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MEMBER FOR REID FIONA MARTIN MP SUPPORTS STRATHFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Tuesday, 12 May 2020
The Strathfield Symphony Orchestra has received $12,500 through the Morrison Government’s Stronger Communities Programme to update aging orchestral furniture and instruments.

Dr Fiona Martin MP, Member for Reid, is pleased that this longstanding community orchestra has received funding support so it can continue to provide quality classical music in the future.

“The Strathfield Symphony Orchestra has been performing classical music in our community for over 50 years, having celebrated their golden anniversary last year,” Dr Martin stated.

The funding has been used to purchase music stands, orchestral chairs, and various percussion instruments.
Artistic Director, Dr Sadaharu Muramatsu, has said that the upgraded equipment has ensured that the Orchestra can continue its work going forward.

"The Stronger Communities grant has been wonderful for the orchestra. The music stands and chairs help players with good posture and make sure we all have the stamina to play through the most challenging works,” Dr Muramatsu said.

Prior to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the new equipment was put to good use during the Orchestra’s annual Seniors Week Concert held in Strathfield Town Hall in late February 2020.

“I have been Artistic Director with Strathfield Symphony for 9 years now and the standard of performance keeps improving with every year,” Dr Muramatsu stated. “It is exciting to see works that challenge professional orchestras being performed in our local community and this grant ensures we will be able to continue.”

The Strathfield Symphony Orchestra has since had to delay is 2020 season due to the pandemic, but looks forward to providing intimate chamber music once restrictions permit this.

Dr Martin has acknowledged the importance of supporting the performing arts across our local community and Australia wide during this time.

“It’s been a tough time for our local musicians and artists, and I share the disappointment of the community that the pandemic has forced The Strathfield Symphony Orchestra to delay its scheduled concerts,” Dr Martin said. “The most important thing as this time is to support people’s health and livelihoods.”

The Australian Government has delivered a total of $320 billion, equivalent to 16.4 per cent of GDP, in economic measures will enhance the nation’s safety net for individuals and businesses, which many businesses and organisations in the cultural and creative sector are benefiting from.

In addition to the extensive support the cultural and creative sector will receive through the JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments, the Government has released a $27 million targeted support package for areas of the cultural and creative sector identified as being most affected by COVID-19, with dedicated financial support immediately available to Indigenous art centres, regional arts and the live music and performance industry.

“The Strathfield Symphony Orchestra make music accessible to everyone in our community, placing a strong emphasis on the works of Australian composers and our own home-grown talent,” Dr Martin said. “I’m looking forward to attending their concerts in the future once the restrictions lift.”

 
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