Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's Community Centre Concert Series supported by Community Centres South Australia removed access barriers for over 560 people by taking the orchestra to the people – visiting community venues around metro Adelaide with great success.
“Absolutely brilliant. So so good to be able to have this experience in the suburbs, and affordable for everyone 💓. Programme was excellent, great mix. Bravo!!!” said one audience member at Woodcroft Morphett Vale Community Centre.
Fourteen musicians and presenter Martin Butler hit the road to present this series of seven free concerts in April this year in venues that were accessible and welcoming.The audiences attracted a great mix of people from culturally diverse backgrounds and included families, elderly people in care homes and people with mobility and access needs.
“Wonderful, so close to musicians and so, so perfect. Great choice of music, I cried. I came with my blind mother who recently had to stop going to your concerts at the Town Hall due to dementia and macular degeneration. She just loved it; we will come as often as we can. Mum used to play the double bass. P.S. How lucky we were to come.” said Felicity at Burnside Ballroom
The program aimed to the removal of many common barriers facing people that prevent them attending mainstage performances including social isolation, financial stress and mobility issues.
An audience member from Cheltenham Community Centre said “I loved it! I don’t get the chance to listen to classical music as I can’t afford to go but it made me feel so good, thank you so much all of you”
An audience member from Woodcroft Morphett Vale Community Centre also facing attendance barriers said, “Having a husband not interested in classical music or live performances of any sort, and, being somewhat anxious in large crowds, the opportunity to enjoy such beautiful soul nourishing music was just 💓💓 X”
Designed to be accessible, interactive and fun, the performance also incorporated visual elements and successfully engaged people of varying background and music knowledge on a musical journey.
“Absolutely wonderful – thoroughly enjoyed the music – ASO has a new convert. I shall be coming to more of your concerts.” - an audience member at Woodcroft Morphett Vale Community Centre.
“The whole experience was wonderful, entertaining, funny and extremely moving. The conductor told great stories and I thoroughly loved everything about this concert. I wish more people could be exposed to such a wonderful experience. With grateful thanks to all involved.” - an audience member at Pooraka Memorial Hall