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Sydney Symphony concert for the isolated

IT WAS the final Sydney Symphony concert for 2007, but the first in a series of concerts each year to be attended by disadvantaged fans reports the Sydney Morning Herald of 16 December 2007.

The orchestra received a grant from the City of Sydney this year to provide a chance for elderly and isolated members of the community to watch it perform at the Opera House.

The Redfern and Inner City Home Support Service brought 70 of its clients to yesterday's concert.

Afternoon tea was held after the concert, so audience members were able to meet some of the musicians. They also received a Sydney Symphony CD.

A symphony spokesman said the orchestra believed all in the community should have access to great live symphonic music, and that the symphony belonged to all NSW, not just the privileged.