photos by: Oliver Eclipse

The Alice WCO has earned a reputation performing cross-cultural music in breathtaking settings throughout the Territory presenting a fine mix of classical contemporary chamber music with a touch of the outlandish.

The ASWCO presents an annual program of  4 concerts – some of which are held within the dramatic natural landscapes of Alice Springs’ surrounds.  The orchestra focuses on inclusivity and enjoyment for diverse audiences. The ASWCO provides a unique catalyst for sharing and improving knowledge and appreciation of this remote town and beautiful desert region which we call home.

2024 Season


We are excited to share with you news of our upcoming performances over the next 2 weekends.  Under the direction of our multi-talented violinist Gleny Rae the Alice Springs World Chamber Orchestra,  with a number of strings students from schools around Alice Springs, will be accompanying song man Archer at the Top Half Folk festival on Saturday the 8th of June at Ross River Resort at around 4pm.  We have been lucky to have our ears opened to the unique sound of Archers voice with beautifully written songs and spoken word with orchestral arrangements by the talented composer Erkki Seltheim. We will also perform one of Gleny Raes own songs and arrangements.

Please check the Alice Springs Folk Club’s website or facebook page for details on the event and how to purchase tickets. It looks to be a wonderful music filled weekend in a beautiful setting.

The following weekend on Saturday the 15th of June  at 7pm there will be a repeat performance of the collaboration with Archer and Gleny Rae supporting Warren H Williams and Family  in a 40th anniversary celebration of the Araluen Arts Centre. This also promises to be a wonderful evening of music and entertainment. Please visit the Araluen website for more information and to secure your tickets


Thankyou to everyone who came out on a rainy Sunday Morning to support us. Many thanks to the Watertank Cafe for taking us in at short notice.  We look forward to bringing you more music this year.


Conclusion of 2023 Season

Thank you to everyone who have supported us this year. We are very grateful to our members and to those who attended our concerts to make 2023 a successful  season.

We are finalising our plans for the 2024 season with many exciting things to come.

If you would like to become a member for the 2024 season, please email to get a copy of the membership application form.

See you next year!

2023 Season

5 MAR 
sunrise 7.30am @ Trephina Gorge
sunset 7.00pm @ Witchetty’s Araluen

20 MAY
7.30pm @ Witchetty’s Araluen
feat Commission Work Kevin BISHOP “Collapse”

Thank you to the Alice Springs Community for making our May concert a success! We were very lucky to have Romano Crivici join us for the concert and share some of his amazing music. We are looking forward to working with him again in the future.

25 AUG
7.30pm @ Witchetty’s Araluen

New program including works by Vaughan-Williams, Holst, Robert Davidson and Bryan Kelly.

Workshop with Plexus

We were lucky enough to be joined by wonderful artists from Plexus, who were in Alice Springs for Desert Song Festival, at our rehearsal for an intensive workshop with our scaled down quartet for the upcoming performance with Dusty Feet Collective.

ASWCO with Plexus

22nd and 24th Sept

ASWCO Quartet Collaboration with DUSTY FEET Dance Collective “Music that Moves”

Friday the 22nd Sept 6:30pm at Olive Pink Botanic Gardens as part of Opening Night

Sunday the 24th Sept 5pm at Olive Pink Botanic Gardens as part of Mparntwe Bush Dance


6pm for a 6:30 start @ Centralian Senior College Theatrette, 10 Grevillea Drive Alice Springs

Please join us for an evening of music ranging from Bach, and Mussorgsky  to new local compositions by Dave Crowe and Danielle Barry.

Pre-purchase your tickets here

Check out this link to Limelight Magazine’s feature on Dave Crowe’s premiere

Dave Crowe: To Face the Sun (

Alice Springs World Chamber Orchestra on the cover of LIMELIGHT magazine!

“For our cover story (Red) Centrepieces, Janelle White, a social anthropologist based in Alice Springs, describes how the Alice Springs World Chamber Orchestra, founded by Markus Kuchenbuch in 2018, is creating a powerful space for community engagement and cross-cultural understanding, inspiring positive change. The photographs from their outdoor performances are spectacular too…”

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“Dear Marcus and the wonderful Alice Springs World Chamber Orchestra. Thank you for producing such wonderful music for us during the troubled times of 2020. I have been filled with admiration by the great spirit and joy expressed in your performances and I look forward to attending the wonderful events you have scheduled for 2021. Seasons greetings and love.” – Margaret Opie

“Lovely to hear the music on Saturday morning! Pretty special when classical music is played alfresco/on Country. Looking at your web presence, you have many interesting projects on the go! What fun!” –  Jangle

“The outdoor concert appreciated by me and hundred or so people in the audience on Saturday 25th October at Simpsons Gap in the Western McDonnell Ranges is another excellent demonstration of the growing support the Orchestra is enjoying” – Brian Jeffries



Opportunities / Vacancies: Principal Viola, Violin

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