This will be our final issue of The Podium for 2013. I hope your year has been as busy and productive as ours!
Regular readers of this newsletter will be aware that we try to make our articles as relevant and interesting as we can. Our 'in-house' writer, Gordon Williams, has outdone himself this time with a fascinating examination of the use of orchestral music in video games, and the subsequent genre of concert presentations that has sprung up around the world. Reaching out to an entirely new type of audience, this music has the potential to be sophisticated and complex – rather like the games they accompany.
Violinist James Cuddeford is also featured as a writer in this edition. We are enormously proud of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, a competition that will celebrate its 70th birthday in 2014. This year we introduced some significant changes to the format of the event, and the feedback from contestants, adjudicators, teachers and the public has been overwhelmingly positive. We thought it was timely to chat with a few past finalists and winners who are now involved in a range of musical endeavours both in Australia and overseas. James provides us with food for thought regarding competitions generally, and some interesting musings on the Young Performers Awards in particular.
Our Top Tip this time will be of interest to organisations within Australia, as it examines the amendments to the Privacy Act that will be introduced next year. Having featured each of our Associate orchestras in past newsletters, we are now moving on to introduce readers to our Members – the six Australian symphony orchestras. First up is the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. And you can once again catch up on some news of the world in our Speed Read.
The staff of Symphony Services International joins me in wishing each of you a merry festive season and a happy new year. I look forward to writing to you again in 2014.