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Event – Music: Players, Passion and Politics – 22 November

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on November 13th, 2007

Future Leaders and Melbourne Conversations are pleased to invite you to a free event at BMW Edge on 22 November at 6.00pm.

Music: Players, Passion and Politics
(Impromptu performances will be part of the discussion.)

Why is Melbourne emerging an influential music city? Is it the depth and diversity of musicians, great venues, enthusiastic audiences and development opportunities or are we just lucky? Are the politics of the music industry understood and how will it develop?

Sophie Brous – Vocalist/Composer
Deborah Conway – Singer/Songwriter
Genevieve Lacey – Recorder Virtuoso
Richard Mills AM – Conductor/Composer
Moderator – Sian Prior – Writer, Broadcaster and Singer

When: 6.00 to 7.30pm, Thursday 22 November 2007 – entry from 5.30pm
Where: BMW Edge Federation Square, corner of Swanston and Flinders street, Melbourne


A Melbourne Conversations presented in partnership with Future Leaders to celebrate the Melbourne Prize for Music 2007 – Federation Square 12 to 25 November 2007.

Deborah Conway enjoys a career that encompasses recording, performing and writing songs and has done so ever since her first band Do Re Mi topped the charts in 1985 with the single Man Overboard. Her solo career began with the release of the platinum selling String Of Pearls. Conway has also made high profile screen and stage detours along the way. In 2005 Conway devised, produced and performed in Broad, a piece exploring singers and song writing. This year Conway took on the role of curator for the Queensland Music
Festivals event Song Trails.

Richard Mills is one of Australias most sought after composers and music directors. In recent years he has pursued a diverse career as a composer and conductor. He has been Artistic Director of the Western Australian Opera since 1997, with his contract now extended to 2010. He is Artistic Consultant with Orchestra Victoria and Director of the Australian music Project for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and works as a freelance conductor throughout Australia and overseas.

Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso, who plays across Australia and around the world. Her repertoire spans ten centuries. She has recorded multiple CDs, one of which won an ARIA for Best Classical Recording.
Genevieve is a champion of new music, and has commissioned and premiered scores of works. She has been awarded many prizes including Freedman and Churchill Fellowships, and Best Performance in the AMC/APRA 2006 awards.

Sophie Brous is a vocalist and composer exploring jazz, improvisation and avante pop music. She undertook scholarship study at the New England Conservatory, Boston, and the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. Sophie has been the recipient of many awards, including the James Morrison Scholarship, 2nd prize in the International Jazz Singing Competition, finalist in the 2005 National Jazz Awards and 2006 London International Jazz Competition.

Sian Prior is a writer, broadcaster, arts critic, university lecturer, moderator, clarinettist and singer. She was an arts reporter and presenter for ABC Radio for eight years, including two years hosting the weekly
‘Sunday Arts program on 774 ABC Melbourne. She still reports for radio on a freelance basis, and in 2005 she spent five months presenting the Deep End on Radio National.

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