Local Orchestra Honours Women in the Steel Industry with a World Premiere



17 OCTOBER 2022

Local Orchestra Honours Women in the Steel Industry with a World Premiere


Women in Steel will excite lovers of classical music and amaze music lovers across the region. This very special concert features a world premiere of Steeling Fire written by Natalie Williams especially for local orchestra, Steel City Strings, and the internationally acclaimed percussionist, Claire Edwardes OAM.


In a homage to the women who fought for the right to work at the Port Kembla Steelworks, Claire will pair traditional percussion instruments including a vibraphone, gongs and cymbals, with tools used as instruments reflecting the steel industry. The program also features music for string orchestra from countries of the migrant women who worked in steel.


Steel City Strings Artistic Director, Kyle Little says “We are delighted that Claire will bring her unique talents to these concerts in Wollongong and Berry as guest soloist with Steel City Strings. She has played everywhere from major European Concert Halls to ABC’s Play School to the Sydney Opera House.”


Women in Steel honours the tenacity of women who changed Australia’s industrial laws in the1980s/90s, celebrated in the Illawarra filmmaker, Robynne Murphy’s award-winning documentary, Women Of Steel (you can catch it on ABC iview).


Steel City Strings and Women in Steel are both supported by our generous donors, Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1 and the NSW Government through Create NSW.


Women in Steel will be presented at:

Wollongong                             Berry

Wollongong Town Hall             Berry School of Arts

Saturday 19th November          Sunday 20th November

7:30pm – 9:30pm                     2:00pm – 4:00pm


Tickets available at SteelCityStrings.com.au 

All information for its 2022 season www.SteelCityStrings.com.au.

**Photos of Claire Edwardes and the Steel City Strings Orchestra are available on request, and interview opportunities are available.

More information about the orchestra, the world premiere, and for comment, contact Josh Reid [email protected] and 0434 841 234.





Steel City Strings is a Wollongong-based chamber orchestra of musicians from the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, and Southern Highlands of NSW regions. Since its inception in early 2015 as a not-for-profit incorporated charity, the orchestra has delighted music lovers by presenting fine music from a range of genres in concerts in regional townships across our broader region. Led by Conductor Luke Spicer and Artistic Director Kyle Little, the orchestra provides performing and professional development opportunities for musicians in the South Coast and Southern Highlands as orchestra members, as soloists and as composers. In 2019 they won the APRA Art Music Award for Excellence in a Regional Area and have received the attention of government agencies receiving arts funding from Create NSW and Creative Partnerships Australia. Steel City Strings is supported by tax deductible giving from our donors and by our growing local audience.

Media Contact:        

Josh Reid (Operations Manager)
0434 841 234
[email protected]



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