In an exciting finale to the KPO’s 50th Anniversary Year, we are delighted to be presenting a special concert at the Concourse with legendary pianist Roger Woodward AC.
The KPO will make a donation to the Sisters of Charity, supporting opportunities for out-of-home-care students to undertake tertiary studies. Work such as this is also close to Roger Woodward’s heart.
This is a concert not to be missed.
Only 1% of young people who grew up in foster care, group homes or other out-of-home care arrangements are able to attend university, compared to approximately 40% of young people in the general population.
The majority of these young people lack the emotional and financial support that most of us take for granted, and are among the most disadvantaged in our community.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation’s Tertiary Scholarship Program offers financial support so care leavers can attend university or TAFE. Scholarships are provided regardless of gender, cultural or religious background, educational institution or field of study.
Students can use the scholarship for study expenses – for example course fees, textbooks, laptops and other technology – attending internships or other networking opportunities, or living expenses. Donate
A scholarship allows students to focus on their studies without needing to hold down multiple jobs at the same time, giving them the best possible chance of academic and career success.
Nathan studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at the University of Queensland. He applied for a Sisters of Charity Foundation tertiary scholarship so he’d be able to partake in any internship opportunities that arose. During his degree he was able to do three summer work placements around Australia, from the Pilbara in WA to Brisbane’s CBD.
Nathan accepted an offer from Glencore as a Graduate Mining Engineer stationed in Mount Isa. Nathan says:
“Thanks to the scholarship I was able to relocate to Brisbane to study a course I would not have been able to back home. I was able to live at college where I made many friends, and pay for countless ‘hidden costs’ of attending uni and living away from family. I was able to partake in work placements provided by potential hiring companies, and develop practical skills that are highly sought after. I am very grateful for the scholarship, and the donors that made it possible.
Without the opportunities the Foundation was able to provide, without being able to partake in internships, and without the ease of mind that allowed me to focus on my studies I could have taken a very different path. I’m looking forward to starting my role and continuing to grow in a professional setting, as well as thinking about what I can do to help others, just as the Foundation helped me.”
Cleo was accepted into a Bachelor of Communications and Media at the University of Notre Dame, but unlike most other students who transition immediately from high school to university, Cleo had to work full time for a year to save up. As she began her degree the next year she was still working full-time hours at a local pharmacy.
Winning a scholarship allowed Cleo to cut her work hours from 40 to 20 per week, which made a massive difference to her study and enjoyment of the course. Cleo says:
“When I got the scholarship I realised I could now create a good balance between my work, my uni, and have that extra support when I need it.
Without this help and the opportunity, I don’t think I would have been so persistent with uni. I don’t think I’d have even been able to pass because of all the work I was doing… I want to be able to devote as much time as I can to creating my future and doing uni.”
Australian National Treasure, Roger Woodward AC, will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3. In the top echelon of international musicians, Roger in fact grew up in Chatswood, attending the local public school. He was a student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before winning the ABC Young Performer’s Award playing this very same work. The ABC award provided Roger with study and performance opportunities with orchestras in Australia and abroad thus launching his international career.
Roger has, throughout his career, been an ambassador for 20th century music and has chosen to return to Chatswood to perform the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 with the KPO. The orchestra will also perform the rousing Festive Overture by Shostakovich together with his powerful Chamber Symphony Op. 110a making for a true celebration of some of the greatest works of the 20th Century.
Vincent Plush, Limelight Magazine:
I could not recall such deliberative and magisterial pianism since Artur Rubinstein’s recitals here in June 1964. Just put on a YouTube clip of Rubinstein and Woodward’s lineage and own legacy becomes immediately clear. After two encores and an ovation, his second recital on Tuesday evening will surely be a sell-out.
CIMF Debussy concerts, 2018
Tempo, Nouritza Matossian (on Xenakis Keqrops world premiere): Roger Woodward... astonished the New York Philharmonic’s audiences at the Lincoln Center...”
Dr Paul Terracini was born in Sydney and has enjoyed a career in Australia and internationally as an instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and conductor. He has held permanent positions as Principal Trumpet in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; Lecturer in Trumpet, Brass Ensemble and Big Band at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music; and Solo Trumpet in the Danish Chamber Players, Denmark.
As an instrumentalist, he performed as soloist in Australia, Europe, USA, and Asia. Within Australia, his solo performances included concertos with the Melbourne, Queensland, West Australian, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Paul Terracini has appeared as an opera conductor at the German Rossini Festival in Bad Wilbad, for the Danish Bel Canto Society in Copenhagen, and the Storstroms Symphony Orchestra, also in Denmark. Since assuming the role of artistic director of the Penrith Symphony Orchestra in 2010, he has, apart from programming and conducting the symphonic repertoire, pioneered the performance of chamber opera in western Sydney. For many years he has been invited as a guest conductor/composer to music schools and universities in Europe, USA, China, and Australia. He appears regularly as conductor for the Conservatorium High School, in Sydney. As a choral conductor, he has recorded for ABC Classics with Ars Nova Copenhagen, and the Sydney based choir, Cantillation.
As a composer and arranger, his music has been heard throughout the world in a variety of genres, performed by, amongst others, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, the Danish Chamber Players, the Australian Brass Quintet, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Brass, and at festivals and conferences on every continent. His music for the two part ABC television series, Hymns of the Forefathers, in which he developed many of the traditional English hymns into symphonic poems, received international acclaim and was released on CD and DVD by ABC Classics. His title music for the television series, Classical Destinations, which was produced for three seasons, was featured on the ‘Number 1 Classical Album of the Year,’ released by Decca.
His new CD, Paul Terracini: Music for Brass, was released on the Tall Poppies label in May 2015. On this recording, he conducted his own music with Sydney Brass, featuring members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Paul Terracini also holds a PhD from the University of Sydney, having earlier completed a Bachelor of Theology and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). His book, John Stoward Moyes and the Social Gospel, was published in 2015.