Aussie Pops Orchestra responds to COVID-19 with online symphony
As a response to COVID-19 and the devastation it has brought upon the arts and entertainment industry, John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra and friends have “phoned in” an isolation orchestra performance of Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World to raise awareness of music industry charity Support Act.
Support Act is Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health problem, or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music.
For over 30 years, the Aussie Pops Orchestra has presented a unique blend of popular classical and contemporary music to Australian audiences. John Foremans’ Aussie Pops Orchestra online video features Australia’s biggest musical stars including Dami Im, Harrison Craig, Isaiah Firebrace, Silvie Paladino, Courtney Act, Rhonda Burchmore, Maria Venuti, Sheldon Riley, Lucy Durack, Trevor Ashley, Aydan Calafiore, Bert and Patti Newton, Casey Donovan and Denis Walter.
“This rotten virus has affected everyone, but the impact on the arts community has been particular severe, with concerts, tours, theatre shows and so much more, all suddenly cancelled,” said John Foreman.
“But in spite of this, the brilliant musicians of the Aussie Pops Orchestra and the amazing, wonderful guest artists didn’t hesitate to phone in their parts. We really hope this song will brighten your day and draw attention to the wonderful work of Support Act,” he added.
“This is the perfect message for the times, delivered in the perfect way. We applaud John, the Orchestra and the performers for brightening our day with this wonderful song and for reminding us of the importance of live performance and looking out for each other,” said Clive Miller, CEO, Support Act.
For further information and to donate to Support Act, please visit www.supportact.org.au