‘kids’ themed concert involving costumes and lots of audience interaction (great fun), and one less formal concert. We also work in collaboration with other community music groups and for community events as they come up.

Members of the ESO range in age from 18 up, with varying levels of orchestral experience, and comprise local and international students, retirees, and workers from a broad spectrum of professions. Many of our players have returned to their instruments as adults.

Our group puts a strong emphasis on the social side of music making and it is rumoured that some enjoy rehearsals and especially supper break, more than concerts!

Our Conductor

Jenny Going is Musical Director of the Essendon Symphony where she has been conductor since 2008. She has conducted some of Melbourne’s leading ensembles including the Zelman SymphonyBallarat SymphonyMelbourne University Biomedical Students Orchestra and Hopkins Sinfonia. In 2016 she was rehearsal conductor for Opera NZ’s season of Sweeny Todd. In 2016 she founded and was Musical Director for West Melbourne Schools Orchestra until 2020.

Jenny was honoured to be the inaugural recipient of the Rosemary and John Hopkins Award in 2015 when she also completed her Masters of Music specialising in orchestral conducting at The University of Melbourne under Benjamin Northey.

She founded Noteable Music Education Resources in 2006. As Managing Director, she has written and published resources for classroom music teachers, including interactive digital resources. Jenny is a regular presenter of workshops at national music education conferences throughout Australia. She adjudicates for the Victorian School Music Festival and at the National Brass Band Championships.

During her music career Jenny has worked as a professional trombonist with the Royal New Zealand Navy Band, performed on stage with Randy Breaker, Arturo Sandoval, Robin Eubanks and Rob McConnell during her time studying in America, and toured extensively throughout the west coast of the USA and recorded with Ska Band ‘Ruder Than You’.

For further details, see www.jennygoing.com.au.

Our Assistant Conductor

Andre studied clarinet & composition at the Newcastle Conservatorium, NSW. He was concert master of the Newcastle Wind Orchestra from 2005 – 2008 and gained first class honours in clarinet, saxophone & flute.

Andre’s talents have given him the opportunity to perform at various overseas venues including New Zealand, USA and China where in 2006 with the Newcastle Wind Orchestra he gave a performance of Rhapsody in Blue and Johan De Meij’s Symphony No. 2 The Big Apple.

Andre’s musical experiences are varied and diversified. He has extended his skills to playing the Bass guitar. He has performed with many ensembles ranging in style from Big Band, Orchestra, Funk, Traditional Jazz, Eastern European & Punk to name only a few. In 2018 Andre was appointed assistant conductor of the West Melbourne Schools Orchestra

Currently he enjoys performing with Babaganoush, a local Melbourne ensemble in he Middle Eastern tradition. In addition, Andre relishes the opportunity to compose wide and varied styles of music ranging from film scores, classical to punk music. Andre is a passionate, eclectic musician who delights in the opportunity to perform, compose and conduct.

Previous Conductors

Previous conductors have included: