It’s a warm Sydney night in early December 2012, and The Standard in Darlinghurst is packed. The bar is busy, of course, but the punters are here for the show. Ranging from David Bowie to Nirvana, the band’s setlist is eclectic; there’s even some Beethoven and Paganini, too.

Australian Chamber Orchestra, ACO Underground An ACO Underground session from 2012. Photo © Onur Karaozbek

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