Introducing the patron of the Conservatorium High School Mrs Linda Hurley

Linda HurleyThe Conservatorium High School is privileged to be granted Patronage of Mrs Linda Hurley, wife of HE General The Honourable David Hurley, Governor of New South Wales.  Mrs Hurley has a longstanding interest in music and in the arts generally. Her great passion is singing. The Conservatorium High shares Mrs Hurley’s aspiration to see Australia become a nation that sings. In collaboration with Gondwana Choirs (the Junior Vocal Stream) and through our commitment to Kodály pedagogy the school lends active support to the realisation of Mrs Hurley’s noble goal.

The First Disklavier CFX Concert Grand Piano in Australia

00025410The Conservatorium High School numbers amongst its graduates a long list of distinguished pianists: Roger Woodward, Kathryn Selby, Michael Kieran Harvey and Stephanie McCallum – to name but four.  With a view to ensuring that today’s student-pianists have access both to a superb quality concert instrument and to cutting-edge teaching and recording technology the school has purchased a Yamaha concert grand Disklavier. See the following link to Yamaha Australia’s web site.

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Congratulations to John Foreman on his award of the Medal of the Order of Australia!

JF@John, the 1989 School Captain of the Conservatorium High School, received the OAM in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honour List for service to the performing arts, particularly as a musical event director and musician.

John is a well-recognised face on Australian television as musical director, event director, pianist and composer. He appears regularly as musical director for Australia’s highest profile entertainment events including Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight®, TV Week Logie Awards, and Australian Idol. He has also been the driving force behind some of the biggest international entertainment events staged in Australia.

John wrote The Flame which was performed by Tina Arena and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony. His compositions have been performed by artists ranging from Vanessa Amorosi to José Carreras. When Oprah Winfrey came to Australia, John was Musical Director for her Finalé Concert that was televised from the steps of the Sydney Opera House. He was also the Creative Director for the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Asia Pacific Special Olympics.

JF“I did everything I could when I was at school – I played in orchestras, sang in children’s choirs, rock bands, jazz ensembles and I would encourage any young musician to do the same.”

After completing his secondary schooling at the Conservatorium High School John continued his Conservatorium studies in the Jazz Program of the Faculty of Music, University of Sydney.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra announces 26-year-old Australian Toby Thatcher as new Assistant Conductor

Featured imageThe Sydney Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce the appointment of 26-year-old Toby Thatcher to the highly coveted position of SSO Assistant Conductor.

Thatcher, who will return from London to take up the position in Sydney, was one of five hand-picked international and Australian candidates who auditioned for the role with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra before a panel including the SSO’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson.

Thatcher will take the baton from Australian-British conductor Jessica Cottis, who has held the Assistant Conductor position since 2012, and has since gone on to establish a successful career both in Australia and internationally.

The Assistant Conductor position, supported by the Orchestra’s Premier Partner Credit Suisse and SSO donors Rachel and Geoffrey O’Conor, will see Thatcher mentored closely by Maestro Robertson, as well as the Orchestra’s visiting guest conductors. Continue reading Sydney Symphony Orchestra announces 26-year-old Australian Toby Thatcher as new Assistant Conductor