It’s been a busy time here, with a lot of upheaval over the last couple of weeks. One constant has been my score prep, as I continue to progress towards the next Ady Ensemble project in a couple of month’s time.

Well I didn’t think that I’d be back so quickly, but I’ll be taking tonight’s Brisbane City Pops Orchestra rehearsal tonight as well. Lots of score prep to be done. Nothing like a bit of adrenaline to keep it real.
…and coffee.

Dreams of the Earth nominated!

I’m currently in quarantine since a couple of days ago, when I came down with Covid. However, todays news that Corrina Bonshek’s, “Song to the Earth”, that myself and the Ady Ensemble recorded, and which was released just over a year ago, has been nominated for an award at this year’s Queensland Music Awards. This is very exciting news, and just what I needed to hear today. It’s also been exciting to see two other artists whom I have worked with nominated. Congratulations all of you!

The mastering still continues. Hopefully we should have the recordings from last month’s session of Brahms’ 2nd Symphony completed soon. Thanks again to all of the members of the Ady Ensemble, who played so well on the day #conductor #conducting #orchestra #symphony #Brahms #brahms2ndsymphony #adrianhead #adyensemble

Well it’s been an amazing day. The Ady Ensemble members (Adyophiles) gave their all today for the final day of our Brahms Recording Project, which we’ve been rehearsing over this last week for today’s recording session. The day went without a hitch, and I was both humbled by the dedication and enthusiasm of the players and, like many of them, I felt transformed by playing this wonderful music: Brahms 2nd Symphony. After ten long months, at times grueling, of planning and preparing this project, when I finally put my arms down for the last time it was hard to believe that it had come to an end, and that we had achieved what we had set out to do. To my friends, those who were a part of today, both playing and assisting, I cannot thank you enough for the faith that you put in me, for which you repaid in your playing tenfold. Thank you, and see you soon 🌺

It’s 6am on a Sunday and I’m on my way. It’s only taken ten months of organising and re-scheduling to get us to this day. I’m going to be a happy wreck by the end of it ❤️

It’s been a special but busy week, full of events & anniversaries. After our initial tutti rehearsal on Sunday for the Ady Ensemble’s Brahms Recording Project, we’ve continued this week with some sectional rehearsals, which will be followed by our recording session over next weekend. Wednesday also involved a sad memory for myself & the Ipswich City Symphony, which you will see why from the second picture, and yesterday marked three years since Ady’s last recording venture, recording two new works by Australian women composers 4MBS Classic FM. One of the recordings from that day, Corrina Bonshek’s “Dreams of the Earth”, was commercially released back in February of this year – something that none of us involved had expected to happen. Ten years ago today I attended my Masters graduation ceremony Queensland Conservatorium, which had given me the inspiration & confidence to form & perpetuate the Ady Ensemble. By a strange coincidence, six years ago today also involved a conversation with Corrina, which thanks to her would see me take a path where I would conduct overseas – something that I would only have dreamt of otherwise. But the week is not over yet, and the Ady Ensemble will finish its current project over this upcoming weekend, & the ensemble looks forward to sharing the finished product with you.

#conducting #orchestra #symphony #adyensemble #adrianhead #corrinabonshek #brahms #elaineseeto #4mbsclassicfm #qldcon