Melbourne arts patron Michael Aquilina will support a new online chamber series that will see more than 50 orchestral musicians earning performance income in June. The Michael Aquilina Chamber Music Series, presented by Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, will begin with a festival across the weekend of May 30 and 31, followed by a month of Saturday Galas and weekday chamber music highlights.

Michael Aquilina Michael Aquilina. Photo © Albert Comper

“It broke my heart to learn that some of Australia’s finest musicians were facing financial hardship,” said Aquilina, who is an avid classical music supporter. “And also the fact that they would be deprived of the opportunity to engage and play together as a result of the Coronavirus.”

The new series, which will feature socially distanced chamber performances, follows MDCH’s Faces of Our Orchestras festival, which brought in over $65,000 in ticket sales. Established at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, MDCH has already raised over $200,000 through ticketed online concerts for musicians who are otherwise unable to perform due to concert and event shut downs. According to MDCH, Aquilina’s support will help cover operating costs and guarantee an income for all...