It’s all about music and words, really. Much to the detriment of my cooking.
Born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, I found early on that artistic expression was for me. It wasn’t just that my pre-school portrait of Santa Claus was considered to be exquisite; in primary school I discovered the magic of literature, music and dance, and have been in awe of them ever since.
My high school years were spent at the specialist music school Coorparoo Secondary College - which, with its early morning concert band rehearsals, and afternoon choir practice, suited me to a tee. But it was in classroom music that I developed a taste for Debussy, Stravinsky and music analysis. As it turns out, those early teachings have stood me in good stead and I have since written about classical music for 4MBS Classic FM, 3MBS Classic FM, Limelight Magazine and The Australian.
After completing a Bachelor of Digital Media Production at Griffith University, one of my final year projects - a concept for a large-scale arts/science documentary - was a finalist in the ABC Arts/Science pitching competition at the Australian International Documentary Conference. I’m excited to announce it is currently in production with WildFury! (Details to come late 2012/early 2012).
In the meantime I have been working at classical music radio station 4MBS Classic FM in roles ranging from Editor of the station’s monthly magazine, to Production and Marketing Coordinator. Being at 4MBS has given me the opportunity to interview some of the country’s top classical musicians - Emma Matthews, Rosario LaSpina, Slava Grigoryan, Mirusia - plus international musicians Will Martin, Edin Karamazov (Sting’s lute player) and Ryan Kelly (Celtic Thunder). I have also produced and co-hosted two radio series on 4MBS – Reel Music and Net Classics.
But the most exciting project to date began in 2004 when 4MBS General Manager Gary Thorpe told me about his then 25-year-long dream to stage the world’s biggest, most difficult symphony, Havergal Brian’s The Gothic, in Brisbane. I pitched the idea to documentary producer Veronica Fury, and the result has been the award-winning feature length documentary The Curse of the Gothic Symphony. Having also sung in the 2010 performance on which the documentary was based, I concur the Gothic is no easy task!
These days, I sing and play clarinet with the Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble Rose Water, with whom I’ve performed at the Queensland Multicultural Festival, the Brisbane Powerhouse ‘Planet’ Series and live on air for radio stations 4ZZZ and 4EB.
I’ve also been working away writing and recording some quirky pop songs...to be revealed late 2012.
Did I also mention I love playing the Irish tin whistle? Might keep that one to myself.