I’m looking very much forward to my next concert, which is once again with the Queensland University Misic Society (QUMS) choir, and the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s. Last year I had the pleasure of conducting both for their performance of Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, and this year the choir will be accompanied by the orchestra for a performance of Cherubini’s Requiem No.1 in C minor, celebrating 200 year’s since the work’s first performance. I’ll also be giving a pre-concert talk about the Requiem, which has an interesting story behind it. We’d love to see you at St Andrew’s Uniting on the evening of Saturday, the 21st of October. In the meantime, please enjoy this excerpt from last year’s QUMS/Sinfonia performance of the Harmoniemesse. All the best.
October 7th, 2017Comments Off on The Marksman & the Requiem: less than two weeks to go, Uncategorized, by adrianhead72.
September 29th, 2017Comments Off on St Michael & the holy light, Uncategorized, by adrianhead72.
The Cherubini C minor Requiem is full of colourful word painting, and this is part of a lovely passage in the Offertorium depicting St Michael leading all to the holy light. Just wonderful stuff to enjoy on the 21st of October. #cherubini #requiem #qums #sinfoniaofstandrews #adrianhead #orchestra #conductor #conducting A post shared by Adrian Head Conductor (@adrianhead72) on Sep 28, 2017 at 6:36pm PDT
Just to give you a rough idea of my conducting workload for this year: six hours of music (& some more scores to come for a concert later this year), plus a further three hours for next year. Busy times. #conductor #conducting #Mahler #Mussorgsky #Wagner #RichardStrauss #JohannStrauss #notlevistrauss #Beethoven #Mozart #Janacek #Dvorak #Haydn #Graziani #Mendelssohn #Bonshek #Merton #adrianhead #orchestra #michaeljackson #regurgitator #Brioschi #Cherubini #Carlmariavonweber #Hanmer #Debussy #Janacakphilharmonic #Sinfoniaofstandrews #adyensemble A post shared by Adrian Head Conductor (@adrianhead72) on Sep 25, 2017 at 6:32pm PDT
September 23rd, 2017Comments Off on Ady Ensemble 2018, Uncategorized, by adrianhead72.
Something the Ady Ensemble is up to next year. More to come. www.ady.net.au www.adrianhead.com #conductor #conducting #adyensemble #adrianhead #Brahms2018 #orchestra #brahms #johannesbrahms A post shared by Adrian Head Conductor (@adrianhead72) on Sep 22, 2017 at 11:20pm PDT
September 19th, 2017Comments Off on First rehearsal with the BCPO , Uncategorized, by adrianhead72.
My thanks to the Brisbane City Pops Orchestra for welcoming me so warmly at my first rehearsal with them last night. Looking forward to seeing this program grow over the next couple of months. #conductor #conducting #BCPO #Brisbanecitypopsorchestra #adrianhead #orchestra #strauss #emperorwaltz A post shared by Adrian Head Conductor (@adrianhead72) on Sep 18, 2017 at 11:03pm PDT
September 14th, 2017Comments Off on , Uncategorized, by adrianhead72.
The unique, handwritten, scores of Ronald Hanmer. I've been conducting Ron's arrangements on and off over the last thirteen years, and next week I'll be again conducting several of them in preparation of the Brisbane City Pops Orchestra's performances in November. His commercial orchestra arrangements will bring light relief to my preparations for Cherubini's Requiem and Weber's Der Freischutz in late October. It's going to be a busy couple of months. www.adrianhead.com #conductor #conducting #RonaldHanmer #orchestra #commercialorchestra #adrianhead #BrisbaneCityPopsOrchestra #BCPO #pointlesshashtagbutthanksforlooking A post shared by Adrian Head Conductor (@adrianhead72) on Sep 14, 2017 at 3:00am PDT
September 11th, 2017Comments Off on , Uncategorized, by adrianhead72.
Getting for the following concerts: "Showtime", with the Brisbane City Pops Orchestra. #conducting #conductor #BrisbaneCityPopsOrchestra #BCPO #adrianhead #pointlesshashtagbutthanksforlooking A post shared by Adrian Head Conductor (@adrianhead72) on Sep 11, 2017 at 4:27am PDT
August 2nd, 2017Comments Off on Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture: Adrian Head & the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s, Uncategorized, by adrianhead72.
Despite it now being less than two months since the concert, “British Sojourns” seems like a warm but distant memory. Here’s a little something from that performance: yours truly conducting the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s with Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. It was a pleasure working with the orchestra for this performance, and in time I’ll share some other footage from this concert. There’s only a month now until my next conducting commitment, and the next four months will see me conducting five performances. However, my next performance with the Sinfonia will be in October, when they join forces with the Queensland University Music Society for a performance of Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor. This performance will mark 200 years since the work’s first performance, which was to commemorate the anniversary of the beheading of King Louis XVI of France. More about this marvelous and influential work later. In the meantime, enjoy the Mendelssohn.
March 13th, 2017Comments Off on Time in Czech going well, Uncategorized, by adrianhead72.
It’s been a pleasant first week here in Ostrava, on the Moravia/Silesia border in the Czech Republic; home of the Janacek Philharmonic, who are current hosts of the International Orchestral Conducting Masterclass, with renowned pedagogue Jorma Panula, from Finland. After a week of rehearsals, we had our first of two performances last night, consisting of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, the prelude to Mussorgsky’s Kovanshchina, Beethoven’s Leonore III, and Wagner’s Siegfried’s Rhine Journey. All conductors and the orchestra performed well. Next week’s rehearsals start tomorrow, with the repertoire consisting of Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen Suite, and Mahler’s First Symphony. These rehearsals will culminate in our second concert on the Friday night.
April 25th, 2015Comments Off on 100 years of the ANZACS, Blog, News, Uncategorized, by adrianhead72.
[This was something that I wrote and posted on Facebook on ANZAC Day in 2013. I’ve updated it to bring it in line with this year’s ANZAC Day, which is exactly 100 years since those sad events occurred. In instances where I’ve alluded to more current events in 2013 I’ve found it unnecessarry for anything to be updated, despite the fact that the events alluded to have changed. That in itself has provoked feelings both ironic and tragic.] After running in the light of a full moon recently, I was reminded that the Earth was hit by a large planetesimal approximately four and a half billion years ago. The debris thrown off from this impact formed the large, lifeless satellite that has orbited the Earth ever since, and controls against what would be the Sun’s catastrophic tidal affect on Earth’s oceans. The planetesimal also provided additional iron to the Earth’s core, resulting in a magnetic field that moderates Earth’s surface temperatures. It also has allowed the Earth’s axis to remain steady enough to have allowed organic material, most of it deposits from the Kuiper Belt’s asteroids, to have the right sort of conditions to produce a multitude of life upon the Earth. The fragility of this complex setup is demonstrated by the fact that, so far, a similar incubation system within the Solar System, let alone this galaxy or the rest of the universe, has not been found. It would appear to be a rare (and a perhaps unique) anomaly. Just over one hundred years…