London Symphonia has announced the investment by the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund (CSRF) in the organization’s purchase of state-of-the-art audio streaming equipment. The audience for livestream and on-demand video is growing, and the new equipment will enable a high quality online experience.
“Our community is very fortunate to have London Symphonia,” said Peter Fragiskatos, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for London North Centre in a statemetn.
“This talented group of musicians have enriched arts and culture in London. This will continue as a result of the federal investment being announced. Every opportunity to extend the reach of this group should be taken and that is why this investment matters. Thank you to the organization, its supporters and especially its musicians for their ongoing contributions.”
While some organizations in the orchestral music community have abandoned or cut back on digital offerings post-pandemic, extending the reach beyond geographical borders is one of its major advantages. It also opens up concert experiences to those who cannot attend regular concerts for various reasons, including disability.
London Symphonia’s online programming has progressed since its inception in 2021.
“Thanks to this significant funding from the Community Services Recovery Fund, London Symphonia is continuing to support the community through outstanding digital concert experiences that are attracting new virtual audiences and deepening educational opportunities for young musicians,” said April Voth, Executive Director of London Symphonia.
“Patrons continue to say our livestream concerts are lifelines. We believe that London Symphonia’s digital performances are vital to fulfilling our mandate to be accessible to all members of the community.”
The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time investment of $400 million from federal coffers that goes to support community service organizations of various kinds, providing the funding to upgrade and modernize operations.
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