Author Archive | Janine Hanrahan

2020 Season Announcement

Janine HanrahanJust a quick note to season subscribers that the 2020 concert season announcement will be announced on this website on

Monday, 3rd. February, 2020.

You might have noticed too, that we have given the ADO website a bit of a late-Spring clean and freshen-up. We hope that this makes looking around the webite more enjoyable and easier to navigate around, whether viewing it on your mobile or desktop computer.

Our 2020 concert season will be one of the most exciting seasons so far. It will also coincide with the release of the ADO’s first commercial recording – 16 STORIES – an album of new American musical theatre songs – and a record of which we are incredibly proud. Kevin Purcell, Mark Buys and mix-mastering engineer, Brian Cachia, are currently editing the final vocal session recordings prior to the release of the album on Broadway Records™ in the first half of 2020.

Before we get started on our exciting 2020 season, you can still view some of our past concerts as Pay-Per-View (see under ‘Concert Tickets’) including the marvellous 2016 performance [abridged] of Puccini’s incendiary operatic masterpiece, TOSCA, starring Lee Abrahmsen, for free!

The Pay-Per-View of our inaugural Sir Arnold Bax Music Festival held in late August-early September this year is coming shortly too.

More news over the Summer.

Janine Hanrahan
Managing Director

16 Stories News and Updates



Macedonia has entered the competition! Welcome.

MONDAY 11 March

Ah technical issues!  Don’t you love them.  So it has been only recently discovered that our normally totally robust website has been not publishing our updates about the #16 STORIES competition.  Apparently there was a conflict with a map plugin we were using. Argh!

Not to worry.

Here is the latest update on the competition (and yes, we have a new map plugin!)

As you can see we have dozens of entries from Australia (it may surprise some overseas folk, but musical theatre is huge in this country); some from New Zealand (we’re very pleased about that!), a vast number from the USA (well, that hardly startled anyone) and a number from the UK (definitely could be more however!)

We’ve also been told that many of you are just using GarageBand and using the microphone on you laptops etc. to record vocals for your demos.  Works for us!

We are quite amazed that given the very generous support and coverage for #16 STORIES received from BroadwayWorld that we have yet to receive many entries from Europe, Asia and South America.  But there is still time!

But here is the big news that many of you have been imploring us to make happen because you need more time to prepare your demos…


The new closing date is


So, avoid shill-shallying, pussy-footing around, vacillating, beating around the bush (OK that’s all the verbs we know!) and get your entries in.  Do it today, you’ll love it!

* Important Information
  1. Entries will be able to be paid and material downloaded from Digital Pigeon until Midnight of 31 March Australian Easter Summer Time
  2. Notification of winners for each song will now be made no later than 28 April 2019.

Changing The Orchestral Experience

Janine HanrahanAs we move ever closer to our opening event in this our second full season of the ADO, I have been reflecting on what it is that makes the ADO a unique orchestral experience – certainly in Australia and, quite possibly, the world.

There is no question that orchestra organizations in Europe, the U.K., have noticed what we are doing and have responded enthusiastically to our activities and future plans.  I’ll have more to say about this sometime in the next month.

On the banner of our ADO Briefing ® newsletter which we curate weekly, the subtitle is The Australian Discovery Orchestra – When We Play, The World Listens.  This is both a fact: when the orchestra performs our online audience is listening from all around the world, but it is also a statement of aspiration and long-term intent.

If indeed we can continue to broaden our online audience capture then we, as an innovation-led orchestra organization, are successfully demonstrating the remarkable talents of the musicians on our roster and, simultaneously, showing to the world what fantastic Australian music sounds like! Continue Reading →

The 2017 Season Announced

Janine HanrahanHappy New Year to everyone – or “Auguri” as they say in Venice from where I am writing this post.

Today I have announced the preliminary concert schedule for the ADO’s 2017 season.  More details, including dates and venues to be announced shortly.  If you haven’t already seen it, tap here.

For the Season opening concert, we’re absolutely delighted to present Lisa Cheney’s evocative The Pool and the Star in a new version for symphony orchestra which the ADO will premiere.  The Pool and the Star, originally conceived for chamber orchestra, was first performed as part of the MSO’s Cybec program (under the direction of Brenton Broadstock) at the 2014 Metropolis New Music Festival.

The second work on the concert is the Sibelian-inspired second Symphony No. 2 ‘Romantic’ op. 30 by 20th-Century American composer, Howard Hanson (1896-1981).  Probably the best know of his seven symphonies, the work was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s music director Serge Koussevitsky in 1930 as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.

This symphony became the subject of some notoriety when one of its most haunting themes was used in the closing credits of the original Alien film without the composer’s consent – much to his displeasure.  It’s a marvelous work of great beauty and not performed nearly enough.

The second concert in our season is a 50-minute thrill ride through the  ultimate music of  ‘love, murder and betrayal’ captured in Giacomo Puccini’s operatic masterpiece, TOSCA.  Whereas we’d love to play all of the opera our concerts as you know are only 50 minutes long, so we’ve selected equally the most sensuous and gripping moments to perform for you.  But don’t worry, we’re also developing a new 3D immersive game environment around Tosca’s Rome – where the opera is set – for you to explore the complete story in your own time.  Our principal conductor, Kevin Purcell, is currently in Rome preparing the media assets for this exciting new audience engagement platform.

The 2017 season kicks off  on May 7 with a special version of the ADO performing as part of Independent Schools Victoria’s Arts Learning Festival (May 3- 7).  More information about this to be posted shortly.

Lastly, just to note, we are having major issues with our Facebook page and not able to access it properly.  Basically we can’t write any posts onto our timeline right now.  We don’t know how long this will take to resolve with the ever-charming and helpful folk at Facebook!

Enjoy the remainder of the Summer,