Northern Orchestra gets grant

The Northern Orchestra got some good news recently.

The non-profit organization received a BC Gaming Grant for $5,500 that will cover their operating expenses until the end of 2021.

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The orchestra, which is a teaching, learning and performing group of Northern BC musicians founded in 2002, will have to adjust their performance schedule but will continue with smaller productions where a maximum of 20 musicians including Northern Orchestra founder and leader Gordon Lucas will be on stage as they perform in front of an audience of as many as 30, which fits into the COVID-19 guidelines for social gatherings limits of 50 people.

"I'm very confident for the continuation of the Northern Orchestra with all of our people and all of our audiences for next year," Lucas said in a newsletter. "We are small enough and flexible enough to do well, and while it will take some stickhandling, we are going to play next year. Live."

To offer live music to as many people as possible there will be two Coffee Concerts held this fall, one matinee and one evening show in Prince George and Vanderhoof with venues to be confirmed at a later date.

There are also Christmas performances on the schedule.

"Operating with flexibility is mandatory for us currently, and will ensure our survival," Lucas said. "I want live music and will not participate in the virtual scenario. So don't ask."

Season ticket holders will have the first option for seating and tickets at the door will be limited.

Audience members can register by email at

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