Rotten news from the north of the Lucky Country: The Queensland government has just cut ALL the funding to the Queensland Youth Orchestra. This is the second Aussie youth orchestra to be killed off in a month.
Violinist Tor Fromhyr writes: The Queensland Youth Orchestra and John Curro have together been the inspiration and motivation for thousands of Queensland’s youth in making good choices for themselves and their communities. This organisation has given so much to so many for almost 50 years.
Recently, I was performing with the Tasmanian Symphony and on the stage were18 former QYO members ranging in age from 19 to over 60. The alumni of QYO reads like a who’s who of elite musicians, scientists, researchers, doctors, engineers, business leaders and simply good citizens and ambassadors of this country. I contend that most place their experience with the Queensland Youth Orchestra as being one of the most important influences in their development and success in life.
If QYO has been a part of your life, or if you just believe in showing your support for a wonderful institution that has been operating on a shoestring for 47 years then please write to the minister. Even better if you copy it to the Federal minister.
The Queensland minister is The Hon Ian Walker, Minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts: email@example.com
George Brandis is the Attorney General and the Federal Minister of the Arts: firstname.lastname@example.org