In another record-breaking year, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra has continued to set new standards in orchestral management, financial sustainability and artistic rigour.
QSO once again achieved a surplus in 2015. Ticket sales for QSO mainstage concerts grew by 26% in 2015, including an increase of 45% in single ticket sales. Sales of subscription packages increased by more than 6% with subscriptions revenue up by 17% on 2014. Across all mainstage concert series, QSO presented seven sell-out performances.
QSO’s influence continued to grow, reaching more than 1.6 million people in 2015. A strong commitment to actively engage with communities throughout the state saw an 82% increase in regional touring compared to 2014 and a massive 119% increase in regional audiences to QSO concerts. QSO’s focus on music education saw the orchestra engage with 148 schools throughout Queensland, an increase of 29% on 2014. During 2015, more than 23,100 people participated in QSO educational performances and activities.
Artistically, the QSO coup of appointing compelling Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra as Music Director attracted international attention. From 2017, Ms de la Parra will take on the combined roles of QSO Chief Conductor, Artistic Director and community arts leader.