One year on


It was one year ago today that most of the former Sibelius developers departed their London-based Finsbury Park offices for the last time, leaving Avid under circumstances that are well-known.

While this anniversary is hardly cause for celebration, I did want to take note of it for a few reasons. First, I want to thank all the loyal readers of this blog for taking time to read, comment, and make suggestions. It’s been a pleasure keeping our valuable community updated with the latest Sibelius tips, tutorials, news, and yes, the occasional investigative scoop! I’ve enjoyed it even more than I originally thought I would, and for that I must thank Daniel Spreadbury, who created the blog in 2008 and entrusted its reins to me a year ago.

I must also thank the blog’s generous guest contributors for providing their own unique insights to share with everyone. If you’re interested in providing a guest post of your own, please get in touch.

Of course, since this time last year, the former Sibelius crew landed on their feet at Steinberg, hard at work developing a next-generation music notation and scoring application. Our community eagerly awaits partaking of the fruit that their efforts will bear.

Meanwhile, MakeMusic, Avid’s current chief rival in the music composition and notation space, is poised to release a new version of Finale before the end of 2013. Readers of this blog will recall that a few weeks ago we previewed some of its features via an accidental advertisement in a music retailer catalog. After initially trying to suppress the leaks, MakeMusic appeared to reverse course and embrace them through a series of fun posts on the Instagram feed of product manager Justin Phillips.

With these developments in mind, I reached out to Avid for comments about Sibelius’s future, and received a friendly reply from Bobby Lombardi, Avid’s director of product management. Bobby agreed that the timing was right to start sharing some information about Sibelius development. He specifically mentioned that the next new release will be “Sibelius 7.5.” When more details are available, I look forward to sharing them here.

Meanwhile, your thoughts, comments, and earnest predictions are always welcome.


  1. Clarke Isackson

    Just want to thank you for the timely update.

  2. Danny Choi

    It will be compatible with OS X Mavericks I assume?

  3. Art Resnick

    I want to thank you Philip for maintaining this blog which has been a great source of both news and Sibelius tips.

  4. Ranger the Arranger

    Any other info? I’m kinda psyched for this new release…at least, about as psyched as one can be for an incremental update to an already excellent software.

  5. Raif

    Great Job !

  6. Max Tofone

    Thanks a lot Philip for sharing your insights and very helpful tutorials with all of us.

    Keep up the wonderful work!

  7. Peter Roos

    Thank you Philip for keeping up the good work. No lost love for what Avid corporate did to the Sibelius team last year, but the power of the individual users will survive. Ironically Avid have created a new, and not to be underestimated development team at competitor Steinberg, headed by the brilliant Daniel Spreadbury. Ultimately, the end users will benefit from that. ;-)

  8. Ernie Jackson

    There will be even more to come and speak about very soon – especially NY based users. I’ll certainly keep you posted.

  9. Martin Jacklin

    Thanks Philip for this; there seems finally to be some vague signs of movement – albeit still verbal; all some of us non-techie daily-users now need is clarity and action.

  10. Bruce Smeaton

    As a composer of over 91 film and television scores as well as all the other bits and pieces you do over the years Sibelius was a godsend and although I still rough out in pencil on paper (Sibelius looks too “proper” and “polished”) I use Sibelius for everything. Many of my graphic friends and animators draw, colour and shade directly onto tablets and I’ve often wondered why I am not able to do the same. Musical notation (or at least the basic notation) would seem to be very constrained compared to what graphic artists do and yet they can work freely, easily and quickly just as like to do composing. As I once remarked to Daniel Spreadbury some years ago if Sibelius do not do this then it will only be a matter of time until someone else does. I appreciate that the core market for the software must surely be schools and other learning institutions but surely the light-pen-tablet entering could be an option for professional composers and arrangers?

    Kind regards,
    Bruce smeaton,

  11. Jesse Valerio

    Philip, I also want to thank you for this blog which I just found. Where have I been? I had no idea of what the corporate HQ did to the Sibelius Team. Maybe that is the reason I’ve felt like my Sibelius program and I were left all alone. I am looking forward to the help I trust I will find through your blog and your readers and contributors to it. Thanks and please keep it up.

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