Concert tonight!

Last chance to buy tickets for the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra concert tonight – 8pm Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Here’s a photo from during our final rehearsal last night, and of my new married name in the program – exciting seeing my new name printed for the first time!



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Contemporary Orchestral Music Sydney International Composers Concerts 2017

Rehearsals are underway for Sydney Contemporary Orchestra’s latest concert series and it’s sounding good! A lot of exciting new works being premiered, this Friday night 6 October at Verbrugghen Hall – come check it out!


6 October 2017, 8:00PM
Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Sydney Australia
Sydney Contemporary Orchestra
Conductor – Dr Brian Chatpo Koo
Concertmaster – Beata Stanowska

With 60 passionate and dedicated musicians of the SCO, and directed by Dr Brian Chatpo Koo, the Contemporary Orchestral Music concert is an amazing opportunity to hear absolutely new orchestral music of contemporary composers from Brazil, Italy, USA, Colombia, Japan, and Australia. These composers will attend the concert and share their musical ideas, philosophies and creativity with each other and the Sydney audience.

  1. Uluru – Symphonic Overture by Brian Chatpo Koo (Australia) (Sydney premiere)
  2. Waltz Fantasy by Andre Catelli (Brazil) (World premiere)
  3. Variazioni by Paolo Geminiani (Italy) (World premiere)
  4. Visions des reflets et nocturnes (Sections I-IV) by Peter Dickson Lopez (USA) (World premiere)

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  5. A través de mis ojos by Mauricio Arias* (Colombia) (Australian premiere)
  6. Water Cycle - by Satoru Ikeda (Japan) (World premiere)
  7. Sinfonietta Fukushima  by Douglas Vuncannon (USA) (World premiere)
  8. Metamorphosis by Kim Bowman (Australia/The Netherlands) (World premiere)
Tickets are available from Tickets and Bookings:

Standard: $80
Concession: $60
Under 30: $40
Contact: Dianne Batcheldor – Orchestra Manager
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Why Teach Music?

Why teach music

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Songs of the Nightingale

Samantha Warhurst and I have been working hard over the last few weeks to prepare our most beautiful Nightingale-like tones. Please join us for our next self-produced concert with some stunning pieces inspired by the Nightingale and also some other favourites (including some great love songs!).  Hope to see you there! SJ

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Songs of the Nightingale

Dear Friends,

Join Samantha Joseph (flautist) and Samantha Warhurst (soprano) for their latest winter concert, Songs of the Nightingale, at the cosy Campbell Street Presbyterian Church in Balmain.  

Samantha and Samantha will be joined by the virtuoso pianist Glenn Amer as they present four stunning pieces, in four different languages, that are all inspired by the beauty of the Nightingale.  These pieces will be interspersed amongst other favourite and fabulous arrangements for flute and soprano, including the spine-tingling ‘Consuelo’s Love Theme’.  

As always, we invite you to join us for refreshments after the concert. We hope to see you there!

Songs of the Nightingale
Sunday 19th June, 3pm
7 Campbell St, Balmain, NSW.
$25 adults, $20 concession.
Refreshments afterwards!
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Happy New Year! 2016!

Happy New Year music lovers!!

Wishing you all a wonderful year filled with family, friends, and love.

I am looking forward to an exciting year ahead, and have already started the planning for upcoming concerts (we’ll let you know soon!).  In the meantime, here is a snippet of Samantha Warhurst (soprano), Glenn Amer (piano) and myself performing The Prayer recently.  I love this song – it is so hopeful – appropriate as we start a new year.


We dream a world without violence, a world of justice and faith.  Everyone gives the hand to his neighbours.  Symbol of peace, of fraternity. We ask that life be kind and watch us from above.  We hope each soul will find, another soul to love.

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Somewhere Out There: Songs of the World!

Samantha Joseph (flautist) and Samantha Warhust (soprano) invite you to the third installment in their “Songs of…” series, a fantastic collection of opera and musical theatre works from around the globe, arranged for flute, soprano and piano. They will be joined again, by the fabulous and virtuosic Glenn Amer on piano.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for concession and can be reserved by contacting Samantha Joseph at

Special Offer: Ticket plus a copy of our debut album, ‘Songs of Love and Passion’ for $40.

Songs of the World:  4pm – Saturday 24th October                                                         Presbyterian Church, 7 Campbell St, Balmain

We hope to see you there!

Samantha and Samantha

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We lack a strong enough workforce of professional ‘portfolio’ musicians

Today, it is expected that a “successful” musician is one who is performing full-time. However, what classifies as a “real job” in the music sector? Musicians must not only excel as performers, but also as teachers, leaders and creative collaborators – and their professional development must reflect this.

Here is an interesting read from The Guardian exploring this concept of a rounded professional development education for musicians further.

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Tosca @ The Independent Theatre

Tosca opens tonight! Come join us for one of Sydney’s operatic highlights for 2015!

Set in Rome in June 1800, with Rome threatened by Napoleon’s invasion of Italy, Puccini’s compelling and confronting opera Tosca narrows in on three characters, emotionally and politically bound in desire and betrayal.

When her lover, Cavaradossi, is captured by Rome’s secret police, Floria Tosca is forced to make a deal with police chief Scarpia. But Tosca decides that she will leave nothing to chance when it comes to saving her lover.

Hear a teaser of the show here!  Book tickets here.


Puccini’s taut drama comes to The Independent Theatre, North Sydney in October for a limited season. Tosca – Anna Louise Cole, Cavaradossi – Martin Buckingham, Scarpia – Sitiveni Talei. Conductor – Steven Stanke.

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Concert this Friday: Music Contemporary 2015

This Friday 25 September at 8pm: The Sydney Contemporary Orchestra Inc. (SCO) will be showcasing a wide selection of new contemporary works for orchestra at Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium.  We will also be performing the beautiful Swan Lake Suite by Tchaikovsky in the second half.  Book now to reserve your seats!  (Details on my Concert Page).

The Sydney Contemporary Orchestra is an innovative orchestra for modern orchestral music.  Supported by The SCO Foundation, the orchestra hosts regular charity concerts to promote new music compositions by the contemporary composers from all around the world.

Listen to some of our music from past concerts here!


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