The City of Armadale has awarded Classic Sounds Orchestra $5,000 in funding as part of the City’s COVID-19 Recover Grants Program, designed to support community groups impacted in the wake of COVID-19.
Classic Sounds Orchestra formed in 2006. Now based at the Churchman Brook Community Centre, the Association supports four rehearsing groups (two orchestras, a brass ensemble and a fiddle group) of diverse age groups and abilities.
“We have always been based at the City of Armadale, we take great pride in being an orchestra for local people,” said CSO Association President, Rachel John.
“There are many wonderful musicians who live in our region, whether they’re children and adults.”
During the COVID lockdown period in 2020 and 2021, Classic Sounds Orchestra were unable to come together to rehearse or perform, significantly impacting the musicians’ ability to provide an artistic outlet for like-minded people in the community.
Classic Sounds Orchestra’s grant will go towards a free, ticketed concert arranged for school children within the City of Armadale.
“Music lifts our spirits, it always makes us feel better,” Rachel said.
“This is an opportunity to inspire the children, to provide education and to provide a concert to those who may be experiencing financial hardship.”
The City of Armadale’s COVID-19 Recovery Grants range from $2000-$5000. Community groups interested in applying are required to discuss their project prior to submitting their application, which will be considered and assessed as they are received until June 2021, or the allocated funding is exhausted.
“If you’ve got a project that you think is worthwhile, there are grants available to make those sorts of dreams come true for you.
“It’s multifaceted – it has a sense of purpose for the person doing the organising, it has a sense of purpose for the people delivering the event, and then, of course the people who are attending the event. It lifts their spirits as well.”