Writing about music...
In early 2013, I went along to the Australian Youth Orchestra's National Music Camp, where I took part in the 'Words About Music' program. This little course caters to those with an interest in communicating about classical music: reviewing, broadcasting, program note writing, etc. I went along not knowing exactly what I wanted to do with writing; I went because I wanted to exercise my grey cells beyond composing, and because I felt I had something worthwhile to say.
Whether that was true or not, I'll never know, but from this small start I was lucky enough to be granted a fellowship, which gave me the opportunity to work with various arts organisations in Sydney, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Limelight Magazine and on ABC Radio National's 'The Music Show'.
This 10-week baptism into a different side of Australia's classical music scene was as intense as it was varied, and from it I now have a blossoming side-career as a freelance writer, presenter and reviewer. You'll find some links below to various pickings, but otherwise you can find my reviews and an occasional feature in Limelight Magazine.
Talking about Music:
Very occasionally I get the opportunity to talk publicly about music. Most often this as a pre-concert presenter – the nerd who tries to give you some insight into what you're about to hear at a concert. I've had the good fortune now of speaking before Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra concerts. It's becoming a bit of a fixture in my calendar, so I'll endeavour to keep you informed when I'm next scheduled to speak.
Pre-Concert Talks for the Australian Chamber Orchestra
Grieg and Beyond
September 10, 11 2017
Hamer Hall Foyer
I chatted to Musica Viva a little while ago about why I love classical chamber music, for their Chamber Music and Me web-series. You can check out the video below: