Business sponsorship helps get band back together

SINGING PRAISE: Orange Symphony Orchestra President Robin Thompson and manager David Shaw thank Peter Fisher Real Estate's Hunter Ridley for the donation.
SINGING PRAISE: Orange Symphony Orchestra President Robin Thompson and manager David Shaw thank Peter Fisher Real Estate's Hunter Ridley for the donation.

Orange Symphony Orchestra is on course for a successful year thanks to financial backing from two businesses.

The group is hoping to attract musical talent on 3 February to perform Dvořák’s New World Symphony later in the year.

Orchestra president Robin Thompson said thanks to Peter Fisher Real Estate’s Hunter Ridley and Sophia's Strings’ Peter Reid the orchestra were on track for the year’s first recital.

“Hunter Ridley’s father was one of our first supporters in 1986,” said Ms Thompson. 

“The orchestra ran for 26 years until it folded due to lack of funds – so we are very grateful to the Ridleys.”

Mr Ridley said he has a lot of faith in Ms Thompson’s ability to turn things around for the orchestra.

“Both my father and I have always felt that if businesses can afford to support the arts they should,” said Mr Ridley. “I believe in Robin’s motivation to improve and grow the arts in Orange so it’s a cause I’m happy to get behind.”

The orchestra is inviting players above fourth grade, volunteers, friends and potential sponsors to find out how they can get involved at Orange Regional Conservatorium from 3:15pm on Saturday.

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