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Shell Prom

Saturday 30 November, 2019
Lawns of Government House, 6pm
Gates open at 4.45pm

Canberra’s biggest family picnic, with all your Broadway and West End favourites.

Geoffrey Castles Conductor
Simon Gleeson Soloist
Genevieve Kingsford Soloist

Tickets $20-40

Please allow time for all bags to be security checked

View from the stage, CSO 2018 Shell Prom

Get the family together for a summer evening of music on the lawns of Government House. From My Fair Lady to Frozen, enjoy musical theatre and film hits performed live by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, with acclaimed conductor Geoffrey Castles on the podium. The concert also features guest stars Simon Gleeson and Genevieve Kingsford.

Pack your own picnic, or head over to the Lions Club sausage sizzle on the night. Purchase drinks from the Lerida Estate Winery bar or BYO.
Book in advance for cheaper tickets and quicker entry!

Groups (10+) $20 tickets*
Families (2x adults, unlimited children aged 5-16) $70 family pass*
No ticket required for children under the age of 5
*Pre-purchase prices

The CSO 2019 Raffle will be drawn on the night – get tickets online before 1pm on Friday 29 November, or in person on the night.


  • Gates open at 4.45pm. The concert commences at 6pm and is expected to conclude at approximately 8pm.
  • Please allow time for all bags to be security checked at the gate.
  • You can bring glassware, knives under 8cm in length and alcohol.
  • You can bring a personal umbrella / parasole for shade. Large umbrellas fixed to the ground or other shade structures are not permitted.
  • Weapons, sharps, knives over 8cm in length and dangerous or hazardous materials are strictly prohibited.
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the grounds of Government House.
  • Dogs / animals are not permitted, except service animals.


  • The concert is held on the Vista Lawn of Government House – walking distance from the main gate is approximately 100-200 metres.
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  • Parking is available outside the venue, off Dunrossil Drive.
  • No seating is provided – patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic rug or chair.
  • No ATMs are available onsite.


  • Patrons are permitted to bring their own food and beverages, including alcohol. Water stations will be available onsite.
  • A limited number of vendors will be operating on the night, including


Pre-purchase Until COB Friday 29 November

Subscribers $29 adult / $24 concession; $65 family pass (2x adults, unlimited kids aged 5-16 – kids under 5 enter free)
Non-subscribers $30 adult / $25 concession; $70 family pass (2x adults, unlimited kids aged 5-16 – kids under 5 enter free)

At the gate

$40 adult / $30 concession; $15 student / U30 tickets; $85 family pass (2x adults, unlimited kids aged 5-16 – kids under 5 enter free)

For more information, refer to the full 2019 season pricing or call CSO Direct on 02 6262 6772.


The Shell Prom is an open-air, all-weather event. To avoid disappointing our patrons who look forward to this special annual concert, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will go ahead with the performance even in the event of unfavourable weather conditions. We will only cancel a performance due to electrical storms or high winds and/or rain. Any decision to cancel will be made on the day in consultation with the Bureau of Meteorology and Government House, and broadcast via email and CSO social media. Unless advised otherwise by the CSO, please dress for the weather and plan to arrive for a 6pm start.

Please note This year, the Prom stage will return to its original location on the Vista Lawn. As a result, the audience seating area will be exposed to the setting sun. Please wear a hat, sunscreen and suitable attire and drink plenty of water.

The Saturday Series is a change of pace from the mid-week rhythm. This inspired collection of one-off concerts offers a range of experiences, from a picnic in the gardens of Government House and a grand night at the opera, to an afternoon of chamber classics.