Congratulations are in order again for my BMus Honours student at the Queensland Conservatorium, Brijette Tubb, who has been offered a reserve place with the Australian Youth Orchestra and National Music Camp. Let’s hope a position comes up for her soon. Another student, Paula Wong has passed an audition for the Army Reserve Band in Brisbane, and now has to complete a series of other entrance tests, so good luck Paula! A big congratulations also to Zoe Wright, one of my students from the Gold Coast, who has recently been awarded her Associate in Music Australia diploma (AMusA) at age 16. A fantastic achievement Zoe!
This week I played for the first time at Government House in Paddington, Brisbane, with the wonderful piano accompanist Kathy Sander. Government House itself is absolutely gorgeous, and all of the staff there were exceptionally kind and courteous. Kathy and I played a lot of standard repertoire for flute and piano, including music by Bach, Mozart and Schumann. It was an honour to meet the Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Dr Penelope Wensley AO, who came and introduced herself before the guests arrived, and was very appreciative of our playing. It was an absolutely delightful evening, and one in which I felt very valued as a musician.
Next month I’ll be recording the new flute work by renowned Australian jazz pianist and composer, Kerin Bailey. The piece is entitled Five Dances for Flute and Piano, and the CD launch is planned for Monday, 17 January, 2011 in Brisbane.
After the CD launch in November, I will be the Artistic Director and Presenter at the Logan Summer Music Workshops. The full programme is online at www.logansummermusicworkshops.com
Am thrilled to have been invited to adjudicate the Gold Coast Eisteddfod in August, 2011! It’s a very well run event, with lots of extremely talented young performers. I really enjoyed adjudicating there a few years ago, and can still remember fighting back tears as I listened to a very powerful duo performance of the hymn Jerusalem, performed by two 9-year old trumpet players. Wonder how those two children are going now? Some young musicians I’ve adjudicated in the past have gone onto great things, including studying their instruments overseas, and playing in the state and national youth orchestras. It’s a joy to hear them perform as child musicians and even better to see their continued development over the years.
Speaking of state youth orchestras, several of my students are waiting anxiously for their Queensland Youth Orchestra audition results, so there will be some more news very soon no doubt!