Our People


Janine HanrahanJanine Hanrahan

Managing Director

Janine is one of Australia’s most experienced teachers of the Flute, working at Scotch College and Trinity Grammar School in Melbourne. She has performed extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand with ensembles including: the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Stonnington Symphony Orchestra, The Geminiani Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Zauberflöte. In 2003, she made her recording debut with the Melbourne Symphony recording The Witchlight (for Flute and String Orchestra). In 2009, she performed the Nielsen Flute Concerto in Europe with the Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic and in 2012 performed the Arnold  Concerto No. 1 for Flute and Strings with Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in Melbourne.

In her management capacity overseeing the success of this new orchestral venture, Janine brings her long-held commitment to the creation of greater opportunities for orchestral musicians across the country.

Briony_BuysBriony Buys

Artistic Administrator

Briony has been working in orchestral management for the past 15 years, previously having held positions with orchestras, ensembles and performing arts organisations in Melbourne, Tasmania and Los Angeles.

Immediately after Graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in Composition in 2002, Briony undertook the role of General Manager’s Assistant for the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for 2 years. During this time she also ran chamber music concerts and was orchestra contractor for the Australian feature film, The Line.

Upon graduating with a Masters in Arts Administration from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) in 2006, Briony relocated to Los Angeles where she worked for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Sundays Live – Chamber Music Series), the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra and was Music Director for 18 months at the La Señora Research Institute.

More recently Briony was Assistant Festivals Manager for two international festivals: the Festival of Broadway and the Australian Shakespeare Festival. In 2012, Briony took up her current role as Faculty and Artist Coordinator at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) located in Melbourne.


Artistic Personnel

Kevin_PurcellKevin Purcell

Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor

Since being offered a scholarship to study instrumental conducting at the Moscow Conservatory of Music with Gennady Rozdhestvensky and Leonid Nikolaev in 1991-2, immediately followed by receiving Opera Australia’s Willem van Otterloo Scholarship to study Opera conducting with Glyndebourne Opera music director, Myer Fredman, in 1993, Kevin has pursued a career that has taken him all around the world. Kevin first came to prominence in 1994 winning the Sir Charles Mackerras Conductor’s Prize in London, going on to assist the late maestro at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, BBC Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment over several years. In 1995, Kevin was further honored with The Tait Memorial Trust Conductor Award with funding for two-years of study at the Janáčkova akademie múzických umění v Brně (JAMU) in the Czech Republic to study the operas of Janáček, Smetana and Dvořák with the foremost Czech pedagogue, Otakar Trhlík.  He is mentored by the famed American conducting pedagogue, Harold Farberman, with whom he retains a close association.

Kevin has conducted numerous orchestras, operas and musical theatre all over the world for over thirty years.  As a musical director, Kevin has most recently worked in London conducting Wicked at the London Apollo Theatre and was the originating musical director for the first UK/Eire National Tour (2013-14). He has had a long association with the Really Useful Group and Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. having worked on a number of musicals in London’s West End, including two years as musical director for CATS (1996-7) in the original New London Theatre production, and for the premiere production in South Korea (2003).

Kevin’s current recording projects include new CDs of the music of American Grammy Award-winning composer, Nan Schwartz, being recorded in Vienna in July 2016, immediately followed by recording sessions for a new CD of recent works of eminent Australian composer, Brenton Broadstock, in Bratislava.

As a composer of musical theatre, Kevin is currently collaborating with Australian author, Kate Forsyth, and long-time fiend and screenwriter, Victor Kazan, on a new musical, Castle Gillian, based on the novel of Irish author, Maurice Walsh. Walsh is perhaps best known for John Ford’s iconic film adaptation of his short-story, The Quiet Man.  Kevin and Victor’s previous musical, The Mapmaker’s Opera, was a juried selection for the 2014 New York Music Theatre Festival.

In addition to his music and theatre career, Kevin is a world leading authority in Transmedia Storytelling specific to the Performing Arts.  In the remainder of his time, he remains a passionate supporter of AFL Football and his beloved Melbourne Football team.

Di_SimpsonDiana Simpson

Head of Chorus

After completing an undergraduate music education degree in Melbourne, Diana moved to Budapest, Hungary, in 1989-1990 to further her understanding of the teaching of Zoltán Kodály at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music observing Katalin Forrai and pedagogy expert Ildiko Herboly-Koscar. Upon her return to Melbourne, whilst teaching music and singing at schools, she studied at the Victorian College of the Arts Opera Studio. Since 1995, Diana has sung with Opera Australia and the Victorian Opera since its inception in 2006.

Diana currently works at Loreto, Mandeville Hall, Toorak and Wesley College in Melbourne. Her singing students have been accepted into the Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE) and child-roles with Victorian Opera.

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