Sydney Symphony changes position on marriage equality

The SSO has publicly stated its commitment to the Yes campaign, an about face to its ambivalent position a few days prior.

The SSO in concert; image via www.sydneysymphony.com

Following internal discussions and considerable public criticism, the board of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has reversed its stance on marriage equality.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Orchestra announced: ‘The Sydney Symphony Orchestra initially decided that it should remain neutral on this question, taking the view that as a matter of principle it would not take a position that might be seen to commit its wide range of stakeholders to one side or the other.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts