A new chapter

After nearly 16 years as Director of Music at The King’s School working with wonderful staff and students, it is time to change direction.  But in going forward, I am proud of the many achievements in growing the music programme and building excellence in performance, composition and academics. On reflection, the highlights over this time … Read more

Family Connections: A personal response

Last week I and my friend Justyn Reis had the pleasure of attending a vocal recital by soprano Charlotte de Rothschild, sensitively accompanied by my old friend, pianist @Barry Walmsley. It took place at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Sydney. What a delightful and interesting night it was! “Family Connections” was the theme and she presented … Read more

Three evolutionary perks of singing

All together now – three evolutionary perks of singing Susan Maury, Monash University We’re enjoying the one time of year when protests of “I can’t sing!” are laid aside and we sing carols with others. For some this is a once-a-year special event; the rest of the year is left to the professionals to handle … Read more

Charlotte de Rothschild: Sings a story of her Family Connections

In her Sydney-only recital, British soprano Charlotte de Rothschild will weave a fascinating story of her famous family’s connections with the great composers of Europe. With her reputation as an international artist and after years of research, no-one is better placed than the soprano Charlotte de Rothschild to tell the unique story of the Rothschilds … Read more

Rhythm to Recovery

Faulkner, S.: Rhythm to Recover – A Practical Guide to Using Rhythmic Music, Voice and Movement for Social and Emotional Development, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2017) (This review first appeared in The Studio (May 2017), published by MTA of NSW.) Simon Faulkner has become one of the world’s leading exponents on the use of … Read more

Brandenburg Celebrates

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Brandenburg Choir Artistic Director: Paul Dyer ABC 481 1929 You can’t go past some of the great works of the Baroque if you want to celebrate joy, passion, triumph and elegance, all traits of the astounding Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. After 25 years of continued success and audience favour, the ABO has carved … Read more

Here’s why non-government schools work better

by KEVIN DONNELLY The Australian 12:00AM December 28, 2016 (Retrieved from http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/heres-why-nongovernment-schools-work-better/news-story/2bb048b548d706d1ba6e2fb2291cc714) In 2004, in Why Our Schools are Failing, I argued Australia’s competitive academic curriculum was being “attacked and undermined by a series of ideologically driven changes that have conspired to ­reduce standards and ­impose a politically correct, mediocre view of education on our … Read more

Barry Walmsley

Murwillumbah’s music man

CONDUCTING, adjudicating, playing, writing and composing…Barry Walmsley has almost done it all in the world of music.

So as adjudicator at the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts, currently underway at the local civic centre, he is the ideal man to be giving advice to young musicians.

Elements: Simon Gleeson

SG24601 This debut album from musical theatre star, Simon Gleeson, will not leave anyone disappointed. Currently starring as Jean Valjean in the acclaimed new production of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables, Gleeson shows that he is a world-class singer and actor. On this recording, he has assembled songs that are a personal testament, reflecting elements of … Read more