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September 19th, 2017

First rehearsal with the BCPO 

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View this post on Instagram 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, 2017

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View this post on Instagram 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, 2017

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View this post on Instagram 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, 2017

Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture: Adrian Head & the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s

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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, 2017

Time in Czech going well

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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, 2015

100 years of the ANZACS

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[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…