ABC Sinfonia

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The ABC Sinfonia was an Australian training orchestra established as the National Training Orchestra by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) in 1967. In 1980, the Orchestra was renamed ABC Sinfonia.[1] Based in Sydney, the 40-piece orchestra was entered by scholarship, and was intended to train music postgraduates to join the state symphony orchestras.[2] At 30 June 1984, the Sinfonia had 42 full-time scholarship holders, eight of whom were on bursaries from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and by 1986, 230 players had been members of the orchestra.[3]

The Sinfonia was disbanded in 1986, after a structural and budgetary review of the ABC resulted in the divestment of its orchestra holdings.[4]

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  1. ^ Murdoch, James (1983). A Handbook of Australian Music. Sun Books. ISBN 0-7251-0419-8.
  2. ^ Australia handbook. Australian News and Information Bureau. 1986.
  3. ^ New South Wales Year Book. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 1986.
  4. ^ Buzacott, Martin (23 March 2007). "Proud history lives on". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 5 April 2011.