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Kate Lidbetter – Address to AAPRO

President Guo, vice presidents, ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to be here today and am grateful for the opportunity to tell you a little about the education and outreach activities of the Australian orchestras. But first, I should introduce my company, Symphony Services International. Some of you may have heard me speak at the China Symphony Development Foundation conference in Hangzhou earlier this year – back then, we were known as Symphony Australia. Since then, we have expanded our scope to offer a wide range of services and products to orchestras not only in Australia but around the world. Asia is becoming an important market for us.

Like here, the Australian orchestral sector comprises many levels and types of orchestras. The Members of Symphony Services International are the six professional state orchestras based around the country and I am pleased that some of my colleagues from these orchestras are here today. In addition, we have Associates including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Canberra and Darwin Symphony Orchestras, opera orchestras and also orchestras from Asia and New Zealand. I am delighted to acknowledge our Associates Philharmonia Taiwan, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan….

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