AMPAG, Australian Chamber Orchestra Australian Chamber Orchestra:There's a Sea in my Bedroom

There's a Sea in my Bedroom

May 2019

Thu 09 

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Sydney Opera House



In what marks its first family concert series, the Australian Chamber Orchestra will partner with Sydney Opera House to present the world premiere of Margaret Wild’s classic Australian story, There’s A Sea in My Bedroom, reimagined in an engaging concert experience for children aged 2-7 years and their families.

An immersive live music and storytelling experience for children set in a fantasy world

This immersive performance will seamlessly blend sound and story, interweaving Wild’s much-loved children’s book with an original score by Australian composer Paul StanhopeThere’s A Sea in My Bedroom will be performed live by the talented musicians of ACO Collective alongside actor Jack Richardson with an imaginative set design in the intimate surrounds of the Utzon Room.

The ACO is delighted to partner with Sydney Opera House to present our first family concert series, the world premiere of this reimagination of Margaret Wild’s classic children’s book, There’s A Sea in My Bedroom,” said ACO Learning & Engagement Manager Tara Smith. “We have specially commissioned one of Australia’s most celebrated composers, Paul Stanhope, to write a clever and engaging score that will introduce sophisticated live music to children, brought to life by a string quintet of our exceptional musicians in a theatrical setting. There’s A Sea in My Bedroom will engage, delight and inspire the imagination of our young audience.”

There’s A Sea in My Bedroom forms part of the Sydney Opera House’s Children, Families and Creative Learning program.

Sydney Opera House Head of Children, Families and Creative Learning, Bridgette van Leuven says: “I always seek to present exciting musical experiences for our early childhood audiences at Sydney Opera House.  ACO should be applauded for commissioning new music for children and applying their international reputation, musicianship and artistry to our stages.  Rich, live musical experiences are critical to a child’s emotional and cognitive development.”

Audiences will be transported through music, movement and lighting into the fantasy world of Davey, a young boy who faces his fear of the ocean when, upon bringing home a seashell from the beach, he coaxes the water trapped inside to come out with the words: “Come out, sea, come out. I won't hurt you.” As the water fills his bedroom, Davey’s fear turns to happiness as he plays amongst the imaginary waves and sea life.

Following the performance, young audience members will have the opportunity to meet the musicians and get up close to the instruments.