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Shell Prom, Summer and Song

Saturday 1 December, 2018
Lawns of Government House, 6.00pm
Gates open at 4.45pm

Guy Noble Conductor
Morgan Balfour Soprano
2016 IFAC Australian Singing Competition Prizewinner

Please allow time for bags to be security checked.

Online ticket sales for the Shell Prom, Summer and Song are closed, but do not fret! Tickets are available at the gate from 4.30pm. See you there!

Bring your friends and family and enjoy our hugely popular Shell Prom in the stunning gardens of Government House. A perennial favourite on Canberra’s musical calendar, this concert is a great way to enjoy beautiful music in a relaxed, family friendly environment. Enjoy your picnic, stretched out under the trees and launch your summer season in style!


In the unlikely event that the Prom must be postponed or cancelled due to foul weather, the final decision will be made on the day in consultation with the Bureau of Meteorology and Government House. You can keep up to date with information about the weather via the CSO’s FacebookTwitter and on this page.

What to bring

For supper, you are invited to bring your own picnic (alcohol is permitted), or you can purchase food and drink from the many caterers on site.

  • Shot Clock Coffee
  • Hector Asado – Latin American food, soft drink, water
  • Lerida Estate Wines
  • Capital Brewing Co

You can bring glassware, knives under 8cm in length, and alcohol.

You cannot bring weapons, sharps, knives over 8cm, dangerous or hazardous material.

Smoking is not permitted within the grounds of Government House

Plastic cups and glasses are a good idea as glass may get damaged. Please bring your own chair and picnic blanket if you wish.

Long term partners of the CSO, Icon Water, will be supporting the Shell Prom once more and providing water refill stations around the venue.

There is plenty of open space for children to play and have fun. Outdoor activities welcome. Children should be supervised by parents or guardians.


Parking is accessible on Dunrossil Drive, Yarralumla, and is free of charge.

Disability parking is accessible off Lady Denman Drive, but you MUST have a CSO parking pass to enter. If you haven’t already organised your disability pass, please call CSO Direct on 6262 6772 no later than Wednesday 21 November to arrange a permit.


Bag checks and last minute tickets

All tickets and bags will be checked at the Gate House.

The gates of Government House will open for the Shell Prom Picnic Concert at 4.45pm, and the concert will begin at 6pm. Bag checks will take place upon arrival, so please factor that in to your timing. If you have friends and family who wish to join you at the last minute, tickets will be on sale at the gate from 4.45pm.




MENDELSSOHN: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Overture, op.21 12’

GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Morning 4’

GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, In the Hall of the Mountain King 3’

VIVALDI: The Four Seasons, Summer (3rd mvt) 3’

GOUNOD: Roméo et Juliette, Juliette’s Waltz. Featuring Morgan Balfour 4’

PUCCINI: Gianni Schicchi, O Mio Babbino Caro. Featuring Morgan Balfour 2’

COPLAND: Rodeo Suite, Hoedown 4’

VERDI: Aïda, Triumphal March 6’




MARQUEZ: Danzon No 2 10’

PUCCINI: La Bohème, Quando me’n vo’. Featuring Morgan Balfour 3’

TRADITIONAL: Last Rose of Summer. Poem by Thomas Moore. Featuring Morgan Balfour 4’

ROGERS: The Sound of Music, Climb Every Mountain. Featuring Morgan Balfour 3’

BERNTEIN: West Side Story Overture. Arr Peress 5’

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker Suite op.71a, Overture 3’

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker Suite op.71a, March 3’

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker Suite op.71a, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy 2’

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker Suite op.71a, Waltz of the Flowers 6’