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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 […]

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 […]

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. #adyensemble […]

I’m starting to get a bit excited now, as we get closer to the #AdyEnsemble Brahms Recording Project 2021. Looking forward to catching up with its regular & new members. This is going to be fun #conductor #conducting #orchestra #brahms #symphony

Ten years of the Ady Ensemble

Ten years ago today, the Ady Ensemble had its first performance (although it didn’t know it at the time), having started its very first rehearsals at the end of 2010. I can’t lie: it has been a very long journey, but also a very rewarding one that has involved a veritable roll call of who’s […]

Nine years ago today, the Ady Ensemble gave its first all strings program as part of the @4MBS Festival of Classics, consisting of a program that included two new works, the Australian premiere of the 3rd Symphony of @phillipglass , and a new arrangement for strings of Debussy’s Clair de Lune #adyensemble #conductor #conducting #strings […]

More marking up parts today, with a side of people watching. All up an entertaining afternoon.Coffee as well of course.#conductor #conducting #orchestra #symphony #Brahms

Spirit Orphan excerpt 24th of April

Over sixteen hours of work, four hours today of marking up and adding updates, of score prep that’s been going on during my gradually shrinking spare hours this week.…now I’ve just got to learn the thing! Next Saturday, the opening scene of Spirit Orphan will have its first performance, as part of the Brisbane Music […]

The next couple of weeks are going to be busy. The score arrived in my inbox at 3am yesterday morning (courtesy of a very busy Corrina Bonshek), for Jenna Robertson‘s Spirit Orphan project, which will see the first performance of the first scene of the opera on the 24th of April, as part of the […]