Imagine my surprise when I picked up this August 2014 edition of the Gramophone magazine. This was what I found on its inner cover page:
A full-page advertisement for the Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition 2015.
Now in its third edition, this competition organised by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra has contributed significantly to the growing body of symphonic works for Chinese instruments. Now by paying for this ad, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra is seeking a truly global market for Chinese instrumental and orchestral music.
It is good to see that at least one national orchestra is putting some money where its mouth is.