Wollongong Orchestra Receives Record NSW Government Funding




Wollongong Orchestra Receives Record NSW Government Funding


Steel City Strings has been granted $60,000 by Create NSW to fund its 2022 Season. It comes as The Hon. Don Harwin MP, Minister for the Arts announced all recipients of its Round 1 2021/22 Arts and Cultural Funding Program that will share in the $9.37m of funding.


The funds will enable the orchestra to engage a Chief Conductor for 2022, pay local musicians, engage more local venues and suppliers, and continue to make classical music accessible to the Wollongong, Shoalhaven, and Southern Highlands regions.


“Like all arts and cultural organisations, Steel City Strings has been hit hard by pandemic-related closures over the last two years. This funding will help restore the ability of this great community orchestra to get back to doing what it does best: delighting audiences, providing a platform for emerging players and enriching the cultural life of our region.” said President, Adam Zarth.


The 2022 Season will engage some of Australia’s most respected performers and develop Steel City Strings as NSW’s top regional ensemble for strings. The region will see key collaborations with composer and didgeridoo artist, William Barton, virtuoso percussionist Claire Edwardes, and violinist Emily Sun. The orchestra is also a champion of new Australian music, commissioning and performing new Australian works in every season since its inception.


“This funding will not only enable us to grow as an organisation, but from an artistic standpoint too. Engaging a Chief Conductor will improve our ensemble’s sound and working with these soloists will enrich our 2022 season as we help audiences rethink what classical music can be.” said Artistic Director, Kyle Little.


All information for its 2022 season will be available soon via www.SteelCityStrings.com.au.




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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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