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.

Under the Artistic Direction of Markus Kuchenbuch, the ASWCO presents an annual program of six concerts – many of which are held within the dramatic natural landscapes of Alice Springs’ surrounds. Combined with a continuing education program and annual tour through remote Indigenous communities, 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.

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”


25 AUG           
7.30pm @ Witchetty’s Araluen
feat “Crimewaves” commissioned work, by Dave CROWE

23 SEPT           
ASWCO Quintet Collaboration with DUSTY FEET Dance Collective


21 OCT           
sunrise 7.30am @ Emily Gap
sunset 7.30pm @ Araluen Theatre
feat commissioned work by Australian Composer Andree Greenwell


18 NOV             
7.30pm @ Witchetty’s Araluen
People’s Choice Concert & PROMS
Partnering with 8CCC/ABC Radio 

Tiickets $35/$25/$10
Araluen Box Office (ph. 08 8951 1122) and at door.

13 May 2022 – Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of a recent rehearsal with the Alice Springs World Chamber Orchestra as they practise for the world premiere of a new piece by one of Australia’s most well-known contemporary composers, Elena Kats-Chernin.

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


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