Kaleidoscope – in verse, by Patrick Thomas (Wirripang 2011) ISBN 978-1-876829-24-7

Patrick Thomas MBE has been a conductor of international repute, but many do not know him as a writer. Several books have been authored by this great maestro showing an intellect of great capacity and a spirit of true imagination. In this publication, Thomas reveals himself as a consumate poet with 71 poems ranging on … Read more

Behind the Scenes: A Conductor’s Anecdotes (Part 1), and A Visit to Russia – 1990 (Part 2), by Patrick Thomas MBE (Wirripang, 2011) ISBN 978-1-876829-25-4

The author, known to many as one of Australia’s finest conductors, can really tell a story, not only through music-making with orchestras on a stage, but in written form. This book is in two parts: the first comprising the bulk of the book with recollections of his life and career dating back to the mid-1940s … Read more

MCA MEMBERS’ OCCASIONAL BULLETIN From the Executive Director, Music Council of Australia

Dear members, Here is an update on a number of important (if slow!) developments in the music world, along with my cheery, optimistic comments. The National Curriculum. This has quietly been renamed the Australian Curriculum. Maybe the PM’s continuing references to ‘our nation‘ made change desirable. The first draft of the curriculum for music and the … Read more