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Australian Chamber Orchestra

You Really Cannot Stop The Music

After being originally founded by cellist John Painter in November 1975, this 17-piece string orchestra lives and breathes music. Steeped in history but always looking to the future, ACO programs embrace celebrated classics alongside new commissions and adventurous cross-artform collaborations.

Led by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti since 1990, the ACO performs more than 100 concerts across Australia each year. In 2018 the ACO commenced a three-year London residency as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court in partnership with the Barbican Centre, with whom they share a commitment in presenting concerts that inspire, embolden and challenge audiences. Whether performing in Manhattan, New York, or Wollongong, NSW, the ACO is unwavering in their commitment to creating transformative musical experiences.

In addition to their national and international touring schedule, the Orchestra has an active recording program across CD, vinyl and digital formats. Their recordings of Bach’s violin works have won three consecutive ARIA Awards. Recent releases include Mozart’s Last SymphoniesBach Beethoven: Fugue and the soundtrack to the acclaimed cinematic collaboration, Mountain. Documentaries featuring the ACO have been shown on television worldwide and won awards at film festivals on four continents.

Case details

Client name:
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Sydney, NSW
Multi-Disipline, Not-for-Profit
Simon Gillett


After having an internal IT Dept. for some time a choice was made to conduct an audit of the environment and running of the technology that supports and enables the majority of what the Orchestra is able to do. Upon review, there had been a large investment made to the core infrastructure, however, not a lot of planning and organisation had been undertaken. The incumbent financial system was dangerously outdated, efficiencies in the hardware and storage that had been provisioned meant a lot of double handling of files was occurring. The load being placed on the core infrastructure was resulting in poor performance for staff and periodical downtime and service interruptions.


Through a comprehensive audit process, excess infrastructure was removed to provide clearer pathways for workloads. Extensive consolidation and organisation further improved efficiency and reduced load on existing hardware – extending its usable life and reliability.


Looking toward the future of the Orchestra, the environment has been optimised for a Cloud migration later down the track. Due to the consolidation and organisation work, zero new hardware was required to improve the service and reliability. The implementation of a true offsite backup process ensures full workload and data protection for active and archive data. As an aside, detailed audits were undertaken across all technology related OPEX costs resulting in opportunities being identified to reduce monthly spend and significant operating cost reductions.