All Pfizered up now with vaccination no. 2. Good to get this out of the way. Now back to work on the projects. #conductor #conducting #orchestra #adrianhead #pfizer #covid

5:30am this morning. After a good first rehearsal with the Brisbane City Pops last night, it was back to work on two projects that I’m currently putting together. #conductor #conducting #orchestra #adrianhead

Back with the BCPO

Two years have passed since I last had the privilege & pleasure of conducting the Brisbane City Pops Orchestra. Covid has got in our way, but I’m now finally back for what should a great season of music making, which will include working with Soprano Leslie Martin-Nightingale, the Maleny Singers, & my old comrade in arms/bad jokes, Martin Daubney #goldandsilver #conductor #conducting #orchestra #popsorchestra #adrianhead #brisbanecitypopsorchestra

My thanks to @deepblueorchestra for inviting me to come and assist them in their preparations last evening, for their performances next week of Corrina Bonshek’s, “Song to the Ocean”, at the Hervey Bay Whale Festival. All the best with the performances, and thank you for supporting Australian New Music (esp. women composers) @bon_music #conductor #conducting #orchestra #strings #australiannewmusic #corrinabonshek #deepblueorchestra #adrianhead #herverybaywhalefestival #womenconposers #australianwomencomposers

Heading out to tonight’s rehearsal with Deep Blue Orchestra, in preparation of their performances of Corrina Bonshek’s Song to the Ocean, at the Hervey Bay Whale Festival next week. #conductor #conducting #orchestra #strings #songtotheocean @bon_music #deepblueorchestra #adrianhead

Song to the Ocean

A quick shot (thanks to @bon_music for the pic) prior to directing Sunday’s @deepblueorchestra rehearsal for Corrina Bonshek’s “Song to the Ocean”, which is being performed next week, as part of the Hervey Bay Whale Festival. More rehearsing later this week. #deepblueorchestra #conductor #conducting #orchestra #songtotheocean #herveybaywhalefestival2021 #corrinabonshek #adrianhead

How to spend a Friday night: preparing scores for @deepblueorchestra and their rehearsal on Sunday, followed by meeting @bon_music to assist in preparing their score for a workshop later this year. Nothing, but nothing, will get between me and my freckle! #conductor #conducting #orchestra #newaustralianmusic #orchestra #deepblueorchestra #corrinabonshek #adrianhead

The Shostakovich String Quartets

What follows is a series of Facebook posts, mostly self-explanatory, where I returned to listen to the complete cycle of Shostakovich’s string quartets. Revisited over the course of one week in July of 2020, when Covid restrictions had only just been slightly eased, this journey (originally done on and off over a nineteen year time span) was to some extent a poultice to a wound, having not been able to undertake any conducting for some time, let alone any other performing activity (although I did find some outlets, particularly online).

Sadly, due to the higher restrictions that came into effect today, after the Ady Ensemble’s first session of working on the Brahms 2nd Symphony, we’ve had to postpone the remainder of the project until a later date. However, four years ago on this day Ady had a rehearsal for one of its concerts at the Queensland Con, & it achieved one of those rare things in project rehearsals: full attendance! #adyensemble #conductor #conducting #adrianhead #orchestra #brahms

A quick coffee before finally heading home. It’s been a very long day, but rewarding to see the Ady Ensemble have its first rehearsal since December 2019. Here’s to the rest of the project coming up this week, & thank you, friends, for being a part of this project, recording Brahms’ 2nd Symphony. www.adrianhead.com #adyensemble #conductor #conducting #orchestra #adrianhead #brahms