Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) CEO, Bourby Webster has been celebrated for her contribution to the arts with the Western Australian of the Year Art & Culture award.
The award, which was presented as part of the annual WA Day celebrations, recognises excellence in achievement and contribution to the development, promotion and profiling of arts and culture in WA.
Bourby, founder of the not-for-profit Orchestra, has been a driving force for increasing the accessibility of orchestral music in WA. Since founding the Orchestra in 2011, PSO has performed to nearly 350,000 people in locations all over the State.
Commenting on her award, the former violist turned business-woman said: “This award is a true honour and is further validation that WA recognises and appreciates the work we do.
“We work hard to ensure symphonic music is accessible to everyone and that there are exciting opportunities for emerging conductors and young musical talent.
“Music is a force and we see first hand the social and cultural impacts it has on our communities from improved health and wellbeing to increased social interaction and cultural connection.” Bourby added.
“Accolades like this are so valuable. They help raise profile and with that comes new funding and growth opportunities. Ultimately we want to nurture the next generation of musicians and continue to increase our reach and impact and the value of classical music across WA.” Bourby said.
PSO was established in 2011 with a mission to delivering world-class musical experiences across Western Australia – ‘Music for Everyone’. It is known for supporting the growth of classical music opportunities for young musical talent and for ‘breaking the rules’ through its delivery of creative, immersive and engaging musical programs and events. The Western Australian of the Year awards form part of the annual WA Day celebrations and recognise outstanding contribution to arts and culture, sport, youth, indigenous, business and professions by those born and bred in Western Australia, or those who have chosen to make Western Australia their home.