4TH MAY 2020

Fundraising Campaign Launched as Steel City Strings Wins Funding Boost

Steel City Strings are grateful to be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 thanks to the Australian Cultural Fund who are keen to support arts groups’ fundraising efforts.

Click here to make a donation today. 

We have launched a four-week campaign to raise a target of $5,000 of tax-deductible donations from our audience through the Australian Cultural Fund’s website through Creative Partnerships Australia.

In each week of May, we will have a virtual performance from our musicians playing at home (like Kyle Little’s version of Whitacre’s ‘Lux Arumque’) and feature highlights from our archive.

Funds raised will be used to produce Isolation Strings, a professionally recorded concert that we will broadcast in early July via Facebook and YouTube Premiere.

The funds will go directly to paying our musicians, production costs (all local industry professionals) and to help us through this time of no live performances and ticket revenue.

Last year, 50% of Steel City Strings revenue was generated through ticket sales alone.

We need your help to get us through this tough time for the music industry so we can perform for you when the pandemic is over.

In our first online performance, audiences can experience the whole orchestra playing from their homes in a virtual performance of a movement from St Paul’s Suite by Gustav Holst. Conductor Luke Spicer has conducted the work remotely.

The players watched him while recording themselves playing their part and Kyle Little, our Concertmaster, has combined everyone’s digital contributions to form our full string orchestra. This has been challenging for all of us, particularly for some players who are working and teaching their young children from home!

WATCH: Sneak Peek of ‘St. Paul’s Suite’.

Our planned autumn and winter concerts have been cancelled and while we are grateful to those of you who have maintained your subscription or hung on to your tickets, a donation from you will help us reach our target.

If we receive a total of $5,000 in donations from our supporters, we will be given an additional $5,000 from the ACF for our orchestra so we can make it through this crisis.

Click here to make a donation today. Every bit counts.


Announcement: Celebration of Youth

Due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions, Steel City Strings will not be going ahead with performances tonight at Wollongong Town Hall and tomorrow afternoon at Nowra School of Arts. Ticketholders will be refunded by Merrigong Box Office for the Wollongong Town Hall concert and by Steel City Strings directly for Nowra ticketholders over the coming days. […]

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Steel City Strings Wins Create NSW Grant for “Earth Connections”

Steel City Strings is thrilled by the recent announcement by NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin of a successful application for $29,000 to support “Earth Connections” in 2021. “Earth Connections” will see Steel City Strings collaborate with two contemporary First Nations composers to create new works that speaks to the lived experience of our local communities. […]

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The members of Steel City Strings are outstanding examples of hard work, enterprise, enthusiasm and dedication. They reach for the stars and beyond. More power to these wonderful people.

Richard Gill AO

In Debussy's Sacred and Profane Dances of 1904 the orchestra was joined by harpist Paulina Smirnov whose scintillating playing created a wonderful and subtly-nuanced centrepiece for the concert.


A fascinating program of works from various musical periods... The orchestra played with a strong sense of ensemble, and brought an infectious verve to the Mozart.



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