About Us

The Derwent Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is Southern Tasmania’s only adult, community-based symphony orchestra. It is dedicated to the performance of a wide range of orchestral music reflecting our motto "Music for the love of it." Our very affordable concerts often feature brilliant young or amateur soloists who rarely have the opportunity of performing with a full symphony orchestra.

The orchestra was established and conducted by the late Gwyn Williams in the early 70's when it was first known as the Taroona Orchestra and later Hobart Amateur Orchestra. In 1979 Martin Jarvis picked up the baton and changed our name to the Derwent Symphony Orchestra. The DSO Concertmaster is David Matthews and Artistic Adviser Hans-Eduard Kooij. Follow the Discover tab on the left to learn more about the DSO.