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Title: The Armidale Symphony Orchestra: The ecology of a regional orchestra
Contributor(s): Blackburn, Alana  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2022
Early Online Version: 2022-11-11
DOI: 10.4324/9781003254508-14
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This chapter investigates the Armidale Symphony Orchestra (A.S.O.), a regional community orchestra in New England, New South Wales (N.S.W.), Australia. The study examines the orchestra, one of the oldest surviving community orchestras in the country, and its existence within a larger ecology through local and regional newspapers, concert programs, council archives, and committee minutes investigating its organisational, social, and cultural history from its establishment in 1943 until 2021.

The A.S.O. is pivotal to regional N.S.W.’s broader arts ecology as a cultural leader in amateur community music making and a collaborator with other musical groups and artists in the area. The importance of the orchestra in its regional location is explored through its repertoire and personnel within the economic, environmental, social, and cultural dimensions utilising four-pillars of cultural value.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Musical Ecologies: Instrumental Music Ensembles Around the World, p. 155-168
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781003254508
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 360306 Musicology and ethnomusicology
441008 Sociology of culture
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 130102 Music
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Editor: Editor(s): Leon de Bruin and Jane Southcott
Appears in Collections:Book Chapter
School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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