Renowned Australian vocal ensemble The Song Company has been placed in Voluntary Administration. The news was first posted on the Company’s website on May 13 with a statement in which the Board of Directors said they had “considered the financial affairs of the Company and it is in [sic] their opinion that the company faces the possibility of becoming insolvent at some future time, if it were to continue to trade.”
The statement said: “Subscribers, donors, benefactors and supporters are notified that until the second meeting of creditors which is scheduled for the 18 June 2019, the Company will not be trading and most events will be postponed or cancelled.”
Founded in 1984, The Song Company’s repertoire covers vocal music from the 10th century to contemporary works. Over its 35-year history, its schedule has grown to include a subscription series in cities around Australia, as well as recording and broadcast projects, and education activities. It has toured nationally and internationally, and has developed an extensive commissioning program.
The Song Company in True Love Story, with Antony Pitts as Machaut. Photograph © Peter Hislop
Approached by Limelight, Chair Michael Tidball and Antony Pitts, who has been the Company’s Artistic Director since 2016, said: “It is with great regret that we announce that The Board of Directors of The Song Company Pty Limited have advised that the Company has been placed in Voluntary Administration. While practicalities are being sorted out, there may be changes to forthcoming performances.”
“The financial challenges of presenting significant and innovative programs of chamber vocal repertoire across the country have always been considerable, and the Board has acted lawfully in order to avoid the possibility of trading whilst insolvent. We are currently working on possible solutions and are optimistic that, with assistance, we can find a way forward and build on The Song Company’s 35-year legacy. In the meantime, our renewed thanks to all loyal friends and supporters, and partner organisations for your enormous support over the years,” said Tidball and Pitts.
The Song Company has confirmed with Limelight that the performances of Power Chords Attached scheduled for this weekend – at The Independent Theatre in North Sydney on Saturday and Wollongong Art Gallery on Sunday – will go ahead, though next week’s performances have unfortunately been cancelled.