David Sidebottom is the new General Manager of The Song Company. The affable British national shares professional aspirations for the organisation comprising of the continent’s foremost vocal ensemble.
“I am responsible for the management of all aspects of The Song Company Australia from providing strategic and business support to the artistic goals, building strategic relationships, and business development for national and international performances,” David says.
“Established for over 30 years, The Song Company has developed a loyal following and respect in the Australian arts scene. With the recent appointment of Antony Pitts as Artistic Director we have ambitious plans to substantially raise the profile nationally and internationally. I love that kind of challenge and am inspired every time I hear our singers perform.
At the Song Company, there is a common purpose to share artistry with a wide audience, and despite the immense workload the organisational culture maintains a genuine sense of humour along the way.”
Throughout the remainder of 2016 the Song Company’s schedule remains a busy one with its 2017 program looking equally full.
“The next concert is Strange Fruit, inspired by Billie Holiday’s courage, touring in early October. Then on November 8 we are delighted to partner with Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce for the 2016 Arts Table - a sumptuous night of food, wine and song. How very Sydney!
The final 2016 concert, An Orthodox Christmas, tours in November, including carols with Georgian, Greek and other connections. Our 2017 program, The Attraction of Opposites, has just been launched, with music made and moulded in Australia as well as sounds embedded in a shared global culture. Have a look at our website (www.song.company) for more details.”
Finally, when it comes to places to work, David says Walsh Bay stands out thanks to its dramatic natural beauty as well as being home to many like-minded arts organisations.
“We certainly don’t work in the arts for the money, so working in Walsh Bay on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours is a big bonus - not to mention the collegiality of neighbouring arts organisations. After moving to Sydney in 2002 I landed a three-month contract with the multicultural arts festival ‘Carnivale’. I am now working in exactly the same office space. That (initial) job was the first step in my journey to Australian citizenship and a welcomed change of career to arts management.”