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    Hi Matt,

    Yeow - You live in the land of Oz - yes, I understand it can be very *philistinial* there. Although, the instruments there are of very good caliber - maybe its a little too much *frontier* mentality for some, especially for those with finer tastes. Then again, Sydney has that great Opera House designed by a fellow from Denmark which is known for its sentiments in good design. Of course, if one lives in the outback of Oz then, yep, it can be *tough*. Then I guess the only place where any *culture* is available is down at the local watering hole where one *knocks down* a few with the *mates* - G'day Wally, how's everything in Parramatta???

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    Giovanni - Matt has made some "grand and sweeping" statements about the "average Australian" ... unfortunately most of what he says is true (as I live in the land of Philistines, too).

    As to the arts - you are either "the flavour of the month" or not and if you're not you don't get work. I'd hate to be a composer here, even the really good ones like Gordon Kerry (who I know personally) struggles and has a partner with a "steady income".

    Sadly, the arts are underfunded and interest in them is considered marginalised and elite ... you just can't win when the leader of the country is a right-wing, intelligent, thug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    Giovanni - Matt has made some "grand and sweeping" statements about the "average Australian" ... unfortunately most of what he says is true
    Most of what I say you may all pay no heed whatsoever as I'm usually being a grumpy old git.
    I'd hate to be a composer here,
    Yes you would - I certainly do
    you just can't win when the leader of the country is a right-wing, intelligent, thug.
    The one we had before him was worse IMO, but yeah, basically, if you're not interested in sport, you're nobody worthwhile (schools don't help either - one of my extra-curricular duties is to assist in supervising after-school sports practice ... PARDON??? I wonder sort of fuss we'd get if we asked people from the PE dept to help supervise orchestra rehearsals??? )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soubasse View Post
    ... (schools don't help either - one of my extra-curricular duties is to assist in supervising after-school sports practice ... PARDON??? I wonder sort of fuss we'd get if we asked people from the PE dept to help supervise orchestra rehearsals??? )
    Hi Soubasse,

    This was happening when I was in high school, too ... My female choral teachers were expected to assist coaching girls volleyball, and the male ones worked with track & field. On the flip side of the coin though, the math, history and english teachers helped with musical presentations all the time, so the trade was pretty fair. This was (I'm going to antiquate myself now) 41 years ago in the US (Southern California).

    Nowadays, here at least, there is little support for music in the schools, unless it is at the Uni level. Hopefully things will change for the better.
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    As to the Wannamaker organ ... I own a CD of it ... amazing sounds really, fancy installing an organ in a shopping mall ... the mind boggles ... only in America I guess.

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    First time I heard that one was in the Howard Goodall program. I think it needed tuning ...
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