Musical: Findr – The musical theatre that questions your digital identity. (An interview with the composer)

So excited to be a part of this new Australian work, Findr – a dramatic song cycle about two people who catfish each other.

“They say in musical theatre that songs occur when the emotion of a situation is too much for a character to bear. However, what happens if singing is the norm in a work and there is no dialogue? What happens when the emotion for the character is too much to bear?”

Here is a link to an article from CutCommon – an interview with the composer, Adrian Kingwell.  Read here to hear his creative process, and get an insight into how this project all came together!

What do you hope audiences will take away from your song cycle?

Firstly, I hope they enjoy it!

Secondly, I hope, in the best way possible, it challenges their preconceptions of what musical theatre is and what classical music is, respectively.

Finally, I hope it makes them ask themselves, would I ever catfish someone?”

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Musical: Findr (April 28)

findr_new_imageContemporary musical theatre from composer Adrian Kingwell:
Another night at home, another night in front of their screens. 

Troy and Emma are on opposite sides of the city, but they are both searching for the same thing: something, anything, to bring their life some purpose. Aimlessly clicking, they serendipitously stumble across findr – a place for creating meaningful relationships.
They find a real connection with each other, but are they really themselves?

The world premiere of findr will see Adrian Kingwell’s song cycle brought to life for the stage.  Accompanied by a chamber ensemble, findr tackles how curiosity, boredom and insecurity colour the way we find love in the digital age.

DIRECTED BY:         Clemmence Williams
CAST:             Charlotte Devenport, Abe Mitchell
VIDEOGRAPHY:         Tom Crammond
MUSICIANS:         Luke Byrne, James Larsen, Samantha Mailer, Vanessa Tammetta

VENUE:             Eternity Playhouse
DATE:             28th April
TIMES:             3pm, 7:30pm
RUNNING TIME:         70 minutes
PRICE:             $30, $35, $40

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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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