Queensland Symphony Orchestra Unveil ‘We’re Sharing the Joy’ At-Home Concert Initiative

Do you know someone who previously enjoyed attending the orchestra, but have been unable to due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you think that person deserves to have the Queensland Symphony Orchestra travel to their house to hold a private concert? If the answer to both of these questions is a resounding “YES!”, then this newest initiative from Queensland Symphony Orchestra may be something to consider.

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra has announced that from Monday, they will be launching the We’re Sharing The Joy initiative via their website. Once it goes live, the community will be able to nominate someone who deserves a private performance. Those successful will have QSO musicians play private performances on their doorsteps sometime in early December 2020.

Like many other performing arts organisations across Queensland, Australia and the world; Queensland Symphony Orchestra had a majority of their 2020 season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They have kept busy by a series of online concerts, a performance in-front of 30,000 at the Gabba for the only Brisbane-based AFL Grand Final likely for a generation, and several other initiatives such as this.

We are calling out to Queenslanders to share the joy of music with people who really need it, and to nominate their family, friends, neighbours, class or school for QSO musicians to visit their home or place of work and perform a private performance – right there, live in person, because we want to share what we love to do – perform beautiful music that uplifts and brings joy.

Warwick Adeney – Queensland Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster

I am a great believer in the power of music to heal and inspire and I have marvelled at the wondrous ways the Queensland Symphony Orchestra has found new ways to connect with audiences this year. We now have the very great honour of supporting the ‘We’re sharing the joy’ campaign. What a magnificent initiative.

It confirms the exceptional musicianship of the QSO, while transforming the ideals of this grand festive season – peace and goodwill – into something really positive.

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC – Governor of Queensland / Patron of the QSO

During the past five months we have been extremely disappointed that we have been unable to deliver live concerts to the people of Queensland, however we’ve created a fantastic range of online content from musicians’ homes, backyards, parks and playgrounds, playing all sorts of music, from Bach to Baby Shark, an epic anthem collaboration with the Gold Coast SUNS and the Brisbane Lions and of course at the AFL Grand Final.

We have been determined to keep performing music for Queenslanders, and through the We’re Sharing The Joy program, we will be doing this live and up close to people who need it across the state.

Craig Whitehead – Queensland Symphony Orchestra Chief Executive


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