The Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Western Plains Cultural Centre are excited to present ACO Virtual at the WPCC from 23 June.


ACO Virtual shows the Australian Chamber Orchestra as you have never seen them before. This world-first installation places visitors in the middle of the virtual orchestra where they can conduct, isolate parts and even play along. With music by Grieg, Bach, Smalley and Piazzolla, visitors experience performing music from across the ages with one of the world’s greatest chamber orchestras.


“The students had never seen anything like it – they had a fantastic experience…it was a once in a lifetime experience for these children – the benefit is lifelong and fosters a passion for the arts that they otherwise would never gain.”

~ Teacher

Listen to excerpts

The pieces being showcased are:


JS BACH Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G: 1st movement

SMALLEY Strung Out (excerpt)

GRIEG (arranged Tognetti) String Quartet in G minor: 1st movement


Free curriculum-linked resources are available to teachers to prepare students before their visit, with activities to complete while at the installation and tasks to complete following their experience. These resources, for students from primary and secondary classes, ensure deeper learning outcomes as a part of visiting ACO Virtual.


Public acclaim to ACO Virtual


Teachers are encouraged to explore these detailed learning resources to find a learning activity just right for their students. Please click the link for the stage you wish to explore: (Please note, some titles are wrong for the corresponding stages)


Stage One - Three

Stage One – Three (Teachers Guide)

Stage Three

Stage Four

Stage Five - Six

Recording - Piazzolla - Oblivion
00:00 / 00:00
String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op.27 - Grieg
00:00 / 00:00

For best listening experience of the excerpts, we recommend headphones.

Book a visit

The interactive experience of ACO Virtual allows students and teachers to take control of the works. Developed by Sydney digital media company production Mod Productions, ACO VIRTUAL features projections of 13 musicians surrounding you on all sides, with the sound of each player coming from the direction of their projection. It's like standing in the middle of the Orchestra during a concert. A touch-screen allows users to feature and listen to one musician, a section of instruments or their desired selection of players. Audiences essentially step ‘inside’ a concert and are surrounded by the musicians, manipulating what they hear and see, just like in a video game.


Book a self-guided education session for your school class, group or ensemble.



Dates: 23 June – 12 August

Times: 10am – 4pm. We recommend setting aside one hour for your experience to ensure you get to hear all the pieces. During group bookings access to the space by the public will be restricted.


Please note that guided tours are not available. A WPCC staff member will be available to induct your group and demonstrate how to interact with ACO Virtual.