The 2020 year started with a bang with the Tony Backhouse gospel choir workshops and a concert to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.
Unfortunately, the arrival of Covid-19 and lockdown meant that a number of events planned for March-June had to be cancelled, including a performance by the Sydney Art Quartet and violinist Natalia Lomeiko.
Notwithstanding this, the local music community pivoted into online performance and music teaching using zoom and other technologies. Turn Up the Music’s patron, Mark Wilson, performed daily concerts and a special two-part concert on Anzac Day.
The Trust also supported young local songwriters with one group of songwriters, Bandemic, featuring on national news. Individual music tuition continued where technology allowed.
The impact of Covid-19 on Queenstown will be severe, with over 8,000 people registering for hardship grants. The Trust has helped out where it can, providing assistance to teachers and pupils. The recovery will be a long and winding road. But, as we know, music can change lives. Look at how it has got millions of people through Covid-19 with live online performances and tutoring.
Over the next 2-3 years, music will play a critical role in the rehabilitation and resurgence of the Queenstown community. Turn Up the Music will do everything it can to assist the recovery. In order to do this, we rely on donors and sponsors for support as well as the support of all the trustees, staff and teachers associated with the Trust. I want to thank all of you for making the last 12 months such a success, and know you will do everything to ensure that music changes the life of our community at a critical time in its history.