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The Shell Prom Picnic Concert

Saturday 18 February, 2017
Lawns of Government House, 6.00pm
Gates open at 4.30pm (tickets available at the gate from 4.15pm)

Please allow time for bags to be security checked.

Conductor Graham Abbott
Guest Artists Guitar Trek

See below for dinner options.

Pre-purchased tickets are no longer available, however you can purchase at the gate from 4.15pm on the day of the concert.

Australia’s favourite guitar quartet, Guitar Trek, is 30-years-young in 2017 and to celebrate they’re bringing the party to us! As the sun sets, enjoy your picnic while the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Guitar Trek’s Timothy Kain, Minh Le Hoang, Matt Withers and Bradley Kunda beguile and bedazzle with their virtuosic range of classic hits that have been arranged especially for guitars and orchestra.

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s first major performance in 2017 will be conducted by the enormously popular Graham Abbott, known by ABC Classic FM listeners for his fascinating radio show Keys to Music. Graham’s appearances with orchestras around the country are considered highlights of every season—his charming presentation style is absolutely unique; his knowledge knows no bound as he combines superb artistic integrity  with  a  relaxed  and  incomparably  entertaining  approach.  There’s  no  better way to enjoy the last weeks of summer than with the Shell Prom Picnic Concert.

Long term partners of the CSO, Icon Water, will be supporting the Shell Prom for the first time with their Icon Water Kids Cool Zone. This will be a relaxed area for children and families to have some fun both before the concert and throughout the evening. At the Cool Zone, kids can get their face-painted, make a badge, do some colouring-in or just chill out in the Cool Zone marquee.


What to bring

For supper, you are invited to bring your own picnic (alcohol is permitted), or you can pre-order a gourmet hamper from Ginger Catering which will be waiting for you at Government House. Alternatively, you can have something hot from the SES fundraising BBQ, which will be serving up snags and cupcakes. As a guide to what you can bring, glassware, knives under 15cm, and alcohol will be allowed in; machetes, fog horns and flares will not. Please bring your own chair and picnic blanket if you wish.


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

Bag checks and last minute tickets

The gates of Government House will open for the Shell Prom Picnic Concert at 4.30pm, and 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 4.15pm.


Update Saturday 18 Feb @ 2:00pm: Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicts showers clearing by 5pm. Temperature will be approximately 27 degrees with light winds. We look forward to seeing you there!


We know the weather looks bleak at the moment, but the BOM shows this rain band passing soon, and predicts that by the time the gates open for the Shell Prom Picnic Concert, there is only 5% chance of any rain. The grass will be wet, so for your comfort, we recommend you bring those things that make damp weather less of a nuisance ie- a rug with a rubber back, a brolly, and shoes you don’t mind getting wet.  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 Facebook, Twitter and on this page.


“Guitar Trek started in Canberra and has been based here for 30 years. It’s an honour to be celebrating the anniversary here, and in such a beautiful public setting with the support, recognition and pleasure of playing with the CSO, whose concerts I’ve attended since my teens.”

Timothy Kain