30TH JULY 2019

Steel City Strings a Finalist in the 2019 Art Music Awards

We are proud to announce that Steel City Strings is a finalist in the prestigious national Art Music Awards, presented each year by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre. The orchestra is a finalist in the Award for Excellence in a Regional Area for activities in 2018 and commitment to new Australian music.

We are very excited that our support for regional, local and established Australian composers is being recognised and that our amazing year in 2018 with the launch of the documentary The Passion of Music and all three outstanding concerts is being acknowledged.

The finalists celebrate achievements in Australian contemporary classical, jazz and experimental music. The quantity, the quality and the variety of projects and works included makes a powerful statement about the rich range of talent and the sheer volume of creative work by today’s Australian art music practitioners.

The Art Music Awards winners in eleven national categories, as well as state or territory awards, will be announced on Monday 19 August at the Great Hall of the University of Sydney, with a live performance program curated by composer-pianist Barney McAll. MC extraordinaire Jonathan Biggins will return as the evening’s host.

For more information please visit the official Art Music Awards website.



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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