The Coming Back Out Salon
The Coming Back Out Ball is a spectacular social event celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse and Intersex elders.
Coming to Sydney for the very first time following international acclaim, The Coming Back Out Salon is an afternoon of cultural significance in which the whole LGBTIQ+ community and allies can gather alongside our LGBTIQ+ older people to eat, drink, dance, reminisce and dream together into the future.
Featuring an incredible line-up including The Sydney Youth Orchestra, Robyn Archer, Deborah Cheetham, Paul Capsis, Nana Miss Koorie, Tina Del Twist, Nefertiti LaNegra with more to be announced.
The Sydney Youth Orchestra
Nana Miss Koorie
Tina Del Twist
Sam Weller is a conductor based in Sydney and Amsterdam, dedicated to sharing his passion for orchestral music with the wider world.
In 2016 Sam founded Ensemble Apex, which has been hailed as ‘one of the most exciting new ensembles on the Sydney scene’ (Limelight Magazine). The orchestra creates exceptional orchestral music moments for newcomers and seasoned concert-goers alike. Apex has presented sold-out seasons since 2016, highlights include Bela Bartok’s Miraculous Mandarin at Sydney Town Hall, Rhapsody in Blue with Simon Tedeschi and most recently, Strauss’ Eine Alpensinfonie. 2022 see’s the orchestra present a new production of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.
“Ensemble Apex are next level - taking music performance in Australia to new heights with a thrilling blend of blistering virtuosity, studied finesse, generous warmth and youthful exuberance.If this is the future of music in Australia - then we are in excellent hands!”
Nigel Westlake - Composer - 2021
“Weller’s orchestra is one of the most adventurous in Sydney, performing with a maturity beyond its years under concertmaster Anna Da Silva Chen, aiming for an audience that is looking for something other than the conventional concert hall experience.”
Steve Moffat - Limelight Magazine - 2022
Sam is currently enrolled in the prestigious National Masters of Orchestral Conducting in The Netherlands studying with Ed Spanjaard, Jac Van Steen, Kenneth Montgomery OBE and guest professor Antony Hermus. After relocating to Amsterdam in 2020, he shortly made his Dutch debut with internationally renowned cellist Pieter Wispelway alongside the Amsterdam Score Collective. Through his involvement in the NMO, Sam has conducted many of the Netherlands’ professional orchestras including; The Netherlands Philharmonic, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Residentie Orkset (The Hague Philharmonic), Nederlands Kamerorkest, Philharmonie Zuid Nederlands, Het Ballet Orkest, Sinfonia Rotterdam and also worked with the singers of The Dutch National Opera Academy. Prior to his studies, Sam appeared in international masterclasses with some of the world's leading conductors including; Paavo Jarvi and David Zinman.
In Australia Sam has worked with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Sam was the Associate Conductor of Sydney Youth Orchestras after touring with them to the UK in 2019. Sam graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2019 studying a Bachelor of Music Performance majoring in saxophone and has toured internationally with his former saxophone quartet Luxum Saxophone Quartet.
“With this, his debut appearance with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, he has put an indelible stamp in his already impressive international credentials ‘passport’. ”
Clinton White - Limelight Magazine - 2022
“This isn’t intended to be a review, but I should mention that the performance, conducted with complete authority by Sam Weller, was remarkably good.”
Andrew Ford - Composer and Writer - 2022 (after Verdi’s Requiem)