The Queensland Orchestra’s Andrew Bain is excited. As Principal Horn with The Queensland Orchestra, he has a new baby - a $10,000 shiny new Alexander Wagner Tuba.
In fact the orchestra now has four of these famed instruments, purchased as a result of TQO’s successful Create New Sounds instrument appeal. All four were played for the first time publicly with the orchestra last week at the Maestro Fritzsch Gala and all four performed perfectly.
The Queensland Orchestra’s Managing Director Michael P. Smith said donation appeals like Create New Sounds are a vital addition to TQO’s corporate partnership programs. “Could you imagine having to do your job without the right tools? The instruments the artists of The Queensland Orchestra play have enormous impact on their ability to deliver world class performances and it’s so important we provide them with the right tools. To do this we ask for support from our community through specific donation appeals,” he said.
“The Create New Sounds appeal had a wish list including the four Alexander Wagner Tubas, a Style 23 Lyon and Healy Harp and a set of 6 Ludwig Pro-Copper Hammered Timpani. The combined value of these instruments is more than $100,000.”
“Through our most recent appeal, launched in October 2007, the four Wagner tubas were purchased at a price of some $42,000. And that was achieved by the beginning of March.
“We thank the people of Queensland who support our orchestra. Without their donations, we would simply not be able to put the world’s best instruments in the hands of our artists.”