Sometimes you don’t truly value what you have until it’s gone. This is certainly the case with orchestras and arts organisations more broadly. Unfortunately, it’s an all-too-common experience to see a community rallying around an arts company facing an existential crisis and fighting for survival. But it is always heartening to see how much people value their orchestras and cultural institutions, and to realise how important they are to the experience of life in a city or state.

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