A million codes

We recently added close to a million postal codes from countries all around Europe, the USA and Australia to Zinfonia to provide better speed and accuracy when entering addresses based on postal codes in Zinfonia.


The same resources are also available in the current version of HLMSW where you can download tables for checking the postal codes of any invoice or delivery address you enter in the system.

2016-07-18_17-46-37Contact BTMI to enable this feature in your HLMSW.

Additional postcodes from other parts of Asia and South America will be added to both systems later in the year.

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Who uses Zinfonia?

Now that we have crossed the milestone of more than 18,000 users world-wide, I thought you may be interested in some Zinfonia statics to answer the regularly asked question “Who uses Zinfonia?

Zinfonia customers come from 108 countries with the USA and UK making up ¾ of our users.


Our customers comprise a cross-section of artistic organisations, libraries and individuals



While English is the most common language, the other languages are well used.  This chart is likely to change when the Spanish translation is released later this year.


So the most common Zinfonia user at this time is an English-speaking professional based in the USA.

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UIC benefits Zinfonia Users

The benefits for better stock control with the Universal Instrumentation Code are now very clear as more and more HLMSW users world-wide start using the system.

There are benefits also for Zinfonia users where the UIC icon is becoming a common sight.

UIC in Zinfonia

When a title has a UIC, a Zinfonia user can click on on the UIC icon to get a complete breakdown of the instruments in the set in English or German (with French, Italian, Polish and Spanish to follow)


And when they place an order, they get to see precisely what materials they can request:


Note to HLMSW Users: In HLMSW, any item you enter in a work template with a 0 value will appear in Zinfonia as a input item, otherwise it will be listed in the Complete set of performance parts section

Because a UIC is created from the actual parts, it has been found they are much more accurate than the concatenated orchestrations usually used to indicate the instrumentation.

Next year we will be introducing a new option in Zinfonia for UIC searching which is an extremely powerful tool to search repertoire based on the actual requirements of the user, something that was not possible before.

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UIC auf Deutsch

Thanks to the hard work of the team at Schott Mainz, the Universal Instrument Code or UIC can now work in both English AND German with more languages to follow.


An important design feature of the UIC is that is not based on any particular language or display convention, and so with the appropriate rules it is possible to display instrumentations in any language, and in any format.

On Zinfonia there are now close to 500 hundred titles available with a UIC and more being added every day (look out for UIC64the UIC Logo on the left hand side of the work).

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Zinfonia at MOLA Helsinki

Conference logo JPG grayscaleBoth Peter Grimshaw and Ulrich Steffen Eck will be attending the 34th Annual Conference of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association which this year is to be held in Helsinki, Finland from May 13, 2016.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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EU Tax Check

In v8 of HLMSW, we have added a small utility that can perform a validity check on EU VAT Identification Number.

For companies that are members of the EU, to create a tax-free invoice using the tax number provided by a EU customer should be checked for its validity before issuing an invoice (otherwise penalties may apply).

So now there is a little button you can use to check the status of any tax number.


The tax number must be entered in the Tax field and should take the format


where XX is the country code and ###### is the number (eg IT012345679)

More information about this service is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/faq.html


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Frankfurt Musikmesse 2016

Peter Grimshaw and Ulrich Steffen Eck will be flying the BTMI and Zinfonia flags at this year’s Musikmesse 2016 which kicks off on Thursday April 7.

If you are attending the event and would like to see us, please contact us at

i n f o @ b t m  i . c o m . a u

as we would be delighted to see you there.

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Exporting HLMSW Performances

In HLMSW v8.00 (Build 2.0) or later we have created a new option to assist in the export of HLMSW Performances for other systems (like web calendars) or as the basis of performance society reports.

Working out what should or should not be included in a performance export is easier to manage and the routines have been optimised to create performance lists that are optimised for PRS reporting (with the inclusion of the PRS Venue ID as part of the export).



Click here for more information and instructions how to use this new feature

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HLMSW Versions

We currently have 2 versions of HLMSW available, and we recommend that ALL HLMSW users have the most recent version of HLMSW installed.

To see what version of HLMSW you have installed, click on menu option Help/About in HLMSW.

HLMSW Version 7.40 (Build 1.66)

This is (we hope) the very last build of version 7 of HLMSW and ALL HLMSW users should be using this version.  Most of the changes are small, but there have been major improvements in the handling of Zinfonia requests and so is a must for Zinfonia users.

There are many bug fixes as well all of which are listed by clicking on the View Update History button on the Maintenance tab in the HLMSW Configuration Editor. Another handy tip is that if you want to see what version of HLMSW you and all of your colleagues have installed (because it is VERY important that everyone has the same version), click on the View Event Logs button down the bottom of the same maintenance tab and you can see the version of everyone that has logged into HLMSW on any particular day.

Note: the HLMSW Administrator logins will always have different versions from a normal HLMSW user.

HLMSW Version 8.00 (Build 1,15)

HLMSW v8 has been a long time coming but this is one of the biggest updates to the HLMSW system since its creation.  The reason for this is that it uses a brand new classification system for your stock called the Universal Instrument Code (UIC).  There are many advantages of the UIC which have been spoken about here but it does require some work to get started.

Fortunately you can continue to use the existing methods for stock control and so you can start receiving all of the other benefits of this version straight away while the conversion process to the UIC is something that will be undertaken over time.

HLMSW v8 is available for all users now, but at the moment the UIC is available in English only.

Contact us if you want to upgrade.

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Zinfonia 2015 Review

Zinfonia most performed titles in 2015

  1. Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition; arr. [Ravel] (Boosey & Hawkes)
  2. Leonard Bernstein West Side Story. Symphonic Dances [Full Orchestra] (Boosey & Hawkes)
  3. Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring. Suite [Orchestral Version] (Boosey & Hawkes)
  4. Ottorino Respighi Pini di Roma [Pines of Rome] (Casa Ricordi)
  5. Arturo Márquez Danzon No. 2 (Peermusic Classical)
  6. Aaron Copland Lincoln Portrait (Boosey & Hawkes)
  7. Leonard Bernstein Candide. Overture [Standard Concert Version] (Boosey & Hawkes)
  8. Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring. Suite [Chmbr Version] *[2012]* (Boosey & Hawkes)
  9. Samuel Barber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (G. Schirmer)
  10. Sergey Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances [Full Orchestra] (Boosey & Hawkes)
  11. Maurice Ravel Concerto en Sol (Editions Durand)
  12. Sergey Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Complete Work] (Boosey & Hawkes)
  13. Francis Poulenc Gloria (Salabert)
  14. Béla Bartók Divertimento (Boosey & Hawkes)
  15. Benjamin Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, The (Boosey & Hawkes)
  16. Igor Stravinsky Pulcinella. Suite (Boosey & Hawkes)
  17. Leonard Bernstein Chichester Psalms [Full Version] (Boosey & Hawkes)
  18. Maurice Ravel Boléro (Editions Durand)
  19. Aaron Copland Clarinet Concerto [Standard Version] (Boosey & Hawkes)
  20. Benjamin Britten Four Sea Interludes (Boosey & Hawkes)

Zinfonia most performed composers in 2015

  1. Aaron Copland
  2. Leonard Bernstein
  3. Benjamin Britten
  4. Igor Stravinsky
  5. John Rutter
  6. Dmitri Shostakovich
  7. Ralph Vaughan Williams
  8. Mack Wilberg
  9. Karl Jenkins
  10. Béla Bartók

Zinfonia Composers who died in 2015

  1. Ward Swingle (21.ix.1927 — 19.i.2015)
  2. Marvin David Levy (2.viii.1932 — 9.ii.2015)
  3. John McCabe (21.iv.1939 — 13.ii.2015)
  4. Andrzej Koszewski (26.vii.1922 — 17.ii.2015)
  5. Gérard Calvi (26.vii.1922 — 20.ii.2015)
  6. Charles Kálmán (17.xi.1929 — 22.ii.2015)
  7. Roy Douglas (12.xii.1907 — 23.iii.2015)
  8. Ronald Stevenson (6.iii.1928 — 28.iii.2015)
  9. David Ward-Steinman (6.xi.1936 — 14.iv.2015)
  10. Ronald Senator (17.iv.1926 — 30.iv.2015)
  11. Margaret Garwood (22.iii.1927 — 3.v.2015)
  12. McNeil Robinson (16.iii.1943 — 9.v.2015)
  13. Michael Braunfels (3.iv.1917 — 15.v.2015)
  14. Ernest Tomlinson (19.ix.1924 — 12.vi.2015)
  15. Gunther Schuller (22.xi.1925 — 21.vi.2015)
  16. James Horner (14.viii.1953 — 22.vi.2015)
  17. James Holesovsky (01943 — 27.vi.2015)
  18. Roger Smalley (26.vii.1943 — 18.viii.2015)
  19. Alexander Faris (11.vi.1921 — 28.ix.2015)
  20. David Stock (3.vi.1939 — 2.xi.2015)
  21. Guido Masanetz (17.v.1914 — 5.xi.2015)
  22. Andrei Eshpai (15.v.1925 — 8.xi.2015)
  23. David Willcocks (30.xii.1919 — 17.xi.2015)
  24. Nguyễn Thiên Đạo (3.vii.1940 — 20.xi.2015)
  25. Jouni Kaipainen (24.xi.1956 — 23.xi.2015)
  26. John Eaton (30.iii.1935 — 2.xii.2015)
  27. John Duffy (23.vi.1928 — 22.xii.2015)
  28. Herbert Bielawa (3.ii.1930 — 23.xii.2015)
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