Did you know that, at least once a month, Clear Music is involved in rescue operations? We’ve been called in countless times to help orchestras, choirs and chamber ensembles when things have gone horribly wrong. What could go wrong you ask? Well….
We’ve had situations where people have ordered from an overseas website, and the WRONG work has arrived. That’s right, the programme has been set, the rehearsals booked in, the musicians are all ready and the wrong score and parts have arrived. Not even remotely the same work that you expected to receive!
A little variation on the above…..we’ve had situations where people have ordered a particular arrangement of a work with a specific reduced orchestration, and the wrong version has arrived…..so unless you can get those Wagner Tubas and a whole battery of percussion ready to go in an instant, things are looking pretty dire!
There have been times when people have ordered from overseas and the music just hasn’t turned up at all. Non-arrival can and does happen!! Keep in mind, you’ve PAID for shipping and credit card processing fees on top of the cost of the music, so this is a double whammy!
Then there are all the other little unforeseen problems that can pop up - suppliers running out of stock so you only receive two copies of the 45 ordered, the parts are in the parcel but no score, the score is in the parcel but no parts, the full score is from publisher A and the parts from publisher B….it goes on and on…..
Thankfully we’ve been able to perform miracles from time to time, literally at the last minute, to ensure that a rehearsal or performance can go ahead – asking the overseas publisher to email us the correct pdf files of the right work, or of the missing parts, for example. Or phoning the overseas publisher on a Friday evening and having the parts couriered to us to arrive Monday morning! But all this is only AFTER the problem has occurred in the first place, and people have come to us as a last resort.
At Clear Music, we are dealing directly with over 400 publishers. This means that we can supply you with accurate information and advice right from the beginning. Many ensembles are now coming to us first to source their music. Not only is it usually quicker and cheaper, including free airfreight, but we work to give reliable, detailed and accurate help, so you can get the full picture. How refreshing to deal with real live musicians rather than a website!
And we’re right here on your doorstep, and actively working to support you and the wider Australian music community - something else you can’t get from across the ocean!
We like to work with ensembles right from the initial stages of planning a programme. They contact us first, and we perform a free analysis of all the options available for a particular work. When this happens, nobody has to worry about last minute rescues.
So next time you’re planning a performance, treat Clear Music as your first port of call!