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CONTENTS Sydney Symphony Musicians 2010 04 The Year in Review 06 Chairman’s Review 08 Managing Director’s Report 10 Community 14 Supporters – Donors and Sponsors 20 Five Year Performance Summary 24 IMAGES FROM TOP LEFT: TaikOz at the Blue Note Dinner; Vladamir Ashkenazy Wiesbaden European Tour; Mahler 8 Sydney Children’s Choir; Education concert Sydney Olympic Park; Playerlink Wollongong; Concert Last Night of the Proms; Yannick Nézet-Séguin Sydney Sinfonia Masterclass; Sydney Symphony Fellows; European tour with soloist Helene Grimaud; BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall London; Tchaikovsky Spectacular Credit Suisse post concert event; Musicians on board Emirates A380 flight; Sydney Symphony Fellows Berry Concert; Admirer Sydney Symphony Fellows Berry Concert; Bugs Bunny at the Symphony; Parramatta Park free concert. COVER IMAGE: Portrait Gustav Mahler SYDNEY SYMPHONY ANNUAL REPORT 2011 Vladimir FIRST VIOLAS FLUTES BASSOONS TROMBONES SYDNEY SYMPHONY Ashkenazy VIOLINS Roger Benedict Principal Janet Webb Principal Matthew Wilkie Principal Ronald Prussing Principal Trombone MUSICIANS Principal Conductor Sun Yi and Artistic Advisor Associate Concertmaster Roger Allen and Maggie Gray Chair Emma Sholl Roger Brooke Industry and Investment NSW Chair 2010 Anne Louise Comerford Associate Principal Associate Principal Scott Kinmont Sponsored by Emirates Kirsten Williams Associate Principal Robert and Janet Constable Chair Fiona McNamara Associate Principal Associate Concertmaster Yvette Goodchild Carolyn Harris Nick Byrne Fiona Ziegler Assistant Principal rogenSi Chair Assistant Concertmaster Nicholas Carter Julie Batty Robyn Brookfield Sandro Costantino PICCOLO CONTRA Associate Conductor Jennifer Booth Marianne Broadfoot Jane Hazelwood Veolia Environmental Services Chair Rosamund Plummer BASSOON BASS Supported by Premier Partner Credit Suisse Brielle Clapson Graham Hennings Principal Noriko Shimada Principal TROMBONE Sophie Cole Stuart Johnson Christopher Harris and Symphony Services Amber Davis Mary McVarish Principal International Georges Lentz Nicola Lewis Justine Marsden OBOES HORNS Felicity Tsai Diana Doherty Michael Dauth Concertmaster Nicole Masters Alexandra Mitchell Leonid Volovelsky Principal Andrew Kaldor and Renata Robert Johnson Principal TUBA Ben Jacks Steve Rossé Léone Ziegler Kaldor AO Chair Dene Olding CELLOS Shefali Pryor Associate Principal Principal Geoff O’Reilly Principal Concertmaster Catherine Hewgill SECOND Principal Rose Herceg Chair David Papp Principal 3rd Lee Bracegirdle TIMPANI VIOLINS Tony and Fran Meagher Chair Leah Lynn Euan Harvey Richard Miller Marina Marsden Assistant Principal Marnie Sebire Principal Principal Kristy Conrau COR Mark Robinson Kirsty Hilton Principal Fenella Gill Timothy Nankervis ANGLAIS TRUMPETS Assistant Principal Timpani/ Tutti percussion Emma West Alexandre Oguey Elizabeth Neville Daniel Mendelow Assistant Principal Robert and Ruth Magid Chair Principal Principal Jennifer Hoy A/Assistant Principal Adrian Wallis David Wickham Paul Goodchild PERCUSSION Susan Dobbie CLARINETS Associate Principal The Hansen Family Chair Rebecca Lagos Principal Principal Emeritus Lawrence Dobell John Foster Maria Durek DOUBLE Principal Anthony Heinrichs Colin Piper The Hon. Jane Matthews AO Chair Emma Hayes Shuti Huang BASSES Francesco Celata Associate Principal Kees Boersma Stan Kornel Benjamin Li Principal Christopher Tingay PIANO Emily Long Alex Henery Josephine Allan Philippa Paige Principal Neil Brawley BASS Principal (contract) Biyana Rozenblit Maja Verunica Principal Emeritus CLARINET David Campbell Craig Wernicke Steven Larson Principal Richard Lynn David Murray Benjamin Ward HARP Louise Johnson Principal Harp IMAGES FROM LEFT: Dene Olding and Fiona Ziegler; Jennifer Booth; Adrian Wallis; Emma Sholl; Geoff O’Reilly; Ronald Prussing and Nick Byrne SYDNEY SYMPHONY ANNUAL REPORT 2011 Sydney Subscription Series & Stand-Alone Mainstage Performances In 2010 the THE YEAR IN REVIEW 2010 • The Sydney Symphony presented 119 concerts in the Sydney Opera House and City Recital Hall Angel Place to 227,757 patrons. Sydney Symphony performed • These performances included 92 concerts to which subscriptions are sold across 11 series, five gala performances and a further 22 performances which 200 fall outside the main subscription series. SerieS No. of PerformaNceS No. of ProgramS 2010 atteNdaNce over concerts EnergyAustralia Master Series Thursday Afternoon Symphony 27 9* 9 9 52,426 20,170 to more than 300,000 Emirates Metro Series 8 8 17,423 Meet the Music 8 4 16,511 Kaleidoscope 8 4 18,001 Great Classics 7* 7 16,476 Tea and Symphony 8* 8 16,751 Mondays @ 7 5 5 10,269 people. Discovery Program 4 4 3,650 International Pianists in Recital 4 4 3,895 Mozart in the City 4 4 3,333 Gala performances 5 3 10,497 Commercial collaborations 22 8 38,356 total 119 77 227,758 * matinee performances IMAGE: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall – Full House Commercial Collaborations The Sydney Symphony plans its seasons well in advance. Acknowledging that opportunities to perform in collaboration with popular commercial artists requires a shorter planning window, the Company allocates a percentage of available orchestral playing time to these projects. This work is undertaken either with the Sydney Symphony taking the role of presenter or as a ‘band for hire’. In 2010 the Sydney Symphony performed in 22 concerts in this category which attracted 38,356 attendees. SYDNEY SYMPHONY ANNUAL REPORT 2011 LEFT: Mahler 8 Concert Panorama CHAIRMAN’S REVIEW The Sydney Symphony’s and orchestral performance. I thank 2010 season marked the all directors for their hard work and dedication during the year. I make special start of our two-year “Mahler mention of Mr Stephen Johns, who Odyssey” – a wonderful retired from the Board in September artistic journey with Principal 2010. During his seven years on the Conductor and Artistic Advisor Board, Stephen contributed significantly Vladimir Ashkenazy. This to the Company and I record admiration and warm appreciation to him on behalf project is receiving great of directors, management and musicians. enthusiasm from the entire organisation - both orchestra Importantly, I thank all our subscribers, donors and sponsors who continue to and management alike - provide strong support for the Sydney and in 2010 was met with Symphony. We thank the Federal resounding support from Government, through the Australia our audiences. Council for the Arts, and the NSW Government, through Arts NSW, for their More generally, as well as for the invaluable assistance. Mahler concerts, we experienced strong demand in box-office sales during the The Sydney Symphony musicians continue year due to the Orchestra’s world-class to embrace the vision set forth by Vladimir performances, strong programming and Ashkenazy, and their performances have effective marketing. been of the highest quality during the year. Under Vladimir Ashkenazy’s leadership, Although we recorded a small loss for the Orchestra completed a demanding the year, I am pleased to report that international tour of Europe’s finest the operating results of the company music festivals in August 2010. Their improved over the previous year. performances were excellent and the Ticket sales and investment income reviews that they received reflected this. have recovered from 2009, when, like I congratulate and thank them. many businesses, we were affected by the global financial crisis. There has They are supported by a talented and been a continued focus on cost control dedicated management team. I thank and and the operating result has benefited congratulate the Managing Director, Mr accordingly. Unfortunately, additional Rory Jeffes, for his strong operational and costs totalling $470,000, resulting from strategic leadership of the company. our mandatory divestment from the ABC As we continue in 2011 with the second must now be regarded as continuing year of our Mahler Odyssey with our operating expenses as any offset through brilliant and inspirational Principal Government funding mechanisms appears Conductor, Mr Ashkenazy, I am confident unlikely. The reserves of the company are of another outstanding season for the strong as at December 31, 2010 and they Sydney Symphony. exceed Australia Council requirements. Looking further ahead, 2012 will mark the We look forward to further Orchestra’s 80th birthday, an important improvements in operating results in milestone. Everyone – Vladimir Ashkenazy, 2011. Returning the company to an the Board, management and musicians operating surplus remains a critical – is working to ensure that we mark this issue and we continue discussions with occasion in an appropriately memorable the Federal and State governments, way and I am sure that our audiences will hoping for positive outcomes from the be delighted with the results. delayed Funding Model Review. Sustainability is a key focus for the Board and is linked to our three key performance criteria: Artistic Vibrancy, Audience Development and Financial Stability. John C Conde AO During the year, four new directors Chairman have been appointed to the Board and I welcome them all. The Sydney Symphony Board now consists of twelve members, experienced in business, government, philanthropy, finance, law SYDNEY SYMPHONY ANNUAL REPORT 2011 2010 was a year that As reported last year, the global European Summer Festivals Tour. The tour included important appearances • MAHLER Symphony No.4 We are proud of our corporate partners and individual patrons. This year has seen MANAGING saw a strong focus across economic climate significantly affected our operations, leading to a significant at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the • MAHLER Symphony No.5 the renewal of a number of sponsorships, DIRECTOR’S the areas of artistic deficit in 2009. While these challenging Lucerne International Festival, the • MAHLER Symphony No.8 including that of Principal Partner REPORT achievement, audience conditions persisted in the first half of Grafenegg Festival and the BBC Proms in M • AHLER Das Lied von der Erde Emirates, who have agreed an extension engagement and financial 2010 the second half saw a significant London, as well as two performances at (The Song of the Earth) of a further three years from 2011. We sustainability. Built upon improvement in the market. The financial the Edinburgh Festival: the first paying The remainder of the Mahler symphony also welcome Credit Suisse as our Premier a bedrock of programs result for 2010, while still a deficit, is a tribute to former Sydney Symphony cycle will be recorded during 2011. Partner – a significant new relationship measurable improvement on our forecast Chief Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras for us achieved at a time of uncertainty under the baton of our budget and we continue to focus on both in a program of music by Elgar, Mozart, In addition, a recording of Prokofiev’s within the corporate sponsorship sector, inspirational Principal complete Romeo and Juliet ballet score income generation and effective cost Janácek and Australian composers Peter is currently underway (for completion in again demonstrating the attractiveness Conductor and Artistic control in our drive for sustainability. Sculthorpe and Ross Edwards, and the 2011), again with Vladimir Ashkenazy and outstanding results achieved through Advisor, Vladimir second featuring a new orchestral work conducting. The Mahler and Prokofiev sponsorship with the orchestra. Ashkenazy, it was a year by Matthew Hindson. recordings will appear in Japan and other Philanthropy has again played a key of diverse and powerful ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS Asian countries on the Japanese label role in enabling us to achieve many of performances. The season The Sydney Symphony performed, both WORLD AND AUSTRALIAN PREMIERES OCTAVIA, by special arrangement. Other our artistic and educational goals and recordings in 2010 included: inspired and connected at home and abroad, a concert season I particularly thank those who have rich in significant musical landmarks. In As part of a long-standing commitment • CHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto; Valse- T supported such a broad range of activities with the community of step with many of the world’s preeminent to the performance of new compositions, Scherzo; Sérénade mélancholique – during the year. Sydney and NSW and I orchestras, the Sydney Symphony the Sydney Symphony gave the first conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy with can report that during embarked on a two-year Mahler Odyssey, performances of the following works James Ehnes (violin) (for the ONYX label) 2010 has clearly been a vibrant year where our performances connected strongly with 2010 we played to more with 2010 marking the 150th anniversary in 2010: B • UGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY audiences and stakeholders. Feedback ticket purchasers to our of the birth of one of the greatest A • NDREW HOWES Everyone Sang Live recording conducted by George and comments from visiting conductors core series than in any composers of symphonic music, Gustav Daugherty (for the Warner Bros label) – World premiere and soloists indicate that the orchestra is Mahler. In his second season as the previous year since 2001 Sydney Symphony’s Principal Conductor P • HIL JAMESON Wind in the Hemlock in exceptional form. I pay tribute to the (when accurate records and Artistic Advisor, Vladimir Ashkenazy – World premiere extraordinary array of talent and skills AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT we have been privileged to hear on stage began). This reflects well conducted Mahler’s monumental Eighth J • OHN ADAMS Doctor Atomic Symphony across the season. And I acknowledge the on both the high quality Symphony – heard in the Sydney Opera – Australian premiere In 2010 the Sydney Symphony achieved dedication and professional excellence of the orchestra and also House Concert Hall for the first time in the highest number of classical ticket E • STEBAN BENZECRY Colours of the of the administration of the Sydney almost 20 years – involving performers sales, and the highest number of seats sold on the extraordinary Southern Cross – Australian premiere per paid concert, of any year since 2001. Symphony for their contribution to the from all over Australia, most especially management team that choristers from the Sydney Philharmonia In addition, the following works by In all, 189,402 subscription and single success of the season. I am privileged to call Choirs, Adelaide Symphony Chorus, Australian composers were programmed tickets were sold to 92 subscription and I also celebrate the extraordinary colleagues. West Australian Symphony Orchestra at Sydney Symphony concerts: 5 special event performances, averaging leadership of Vladimir Ashkenazy, in his Chorus, Sydney Children’s Choir and R • OSS EDWARDS Maninyas – Violin 1,956 paid seats per performance. The second season as our Principal Conductor Gondwana Voices, and an international Concerto total number of subscription package and Artistic Advisor; all involved in this cast of soloists. All Mahler performances seats sold increased by 5% over levels great endeavour, both the orchestra • PERCY GRAINGER The Warriors in 2010, including Symphonies 1, 3, achieved in 2009, with around 21,500 and audiences, applaud the wonderful • MATTHEW HINDSON Energy subscription packages transacted. Some 4, 5 and 8, and The Song of the Earth, music-making and creativity he has were recorded for release on the Sydney M • ATTHEW HINDSON Dangerous 112, 840 seats were sold as part of brought to Sydney. Symphony Live label. Creatures subscription packages: 59% of all seats sold to subscription series performances Finally I would like to thank our • ELENA KATS-CHERNIN Stairs Further standout concerts of 2010 in 2010, once again the highest level in Chairman, Mr John Conde, and our included a high-profile artistic event • JAMES LEDGER Arcs and Planes Board of Directors for their generous the ten years since 2001. Paid tickets at the Sydney Festival (Stravinsky’s • JAMES LEDGER In this Day and Age per concert overall were up 10% over and tireless support both for the Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms, • EORGES LENTZ Guyuhmgan (revised G 2009 levels. The company enjoyed an Orchestra and its ambitions. Their strong staged by Peter Sellars) and return 2009) average 80.3% occupancy, also up from commitment, counsel and practical engagements of internationally acclaimed 79% in 2009. In 2010 the benefits of the engagement contribute greatly to the guest conductors Oleg Caetani, Miguel • RICHARD MILLS Aeolian Caprices success of the Company. strategic reorganising of the marketing Harth-Bedoya, Kristjan Järvi, Alexander • PETER SCULTHORPE New Norcia and sales operation in 2008 and 2009 Lazarev, David Robertson, Mark • PETER SCULTHORPE Memento mori began to take root, a process that will see Wigglesworth and Simone Young, as • AUL STANHOPE Fantasia on a Theme P further strengthening and consolidation well as significant debut appearances of by Vaughan Williams in 2011. Inspired program offerings and conductors Thomas Adès, Roy Goodman, the continued and successful leadership Antonello Manacorda, Pinchas Steinberg and appeal of Vladimir Ashkenazy also and Alexander Vedernikov. Among the RECORDINGS contributed to this final result. Rory Jeffes 2010 season’s many fine guest soloists, Since its launch in 2006, the Sydney Sydney Symphony is the only symphony Managing Director exceptional performances were given by Renaud Capuçon, James Ehnes, Symphony Live label has released 13 CDs, orchestra in Australia that generates Slava Grigoryan, Nigel Kennedy, Midori, five of which feature Vladimir Ashkenazy. significantly more income through its Garrick Ohlsson – who also gave a The dynamic recording partnership of own activities than the level of its funding stunning all-Chopin piano recital to mark Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney from Federal and State Government. the bicentenary of that composer’s birth. Symphony now includes the Mahler This funding is critical to the success – Lilli Paasikivi, Stuart Skelton, Jean-Yves Odyssey, with the following works having of the company and we acknowledge Thibaudet and Jian Wang. been recorded live in concert in 2010: this enlightened support and remain • MAHLER Songs of a Wayfarer committed to delivering excellence and The 2010 season saw the Sydney value through our work. Symphony perform nine concerts in eight • MAHLER Symphony No.1 and Blumine European cities as part of a prestigious • MAHLER Symphony No.3 SYDNEY SYMPHONY ANNUAL REPORT 2011 “In 2010 we embarked on a journey, the Mahler Odyssey. Mahler was a very unusual genius possessing tremendous complexes; his personal life was very difficult and his public life complicated, but he left a great legacy. When we ‘raised the roof’ in Mahler 8 it wasn’t just the music that brought people to their feet, but the magnificent work of a great orchestra. It makes me proud, and humble too, to be making music with this wonderful group of people. And now, with our Mahler concerts being released on disc, our audiences will be able to savour every note. Later in 2010 we set off on another journey, to Europe, which was very successful – our first visit there in many years. This tour gave us the chance to appear at some of the great music festivals and venues and to introduce European audiences to first-class Australian music-making. I know we have many more exciting journeys ahead and I’m looking forward to sharing these with our audience.” Vladimir Ashkenazy IMAGE: Vladamir Ashkenazy on the European Tour at Wiesbaden Germany. SYDNEY SYMPHONY ANNUAL REPORT 2011 COMMUNITY LEFT: Education Schools Concert – Sydney Olympic Park. EDUCATION had a positive impact on the quality and quantity of submissions. The Professional piece inspired by Australian composer Matthew Hindson’s new work Dangerous Thank you for We have also been involved in the early stages of the developing Australian 2010 saw the realisation of a number Learning program was further enhanced Creatures, a movement of which was this amazing Curriculum and will continue our of initiatives in the Education program. For the first time we supported the when the Sydney Symphony was accredited by the NSW Institute of included in every concert. The goal was to fire the children’s musical imaginations opportunity. I am involvement as the Arts syllabus takes shape. It is an extraordinary opportunity Sinfonia Regional Tour with preparatory Teachers as a provider of Professional and challenging them to write and so proud of the for the Sydney Symphony Education teacher training workshops. Previously, Development, acknowledging the high calibre of our workshops and recognising submit their own music depicting these dangerous creatures. We received over musical standards programs, under the artistic direction of Richard Gil, to assume a leading role in teachers from participating schools had received resource kits which introduced the hours invested by participating 40 submissions. The most successful reached by our shaping the future of music education in them to the music their students would teachers in further learning. were included in the Schools Concerts, performed by the child–composers. students in today’s this country. hear in the concerts. This year we ran three workshops through the regional To the Schools Concerts series we In one case an entire year group performance! This conservatoriums in the Central and added a Discover Schubert performance in Parramatta, presented by Richard participated in the performance! This is such an enriching mid-North Coast. These allowed the teachers to experience the activities first, Gill, and an open rehearsal for senior was a most successful project which we will continue to develop in our Schools program for music thus better equipping them to teach high school students at the Sydney Opera House. Primary and junior high Concert program. classrooms. the music in their classrooms. We also school children were inspired by our – Mr Jonathan Cannon, Principal, provided teacher workshops in Sydney Schools Composition Challenge, a Redeemer Baptist School, Parramatta and Melbourne to support the national project inviting students to write a short Sinfonietta Composition Project, which SYDNEY SYMPHONY ANNUAL REPORT 2011 ARTIST “The live-to-air broadcast was very important to all a national and international reach, with alumni currently studying and A formal evaluation of the Sinfonia program is currently underway, via a Playerlink COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT concerned and I am very working in the Melbourne, Tasmanian, detailed research program tracking Playerlink is a three-day intensive workshop held annually in regional NSW West Australian and Queensland Sinfonia and Fellowship alumni. The for music students aged 8–18. Since 1994, The Sydney Symphony Artist proud that our young symphony orchestras as well as the process will assess the effectiveness of a team of 14 musicians from the Sydney Development program continues to musicians made such a Sydney Symphony and a number of various aspects of the program, identify Symphony has travelled throughout the identify, nurture and develop the next generation of instrumentalists and fine contribution across fine orchestras and chamber ensembles areas of need, and compare the unique state sharing their enthusiasm for their the nation, and indeed throughout Europe and the US. benefits of Sinfonia to other training art form. Directed by Colin Piper, the team composers nationally. opportunities. It will also gather feedback internationally within the Commissioned works: on the mentoring experience, which works with a regional centre to connect Fellowship with the music education community. context of the World New DAMIEN BARBELER: Traité de la lumière will be used to guide future Sydney This full-time apprenticeship with (Treatise on Light) (commissioned by Ars Together they form an orchestra of Music Days, with some very Symphony mentors. students from surrounding areas, the Sydney Symphony provides an Musica Australis) opportunity for nine of the best young difficult repertoire.” The application process for both Sinfonia and lead them through full orchestral – Assoc. Prof. Matthew Hindson LACHLAN SKIPWORTH: Lapsis rehearsals, sectional workshops and small aspiring orchestral musicians to spend and Fellowship is now paperless, with 400 (commissioned by the Campbelltown Arts group tutorials. Most importantly, the a year in a professional environment, Masterclasses with visiting artists emerging artists applying online in 2010. Centre, with support from Arts NSW) students receive mentoring from Sydney under the guidance of the fellowship on solo and chamber repertoire program Artistic Director Roger Benedict and coaching sessions from Sydney Sinfonietta Symphony musicians and perform in a and Sydney Symphony musicians. Symphony members provide valuable Sydney Sinfonia Composition Project full orchestra, which for many is their first This part-time mentoring orchestra such experience. The participants are selected through learning experiences. In 2010 the The model work chosen for the 2010 continues to attract high-level tertiary national auditions and mentored in ensemble worked with Midori, Jian Sinonietta composition project was For our 2010 Playerlink project, 67 students and recent graduates from orchestral technique, musicianship and Wang, Daniel Hope and Andra Darzins; Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. A record students and teachers converged on the across the nation. Intensive weeks of chamber music. the program culminated in November number of 160 teachers and students Wollongong Regional Conservatorium rehearsal and performance provide with an intensive week of masterclasses across Australia received the free in early June, and the results were The Fellowship ensemble participates a valuable opportunity for emerging with visiting members of the Berlin teaching resource kit. Comprehensive impressive. The students hailed from the in a range of events both on- and orchestral musicians to refine the craft of Philharmonic, including Stefan Dohr professional learning seminars were Illawarra, Shoalhaven and South Coast offstage. Onstage in 2010, the Fellows ensemble performance on the job, while (Principal Horn), Stefan Schweigert held in Sydney and Melbourne to assist regions, with some travelling from further presented a series of chamber concerts sitting alongside professionals. Sinfonia (Principal Bassoon), Matthew McDonald teachers in preparing their students for afield throughout greater NSW. in a range of city venues including the members are also encouraged to attend (1st Principal Bass) and Aleksandar the composition project, thus providing Eugene Goossens Hall at ABC Ultimo, St Sydney Symphony rehearsals and are Last year’s Playerlink really Ivic (Violin). not only a valuable extension for gifted James’ Church King St, and Verbrugghen given access to free concert tickets on a Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium of Fellows participate in training sessions regular basis. students, but also an opportunity for boosted my confidence out of Music. Outer metropolitan and regional with physiotherapists and Alexander music educators to refine their techniques sight and I am very thankful In 2010, in addition to presenting the for teaching composition. chamber performances were presented Technique practitioners on musicians’ for that. After the last two Sydney Symphony’s Education concerts in Campbelltown, Blacktown, Forrestville, health, injury management and to school students and adult audiences, From the submitted entries, six young years, I’m hooked! Penrith, Berry, Goulburn and Bundanoon. sustainable practice techniques. They composers from NSW, Victoria and the Sinfonia had two outstanding – Participant, Playerlink 2010 Approximately 3000 people attended participate in workshops on performance Tasmania, aged between 13 and 17, additional training opportunities. In these performances, including local music presentation, public speaking and were selected to participate in the 2010 February, Vladimir Ashkenazy led the clubs, retirement village residents unable stagecraft, and perform mock auditions, Sinfonietta Project. The group gathered Sinfonia in an orchestral workshop, to travel to major venues, families and receiving valuable feedback from their in the ABC Ultimo Centre for a three-day rehearsing and refining Beethoven’s school groups, and developing audiences Sydney Symphony mentors. intensive workshop with Richard Gill, Symphony No.5 and Brahms’ Symphony in newly established performance venues. soprano Alison Morgan, and an ensemble The Fellowship program is a proven No.3, both landmark orchestral works. of musicians and mentors, culminating New music and collaborative work with model, with many successful alumni. October saw the Sinfonia’s first ‘Side- in a public workshop attended by senior composers are important features of the Of the 53 participants to date, the by-Side’ project, which provided a music students. Fellowship training. In 2010 the Fellows majority now have full-time permanent main-stage performance opportunity for presented a concert of contemporary (36%), contract (11%) or regular casual selected members. Appearing within the Richard Gill is inimitable and works for live broadcast on ABC Classic (40%) employment with symphony larger Sydney Symphony orchestra, they absolutely wonderful with FM, as part of the International Society orchestras. Several other recent performed in the Concert Hall of the of Contemporary Music Festival, and graduates have progressed to further Sydney Opera House under the baton of his constructive and positive had two commissioned works written study at international institutions such Thomas Adès, playing his own ground- direction of the workshop. for them, by Damien Barbeler and as the Manhattan School of Music, Royal breaking work, Asyla. His energy, enthusiasm and Lachlan Skipworth. Academy of Music and the Menuhin encouragement need to be Academy. The program has achieved bottled and sold; the world could benefit immensely from just a drop here and there! The chamber group and Alison Morgan were fantastic. FROM FAR LEFT: Sydney Symphony Fellows; Richard Gill It gave us goosebumps to hear the music translated through performance with real instruments and a soprano, especially when the talent is so exceptional. – Mare Maticevski, mother of student composer SYDNEY SYMPHONY ANNUAL REPORT 2011 TOURING ACCESS COMMUNITY European Tour Regional and Interstate Hospital Visits Under the direction of Principal Touring Summary The Sydney Symphony continued it’s Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Vladimir The following table summarises all regular visits to hospitals in Sydney and Ashkenazy, the Sydney Symphony regional and interstate activity (excluding regional areas via the award-winning toured Europe in August–September hospital visits listed below) presented by music4health program, sponsored by 2010, performing nine concerts over two the Sydney Symphony in 2010: MBF. A practical manifestation of the weeks at summer festivals, showcasing health industry’s recognition of the 27 February – Brass Ensemble Australian musical excellence on the therapeutic power of music, the program Performance world stage. provides entertainment and welcome Campbelltown moments of respite for hospital patients, Eight of the concerts were sold out, and 4 March – Concert Performance with their families and hospital staff. all were well received by audiences and Nigel Kennedy critics alike. Canberra In 2010, five music4health visits were made to a range of audiences including The tour featured a full-strength 6 March - Concert Performance with The Children’s Hospital Westmead, orchestra of 102 musicians, with the Nigel Kennedy through the Starlight Room, and via schedule as follows: Brisbane (SSO with Nigel Kennedy) broadcasts direct to children’s wards, Stresa, Italy – 22 August 20 March - Free Outdoor Concert patients and staff at St Vincent’s Lucerne Festival, Switzerland Parramatta Park Darlinghurst, and an initiative at – 23 August Royal North Shore Hospital with 10 April - Regional Benefit Concert BBC Proms, London, UK – 24 August the ADAPT program, for patients Tamworth managing acute pain. Wiesbaden, Germany – 26 August 28 April –Concert Discover Schubert - Bremen, Germany – 28 August Performances at two off-hospital Sinfonia schools & evening concert sites also continued in 2010, one in Amsterdam, Holland – 29 August Parramatta conjunction with the Autism Advisory and Edinburgh International Festival, UK 30 April - Concert Mozart meets Support Service, performing for children – 1 and 2 September Stravinksy with autism, cerebral palsy and down Grafenegg, Austria – 4th September Penrith syndrome as well as their carers and 5 May - Sinfonia Regional Tour families, and the second in association The tour would not have been possible Taree with the Powerhouse Museum, targeting without the support of the NSW their Thinkspace and Living Skills Government through the Department 6 May - Sinfonia Regional Tour workshop guests: adults living with of Industry and Investment, the Federal Newcastle physical or intellectual disabilities. Government through the Australia 7 May - Sinfonia Regional Tour Council, and corporate organisations. Touring sponsors played an integral role, Gosford Outdoor Concerts 6 June - Sinfonia PlayerLink Symphony in the Domain is one with Xstrata Australia and Telstra as Wollongong of Sydney’s landmark free events, Touring Partners of the entire tour and traditionally ending with Tchaikovsky’s Bupa supporting the BBC Proms concert 27 June – Fellowship Performance 1812 Overture, complete with cannons in London. Pennant Hills and fireworks. This year, extreme 1 July – Brass Ensemble Tour weather conditions again affected Tamworth Benefit Concert Parramatta attendance, with an audience of just The Orchestra’s annual fundraising 40,000. The Sydney Symphony also concert took place on 10 April 2010 2 July - Brass Ensemble Tour performed at Parramatta Park on 20 at the Tamworth Town Hall. Under Newcastle March to an audience of over 8,000. the direction of Assistant Conductor, 20 July & 29 July - Education Concerts Nicholas Carter, the Sydney Symphony performed to a capacity audience of Sydney Olympic Park Webcasting 1 August - Fellowship Performance The Sydney Symphony’s webcasting 1,000 in a program of Wagner, Mozart Forrestville activity continued in 2010, in and Tchaikovsky featuring the 2009 collaboration with Telstra BigPond and Young Performer of the Year, violinist 14 August – Fellowship Performance ABC Classic FM. Nine concerts were Ji Won Kim. The enthusiastic response Blacktown streamed live and made available free again demonstrated the support for and 18 September - Fellowship Performance on demand through BigPond TV. commitment to classical music and the Bundanon These can be viewed at Sydney Symphony in rural NSW. As in 2 October - Fellowship Performance bigpondmusic.com/sydneysymphony. previous years the performance was in support of local communities affected Campbelltown This activity is an important addition to by drought: thanks to the Tamworth the ochestra’s outreach both nationally FROM TOP: BBC Proms at 24 October – Brass Ensemble and the Royal Albert Hall London; City Council and partners BHP Billiton, Fellowship Performance and internationally, and is of particular Vladamir Ashkenazy and Helene Xstrata, St. George, Snowy Hydro, Telstra, Mount Wilson benefit to those less mobile, and to Grimaud at the Lucerne Festival Cadia Valley Operations and The Land, people in regional or remote areas of Switzerland on the European Tour; the concerts raised $50,000, which was 13 November – Concert Russian Rococo: Australia who want to experience an Sydney Symphony at Parramatta donated to four local charities. Mozart meets Tchaikovsky orchestral performance but are unable Park free concert. Newcastle to attend in person. 14 November – Fellowship Performance Penrith SYDNEY SYMPHONY ANNUAL REPORT 2011 PHILANTHROPY COMMUNITY DIRECTOR’S SUPPORTERS- REPORT SUPPORT CHAIRS DONORS AND The Sydney Symphony is immensely In 2010, the Sydney Symphony was SPONSORS 01 grateful for the support of the many privileged to be able to support the work Richard Gill OAM patrons who responded to our of 96 fellow not-for profit organisations. Artistic Director Education appeals, added a contribution to their By providing gift vouchers to support Sandra and Paul Salteri Chair subscription package, or spoke to one fundraising initiatives in the arts, social of our team on the phone and gave welfare, health and education sectors, 02 so generously in 2010. Every gift, the Orchestra contributed $20,000 Ronald Prussing however large or small, is appreciated of in-kind assistance to these Principal Trombone enormously and helps the Sydney important organisations. Industry & Investment NSW Chair 01 02 Symphony present outstanding concerts and music education events that enrich the lives of so many. 03 As a not-for-profit organisation, the SYDNEY Jane Hazelwood Viola Sydney Symphony relies on the support of patrons and sponsors to supplement SYMPHONY Veolia Environmental Services Chair the income earned through ticket sales LEADERSHIP 04 and government support. Without this additional support, the Orchestra would ESEMBLE Nick Byrne Trombone be unable to sustain the calibre of its David Livingstone, CEO, Credit Suisse, RogenSi Chair programming and performances, and Australia 03 04 it would not be possible to fulfil its Alan Fang, Chairman, Tianda Group commitment to music education Macquarie Group Foundation 05 and young artist development. This is the difference afforded by John Morschel, Chairman, ANZ Diana Doherty our Patrons Program. Principal Oboe Andrew Kaldor and In 2010, philanthropic giving at the Renata Kaldor AO Chair Sydney Symphony totalled $1,331,000. SYDNEY 06 Although the overall environment remained challenging, we were humbled SYMPHONY Shefali Pryor by the response to our Patrons MAESTRO’S Associate Principal Oboe Rose Herceg & Neil Lawrence Chair 05 06 Program appeals. CIRCLE In the course of the year, 49 gifts of more John C. Conde AO – Chairman than $5,000 were received, contributing 07 some $914,360 to orchestra programs. Peter Weiss AM – Founding President Paul Goodchild Gifts of up to $5,000 were received from & Doris Weiss Associate Principal Trumpet 3,221 patrons and contributed a total Geoff & Vicki Ainsworth The Hansen Family Chair of $319,000 to the Orchestra Fund and The Berg Family Foundation Allegro Education Fund via our annual 08 in memory of Hetty & Egon Gordon giving campaigns. This is the strongest Catherine Hewgill Tom Breen & Rachael Kohn Principal Cello support from individuals in the Sydney Symphony’s history. The Hon. Ashley Dawson-Damer Tony and Fran Meagher Chair 07 08 Andrew Kaldor & Renata Kaldor AO Members of the Patrons Program gain a unique insight into life backstage; Mrs Roslyn Packer AO through a series of activities, we aim 09 Penelope Seidler AM to foster a connection both to the Emma Sholl Mr Fred Street AM & Mrs Doris Street Associate Principal Flute programs they support and to like- Westfield Group Robert and Janet Constable Chair minded people who share the same passion for symphonic music and the Ray Wilson OAM in memory 10 Sydney Symphony. of James Agapitos OAM Roger Benedict Principal Viola Roger Allen and Maggie Gray Chair 09 10 VOLUNTEERS 11 In 2010, volunteers contributed more Elizabeth Neville than 1,000 hours of expertise to the Cello Sydney Symphony. This resulted in Robert and Ruth Magid Chair approximately $38,461 cost savings to the Sydney Symphony. In addition to the ongoing assistance in the office, 12 80 volunteers raised $13,000 at the Colin Piper Symphony in the Domain. Percussion 11 12 The Hon. Jane Matthews AO Chair SYDNEY SYMPHONY ANNUAL REPORT 2011 PLATINUM PATRONS $20,000+ SILVER PATRONS $5,000–$9,999 Mr John Cunningham SCM & Mrs Margaret Cunningham Stephen Byrne & Susie Gleeson Hon. Justice J C & Mrs Campbell SALUTE DONORS & Brian Abel Mr and Mrs Mark Bethwaite Lisa & Miro Davis Mrs Catherine J Clark The Sydney Symphony applauds the leadership SPONSORS Geoff & Vicki Ainsworth Jan Bowen John Favaloro Joan Connery OAM & role our partners play and their commitment to Robert Albert AO Mr Donald Campbell Mr Ian Fenwicke Maxwell Connery OAM excellence, innovation and creativity. & Elizabeth Albert & Dr Stephen Freiberg & Prof Neville Wills Mr Charles Curran AC Tom Breen & Rachael Kohn Mr Robert & Mrs L Alison Carr Firehold Pty Ltd & Mrs Eva Curran Sandra & Neil Burns Mrs Gretchen M Dechert Anthony Gregg Matthew Delasey Ian & Jennifer Burton Ian Dickson & Reg Holloway & Deanne Whittleston Greg Earl & Debbie Cameron PRINCIPAL PARTNER GOVERNMENT PARTNERS Mr John C Conde AO James & Leonie Furber Akiko Gregory Robert Gelling Robert & Janet Constable Mr James Graham AM In memory of Oscar Grynberg Dr & Mrs C Goldschmidt The Hon. Ashley Dawson-Damer & Mrs Helen Graham Mrs E Herrman Mr Robert Green The Estate of Colin Enderby Stephen Johns Mrs Jennifer Hershon Mr Richard Griffin AM In memory of Hetty & Michele Bender Barbara & John Hirst Jules & Tanya Hall & Egon Gordon Judges of the Supreme Court Bill & Pam Hughes Mr Hugh Hallard The Hansen Family of NSW The Hon. David Hunt AO QC Dr Heng & Mrs Cilla Tey Ms Rose Herceg Mr Ervin Katz & Mrs Margaret Hunt Roger Henning James N. Kirby Foundation Gary Linnane Dr & Mrs Michael Hunter Rev Harry & Mrs Meg Herbert Mr Andrew Kaldor William McIlrath Charitable The Hon. Paul Keating Michelle Hilton-Vernon & Mrs Renata Kaldor AO Foundation Anna-Lisa Klettenberg Mr Joerg Hofmann D & I Kallinikos David & Isabel Smithers In memory Dominique Hogan-Doran PREMIER PARTNER Justice Jane Mathews AO Mrs Hedy Switzer of Bernard M H Khaw Mr Brian Horsfield Mrs Roslyn Packer AO Ian & Wendy Thompson Jeannette King Greta James Greg & Kerry Paramor & Michael & Mary Whelan Trust Wendy Lapointe Iven & Sylvia Klineberg Equity Real Estate Partners Jill Wran Macquarie Group Foundation Dr & Mrs Leo Leader Dr John Roarty in memory Anonymous (1) Melvyn Madigan Margaret Lederman of Mrs June Roarty Mr Robert Martine Letts Paul & Sandra Salteri BRONZE PATRONS & Mrs Renee Markovic Erna & Gerry Levy AM Mrs Penelope Seidler AM $2,500–$4,999 Kevin & Deidre McCann Dr Winston Liauw PLATINUM PARTNERS MAJOR PARTNERS Mrs W Stening Stephen J Bell Matthew McInnes Sydney & Airdrie Lloyd Mr Fred Street AM Mr David & Mrs Halina Brett Mrs Barbara McNulty OBE Carolyn & Peter Lowry OAM & Mrs Dorothy Street Lenore P Buckle Harry M Miller, Lauren Miller Dr David Luis In memory of D M Thew Kylie Green Cilento & Josh Cilento Mrs M MacRae OAM Mr Peter Weiss AM Janette Hamilton Nola Nettheim Mrs Silvana Mantellato & Mrs Doris Weiss Ann Hoban Mr R A Oppen Geoff & Jane McClellan Westfield Group Paul & Susan Hotz Mr Robert Orrell Ian & Pam McGraw GOLD PARTNERS Ray Wilson OAM in memory Irwin Imhof in memory Mr & Mrs Ortis Mrs Inara Merrick of James Agapitos OAM of Herta Imhof Maria Page Kenneth N Mitchell Mr Brian and Mr Justin Lam Piatti Holdings Pty Ltd Helen Morgan Mrs Rosemary White R & S Maple-Brown Adrian & Dairneen Pilton Mrs Margaret Newton June & Alan Woods Family Mora Maxwell Robin Potter Sandy Nightingale Bequest Judith McKernan Mr & Ms Stephen Proud Mr Graham North Anonymous (1) Justice Geoffrey Palmer Miss Rosemary Pryor Dr M C O’Connor AM James & Elsie Moore Dr Raffi Qasabian Mrs Rachel O’Conor GOLD PATRONS Bruce & Joy Reid Foundation Ernest & Judith Rapee A Willmers & R Pal $10,000–$19,999 Mary Rossi Travel Patricia H Reid Dr A J Palmer SILVER PARTNERS Alan & Christine Bishop Georges & Marliese Teitler Mr M D Salamon Mr Andrew C Patterson Bob & Julie Clampett Gabrielle Trainor John Saunders Dr Kevin Pedemont The Estate of Ruth M Davidson J F & A van Ogtrop Juliana Schaeffer Lois & Ken Rae Penny Edwards Geoff Wood & Melissa Waites Caroline Sharpen Pamela Rogers Paul R. Espie Anonymous (1) Mr & Mrs Jean-Marie Simart Dr Mark & Mrs Gillian Dr Bruno & Mrs Rhonda Giuffre Catherine Stephen Selikowitz Mr David Greatorex AO BRONZE PATRONS Mildred Teitler Mrs Diane Shteinman AM & Mrs Deirdre Greatorex $1,000–$2,499 Andrew & Isolde Tornya Robyn Smiles Mrs Joan MacKenzie Charles & Renee Abrams Gerry & Carolyn Travers Rev Doug & Mrs Judith Ruth & Bob Magid Mr Henri W Aram OAM John E Tuckey Sotheren REGIONAL TOUR PARTNERS Tony & Fran Meagher Terrey Arcus AM & Anne Arcus Mrs M Turkington John & Alix Sullivan Mrs T Merewether OAM Claire Armstrong The Hon. Justice A G Whealy Mr D M Swan Mr B G O’Conor & John Sharpe Dr Richard Wingate Ms Wendy Thompson Mrs Joyce Sproat Dr Francis J Augustus Mr R R Woodward Prof Gordon E Wall & Mrs Janet Cooke Richard Banks Anonymous (12) Ronald Walledge Ms Caroline Wilkinson Doug & Alison Battersby David & Katrina Williams Anonymous (1) David Barnes BRONZE PATRONS Audrey & Michael Wilson Phil & Elese Bennett $500–$999 Mr Robert Woods BRONzE PARTNER MARkETING PARTNER Colin Draper Mr C R Adamson Mr & Mrs Glenn Wyss Emanate 2MBS FM 102.5 Fine Music Station & Mary Jane Brodribb Ms Baiba B Berzins Anonymous (11) M Bulmer & Dr Peter Loveday Pat & Jenny Burnett Mrs Jan Biber Debby Cramer & Bill Caukill Dr & Mrs Hannes Boshoff To read further case studies on Sydney Symphony Ewen & Catherine Crouch Dr Miles Burgess partnerships, visit sydneysymphony.com/support Ita Buttrose AO OBE SYDNEY SYMPHONY ANNUAL REPORT 2011 FIVE YEAR PERFORMANCE SUMMARY For detailed 2010 financial results refer to the Annual Financial Report 2010 at sydneysymphony.com OPERATING RESULT MAIN STAGE OCCUPANCY IMPROVING FROM GFC AT RECORD LEVELS IMPACTS Net Profit (loss) for the Year in AUD 000’s Occupancy - Main Stage Performances % 1500 82 1000 80 500 78 0 76 -500 74 -1000 72 -1500 70 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 RESERVES ABOVE SELF GENERATED REVENUE MANDATORY LIMITS NOW 63% OF TOTAL INCOME Reserves to Operating Expenses Revenue by Category AUD 000’s 40 36,000 31,000 30 26,000 21,000 20 16,000 11,000 10 6,000 1,000 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Min 20% Required by Australia Council Surplus Funding Revenue Self Generated Revenue ATTENDANCES STABLE FUNDING INDExATION ACROSS SYDNEY AND LAGS CPI RATE REGIONAL NSW Attendances Funding Indexation V’s Consumer Price Index 400,000 4.5% 350,000 300,000 3.5% 250,000 200,000 150,000 2.5% 100,000 50,000 1.5% 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Sydney Opera House Metropolian and NSW regions Funding Indexation Rate Consumer Price Index IMAGE: Playerlink Development Workshop in Wollongong. 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