Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra
Mr ALISTER HENSKENS (Ku-ring-gai—Minister for Skills and Training, and Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology) (16:07): I recognise a brilliant musical ensemble in my local community, the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra, which will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary this year. The anniversary will be marked by four performances throughout the year, featuring outstanding young musicians performing classical and film music compositions. Since its inception in 1971, the orchestra has enjoyed an unrivalled reputation, delivering exciting and interesting music and community-focused programs for students and adults alike. I appreciate not only their excellent musical performances but also their focus on community. The orchestra is run by and for the community, reflected in its much-loved community projects, like the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition and Kids' Proms concerts. As a musician myself, and an avid fan of the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra, I personally appreciate their efforts in encouraging young people to learn and play music. I congratulate the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra on 50 years of service to Ku‑ring‑gai.