A year ago, the Orchestra Orchestra of Greater Victoria closed its doors, and the news spread quickly.
But it wasn’t just the orchestra’s closure that caused much consternation for its members and staff, it was the government’s decision to strip them of their pensions.
And with more than 300 staff members still on the payroll, the closure has put the orchestra in a difficult position.
So why haven’t you joined the orchestra?
The orchestas last fiscal year brought in $1.3 million.
That’s less than half of the $7 million it brought in the previous year.
It’s a small amount, but it’s a significant one.
And the majority of its members have jobs, meaning it is a financially secure organization.
But now, the orchestra says it’s looking to sell its assets.
The orchestra, with a staff of just four, is hoping to sell a building on its main campus, or even its headquarters.
In an interview with the ABC’s Victoria’s Morning Show, the musician and composer John MacLean said it was a difficult time.
“This is a sad day for us,” he said.
“We’re losing the ability to do what we do, the ability for us to play the music that we love, to play our music.”
MacLean, who is also a former orchestras musician, said it wasnít just the closing of the orchestra that was a concern, but the way in which the government decided to do so.
“Itís a real blow to our community,” he told the program.
“I mean, how can you run a community as an orchestra, as a musical community and be forced to shut your doors?”
The decision was not unanimous, however. “
If you’re a musician and you donít have a stable income, itís hard to keep a job and keep playing.”
The decision was not unanimous, however.
Several musicians said the decision to close the orchestra was not just about the financial loss.
“The decision to shut down is a big blow to me,” musician John MacDonald said.
“[It] was definitely not about finances.
It was really about being cut off from a long-term position.”
MacLaren said the closure of the Orchids was a tough decision.
“What the government did is really, really hard,” he explained.
“You know, weíre a small, intimate community, so it was tough.
But there was a ray of hope for the orchids. “
But that doesnít mean we canít continue to be musicians.”
But there was a ray of hope for the orchids.
After the decision was made public, MacLean was contacted by the government and offered his services.
“That was one of the things that I was hoping for, was some sort of assistance with the financial aspect of the decision,” he stated.
“To be able to be able, for example, to get some help with the mortgage, or whatever, thatís a really, truly positive thing.”
Maclean, who has been a member of the orchard for over 30 years, said the announcement of the closure had a significant effect on his life.
“Having a decision like that was very difficult for me to comprehend, but as a musician, you get that feeling that you caníve made some kind of a difference, and that you have a place in the community,” MacLean explained.
MacLean added that it was hard to talk to anyone about the decision, and when he did, he found it hard to explain.
“At the end of the day, it really felt like we werenít part of the community anymore,” he admitted.
And then I was very quiet for a while, and then I spoke to people and I started to realise that it really was about people being forced to do something that they wanted to do and that wasnínt a good way to go about it.” “
When I did, I got really defensive about it and said, ‘Well, if itís not the financial side, what is it about?’
And then I was very quiet for a while, and then I spoke to people and I started to realise that it really was about people being forced to do something that they wanted to do and that wasnínt a good way to go about it.”
And while the closure may have been a blow to the musicians, it also meant the orchestra had to come up with some alternative ways to maintain a music programme.
The decision to sell the Orchard was the only way to do that, MacLarey said.
In the end, the decision is not an easy one.
“People have a lot to live for, but unfortunately, at the end they have to make that decision