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This is our 35th anniversary year and marks the beginning of a new chapter in Australian vocal music, building on the exciting collaborations of the last twelve months including contemporary Indigenous dance company Karul Projects, progressive metal Melbourne band The Omnific, and theatre director Leonie Cambage - as well as our national tours of a cappella music from the last thousand years right up to today's Australian composers.
The Song Company has just emerged from a period of administration and needs the help of vocal and choral music-lovers more than ever before to make our business turnaround an Australian artistic success story for the next 35 years. Donations to The Song Company are tax-deductible, and in this year of all years are vital to our ability to continue to bring our unique voice across the country!
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Following a meeting of creditors held this morning, control of The Song Company has been handed back to the organisation’s board.
The Company will continue its 2019 season, Above Beyond
with its next national tour, Mind Over Matter
, on the road in August and September.
The Song Company recommenced trading on 7 June after having been placed into Voluntary Administration on 14 May, at which time all operational employees and performing musicians of the Company (including the Artistic Director) were terminated.
In their report, Voluntary Administrators Trevor Pogroske and Anthony Warner of CRS Insolvency Services recommended that control be returned to the Directors, in a move that is highly unusual for companies in administration. The recommendation was passed unopposed by voters at this morning’s meeting, eliminating the alternative of liquidation of one of Australia’s key arts organizations after 35 years.
“The Board and I are delighted that creditors voted in support of our proposal, and have returned control of the company to the Directors. I know that this has been a challenging time for the organisation’s employees, and thank them for their patience. This critical juncture will naturally be a time for regrouping and reflecting, but we now have a unique opportunity to future-proof the organisation’s finances and move forward,” said Michael Tidball, Chair of The Song Company.
Artistic Director Antony Pitts agrees, saying, “I’m looking forward to working again with the Board to achieve The Song Company’s artistic priorities against the very significant reality of our razor-thin operating margin. For now the most important thing is that The Song Company re-ignites to deliver the outstanding, unique vocal performances it has built its reputation on for the last three and a half decades.”
Though all staff had the opportunity to rejoin the Company following their termination by the Administrator on 14 May, some have elected to leave with their entitlements. “I am so thankful for what we have achieved together,” said Pitts. “We are now pressing ahead for the remainder of 2019 and look forward to delivering the wide range of unique programs as our audiences know and love them in 2020 and beyond.”
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The Song Company 2019 Season: http://the.song.company/2019/#AboveBeyond
The Conservatorium High, secondary arm of the Conservatorium of Music, and The Song Company, Australia’s premier a cappella vocal ensemble, have great pleasure in announcing the establishment of an educational partnership which will see the Company working in close association with the School to support the pursuit of excellence in choral music performance and composition.
Over the past half-decade, under the direction of Réka Csernyik, the Con High has established a national reputation for the quality of its choral program. The school’s Chorale is the ensemble that has been chosen to perform at the investiture of the Governor-General on Monday, 1st July.
The partnership with The Song Company will build on this reputation providing specialist vocal coaching of choristers, mentoring of a cappella chamber ensembles, and tuition in vocal-music composition for students in the Composition Program. In short, The Song Company will complement the relationship the school enjoys with the performer-teachers on the tertiary side of the Conservatorium.
The Conservatorium High and The Song Company are as one in their commitment to educating and inspiring the next generation of musicians and music educators.
Conservatorium High School: https://conhigh.nsw.edu.au/