Symphony Services International

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Formerly Symphony Services Australia Limited (known as Symphony Australia), Symphony Services International provides centralised services to its members, the six Australian state symphony orchestras. These services include the Symphony Services Music Library, the Artist Development program, publications/program note editing and international artists’ contracts, visas, travel and accommodation. Some of these services are also provided to other orchestras and individuals on a user-pays basis.

Symphony Services Australia began in 1997 after the Concerts Division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation devolved.[1] This process came about after the beginnings of privatisation of the Australian six state orchestras, creating the need for a company that provided services in a centralised environment.

Symphony Services International supports the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards and runs a Conductor Development Program. They also hold one of the Southern Hemisphere's largest classical print music library with over 460,000 items[2] and holds over 3,500 program notes.[3]

The members of Symphony Australia are:

As of August 2010 Symphony Services International introduced other forms of membership. They now offer the chance to be associate (by invitation only).

Through Symphony Services International's alliance with the ABC, performances with these orchestras may be broadcast live on ABC Classic FM or recorded for future broadcast.

Symphony Services International supports the many needs common to all orchestras:

  • Extensive music library
  • Goodear Acoustic Shield[4]
  • Tour management
  • Over 3500 program notes
  • Surtitles
  • The ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards
  • Conductor development
  • Composer commissioning and development

Goodear Acoustic Shield[edit]

Symphony Services Internation produce the Goodear Acoustic Shield, an innovative item that complies with OHS standards. The item absorbs sound rather than reflecting it.[5]

Goodear Editions[edit]

In 2010 Symphony Services International started producing their own orchestral editions of hard to find out of copyright works. Their first edition was that of Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier Suite.[6] As of 2013 Goodear Editions has produced over 42 professional standard orchestral materials including Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suite no. 2, Puccini's Nessun Dorma, various Vivaldi pieces and most recently Prokofiev's Piano Concerto no. 3. Goodear Editions has a distinctive dark blue cover and spiral binding.

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