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Two Weeks Until ISV Festival

Briony_BuysBeing part of a Festival is always an enormous commitment by everyone involved.  The organizational logistics are enormous, complex and time consuming.  The upcoming Independent Schools Victoria, Arts Learning Festival kicks off in just under two weeks.

Our maestro too, is flying in from New York especially for the ADO’s special collaboration with the Festival to conduct two Australian premieres of two American symphonic works composed for younger audiences.

The first piece, Miranda’s Waltz, by Susan Kander is for narrator and orchestra.  The piece is about a small girl – aptly named ‘Miranda’ – who learns to navigate the big, wide world through the assistance of an even smaller mouse over three days visiting her local park.  Miranda starts out not very confident in dealing with the grown-up world but, by the end, with the help of mouse and her friends, has been shown not to be afraid and whilst little, she is so very capable!

Inside the park Miranda meets an assortment of characters including a kind and gentle old man (who feeds mouse his cheese whilst reading to him!) ducks, a tenacious cat, a noisy dog, and myriad grown-ups who enjoy the park with their young children.  There is also an amazing kite-flying sequence not to be missed!  It is delightful in every way.


The last work on the concert is the remarkable Imaginary Symphony No. 1 by fellow New York composer, Anthony Piccolo.  As well as a very fine composer, Tony is also Director of Children’s Chorus at The Metropolitan Opera, a job that is infinitely demanding in one of the world’s great Opera houses.  His work is scored for large children’s chorus and orchestra.  The symphony is in three movements with chorus text drawn from a variety of well-known and unknown poetry.  I think my favorite text is from the second movement Scherzo (‘Explore’) warning the unwary: Continue Reading →

Only 5 Days To Auditions Closing

Kevin_PurcellHi Everyone,

I thought I would ask to have this little ‘encouragement’ blog posted to let you know how excited I am to be told that we have had such a great response from musicians wanting to play with the ADO.  But you do have to get your auditions in by Friday this coming week.  Yes – this coming Friday, the 29th January!  Where has the time gone?

So, please, don’t prevaricate.  Get that instrument out of the case, stick your iPhone or iPad on your music stand (yes, I am an unabashed Apple person) and video record your excerpts.  If you’re unsure how to upload your videos to YouTube or Vimeo (as you prefer) please send Janine or Briony an email and get them to give you some help.  But before that, check out the Video Upload Help page first on this site under the Musicians tab.

I’m in Los Angeles as Im writing this (actually I’m stuck here because of the storms on the East Coast) working on the music prep. for a new CD of the classical music of Grammy Award-winning and 7 time Emmy nominated composer, Nan Schwartz,  which I’m recording this coming June in Vienna.  Also, I’m putting the finishing touches on the procedural and legal compliance requirements for an exciting new CD project for the ADO (yep, you guys!) the sessions for which will take place this coming November with the CD to be distributed by a major U.S. record company. We’re not ready to release the full details yet, but I can tell you that it involves the involvement and cooperation of ASCAP.  For those of you who worked with me before, you might get an inkling of what this might be about.

But before all that we do our first concert together in May.  The program has been finalised as Copland’s The Tender Land: Suite and Brenton Broadstock’s revised Concerto for Orchestra: Made in Heaven based on the famous Jazz album by Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (1959).  I’m also recording this piece later in July as well – but that’s for another blog in the future.  If you don’t know The Tender Land, check it out on Naxos (or wherever you listen to your music) as it really is one of those unknown gems that makes you wonder why you never hear this piece done live.

So, see you all sooner than later.  AND DO YOUR AUDITIONS!

Best wishes,


An Incredible Response In Two Weeks

Well, to suggest that we are excited about the initial response to our initial call for Expressions-of-Interest to perform wit the ADO would be an understatement.  We’re blown away and pleased with the comments and feedback received from musicians excited at the prospect of joining us in our 2016 inaugural season of concert events.Briony_Buys

Whereas we can’t guess where applications are going to come from in Australia, we can tell you that in the first two weeks of putting the call out, we have received EoIs from every state other than the Northern Territory – but we fully expect that to change.  Incredibly – and we didn’t expect this in all honesty – we are also receiving them from Australian orchestral musicians currently living in Europe.  We think that’s impressive!

To more practical matters:  we’re going to add a few more FAQ answers to the the ADO FAQ page in the next day or so about per-call fees for ADO musicians, as well as some more information about the actual online audition procedure to be found at  As the first Australian orchestra to use this incredible new vacancy platform, we have had the pleasure of working with the guys at to customise the audition process especially for the Australian Discovery Orchestra. The process is easy to complete and entirely secure.

Our first Newsletter will be released shortly as well, so sign up on the ADO front page to receive your copy. And you don’t need to be concerned, we will never disclose your E-mail address to anyone else. The newsletter includes information about orchestra initiatives around the world focused on re-examining the benefits of foregrounding the classical music experience into our everyday lives, as well as a link to a piece by our Artistic Director on the importance of re-shaping the orchestral music experience for audiences in the 21st-Century and why this brings so many exciting challenges.