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!
Other than that I have been preparing two major presentations to give at two different events. You can check these out at my LinkedIn page under ‘Posts’ The first is a very major presentation for the Fall Conference of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) in New York taking place at the TKP New York Conference Center, 109 West 39th Street, New York between October 17-18. In this presentation, I will be giving a detailed overview of new transmedia opportunities for musical theatre projects in the digital space to some very serious theatre producing heavy-hitters. The really exciting things about this presentation, is that I am going to demo a real-life project to show the potential of what is really possible when we think about additioanl distribution channels for musical theatre projects outside of the live experience.
The second presentation will be a joint one at the 2016 national conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) in Salt Lake City in January. In this presentation, I am going to examine the extent to which Broadway and West End productions do a disservice to themselves by not employing highly-skilled orchestral or opera conductors to oversee the musical quality control of their performances. This is a very contentious area, but some dialogue and debate around this practice is much overdue.
There are several other very exciting projects on the slate for 2016 and I’ll be announcing them in due course.
More soon – and good to be back.