This will be Symphony Services International’s final edition of The Podium for 2015 and I hope you’ve enjoyed our array of stories and features this year.
Since the last Podium, Symphony Services International has hosted our third biennial Orchestral Summit. Held in Sydney in late November, the Summit brought together delegates from all of our Member and Associate orchestras, and featured international guest speaker Russell Willis Taylor. Russell was President and CEO of US-based National Arts Strategies until earlier this year, and has extensive senior experience in strategic business planning, financial analysis and planning and all areas of operational management. She spoke a number of times throughout the event, and is currently touring Australia to spend a full day with each of our Member orchestras. We are grateful to the Australia Council for the Arts for their support in bringing Russell to Australia.
We were also fortunate to have the CEO of Australian Philanthropic Services, Antonia Ruffell, on the list of speakers. She brought an Australian perspective to the discussions around philanthropy, enhanced by a wonderful panel of donors to the Sydney Symphony, who provided insights into their reasons for giving and their individual perspectives on the process. The Macquarie Group Foundation generously provided the venue and catering for the event and it was hailed a great success by delegates.
This edition of The Podium contains a feature by our good friend and colleague Rudolph Tang. One of the best-connected music journalists in China, Rudolph leads us on a study of classical music culture in China today. His perspectives on concert halls, orchestras, and the impacts that swift change and development are having on his country are insightful.
Gordon Williams’ ‘Letter from LA’ explores some of that city’s recent productions and presentations, as well as some new and beautiful geographical territory.
Replacing our usual Top Tip, in this edition we provide details of some of our newest publications through the Goodear Editions imprint. Goodear Editions has gone from strength to strength and is increasingly popular with orchestras around the world. And our new online sales system makes it even easier to purchase physical or digital scores and parts.
The Speed Read provides some interesting media titbits from around the world and we are happy to once again feature our Associate, Orchestra Victoria.
The staff and board of Symphony Services International join me in wishing all of our readers a safe and happy festive season. Our offices will be closed from 25 December until 4 January, and we look forward to bringing you more stories and news in 2016.
Chief Executive Officer