Star Wars: Pop Up Orchestra

The Fourth of May or more commonly known as May the Fourth- Star Wars Day is just around the corner. In celebration of this day, Illawarra On Pointe Productions ( is hosting a combined orchestra concert in the heart of Wollongong that is attracting musicians from galaxies far, far away.

The combined orchestra concert being held on the Wollongong Centre Stage (along Crown Street, opposite The Square Cafe) kicks off at 1pm on May Fourth and goes for an hour.

All musicians from and around the Illawarra are welcome to come along for a playthrough of the symphonic music from Star Wars at this concert and are invited to join the combined rehearsal on Saturday 4th May 10am-12pm at Smith’s Hill High School prior to the event. Passing crowds will be treated to a free orchestra concert that features the unforgettable Star Wars scores by John Williams.

Orchestra conductor Ryley Gillen who will be leading the performance said “this concert is a fantastic opportunity for musicians to collaborate with community ensembles. We have musicians who have just started out on their instrument, we have school teachers, professional musicians and we have those who have reconnected with their passion for music and dusted off their instrument; it’s an exciting mix of energetic performers. If you play an instrument we’d love to see you for this one-off event!”

Illawarra On Pointe Productions (IOP) is an orchestral ballet and theatrical production company that provides a platform for aspiring musicians, ballet dancers, actors and those who work in all other facets of theatre on the South Coast of NSW, Australia. IOP strives to support emerging composers to produce original Australian symphonic works as well as encourage the next generation of performers through the company’s mentorship program, allowing regional musicians and performers to increase their knowledge and involvement in the performing arts. IOP programs push the norm on orchestral concerts and theatre experiences, helping to broaden appreciation for the arts along the South Coast