Founded under the artistic direction of renowned musician and educator the late Richard Gill AO and now under the co-artistic direction of Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra is a world-class orchestra of leading Australian musicians who are dedicated to the performance of Classical and Romantic orchestral and chamber music repertoire in historically informed style on period instruments. This inspiring and highly influential period of composition from the late 18th and 19th centuries demonstrates the depth and passion of the time and when placed in context the music comes to life.

Established in 2013, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra has already become a dynamic influence on the Australian music scene. The orchestra provides opportunities for engagement and education with wide audiences through live performance, collaborations with Australian ensembles and conductors, radio broadcasts and specialist music education programs. Inviting leading Australian exponents of this repertoire, many of whom are based in Europe, brings new insight and discovery to the performances and creates the highest level of performance on Australian stages.

The combination of ongoing support from private donations, and philanthropic and government funding, has created a strong financial basis for the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra to invest in presenting unique performance opportunities and education projects, fulfilling its potential as an internationally renowned Australian orchestra.