In releasing its 2015 annual report today, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) has announced a surplus of $655,080, another record-breaking annual result in terms of revenue, ticketing and musicality.
In 2015 QSO connected with more than 1.6 million people, presented seven sell-out performances, achieved record box office revenue for the second consecutive year, and saw overall ticket sales for mainstage concerts grow by 26% on the previous year.
QSO achieved a record $1.27 million in box office revenue for its acclaimed Maestro Series, with an increase in ticket sales revenue on the previous year of 18% for Maestro and 22% for Gala Performances. Single ticket sales for mainstage concerts was up 45%.
A focus on enhanced accessibility saw regional touring increase by 82% compared to 2014, regional audiences to QSO concerts increase by 119%, more than 23,100 people participate in QSO educational performances and activities, and the organization launch new products including a contemporary festival QSOCurrent and the WorldBeat and Family series.
Artistically, the QSO hit the high notes. Acclaimed international conductor Alondra de la Parra was named Music Director after a global search, a first for any Australian orchestra, and Natalia Raspopova was appointed the company’s first Assistant Conductor.
QSO Chair Mr Greg Wanchap said CEO Ms Galaise leaves the company in strong artistic and financial health. Ms Galaise departs for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra this coming Friday and the Board has appointed Rodney Phillips in the role of Interim Chief Executive while the international search for a new Chief Executive continues.
“We wish Sophie all the very, very best at MSO” he said. “The QSO is well into an era of renewed success at all levels. Sophie played a major role in reinvigorating the company and we thank her for this.”