So, I’ve just realised that I haven’t written a post since July 8 – which even for me must be a record of sorts. Well, I did go on vacation for three weeks, and did have to move to escape from an insane landlord here in NY, but otherwise I’m not sure what my excuse is?
Oh yeah, I remember now, I’ve been planning a couple of great new projects (actually I’m starting to sound like a character in Andy McDermott’s ‘Nina Wilde’ action novels – which are just just by and by, a great read, not to mention a respite from reading more serious tomes on different aspects of music and theatre). I digress.
Let’s start with something very close to my heart. Yes, the logo on the upper left. In a very few weeks time will see the launch of the new Australian Discovery Orchestra. What no URL link Kevin? Apparently the web site is still under development by the management team, so can’t go there right now. But I can tell you (cue fanfare Mr. Stokowski please!) that I have been appointed Principal Conductor.
The ADO will give two concerts a year (actually three in 2016, but more on that later). So how did this all come about? Well a few folk who had some involvement with a previous orchestra project that I had put together in Australia, asked me whether I’d be prepared to help them put together a bigger and better version of the previous enterprise. Who can say ‘no’ to such a request! And the reason is this: I fervently believed in and nurtured the previous orchestra for several years and it (and by this I mean the orchestral musicians who performed with the orchestra) achieved tremendous results – notably in a very short space of time. But most importantly, those orchestral players suddenly had opportunities to perform that otherwise previously did not exist. And that’s why it is so important to me. Keep and eye out, as I will write more about this when the ADO web site goes live. It’s going to be great! Continue Reading →