Television Programs

After being established in 1988 the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra produced Television and Radio programs to extend the professional experience of its members. The Orchestra funded all the programs it produced. The list below is intended to illustrate the extent to which the Orchestra was successful in achieving this objective.

The programmes were shown nationally in Australia, and have been sold across the world. For a number of years the Orchestra’s television productions were Directed, Filmed and Edited by Adam Sèbire, a former member of the Orchestra. The rights in all programs are now vested with the Special Broadcasting Service.

The Orchestra negotiated support from RØDE Microphones™, an Australian company making very high quality but affordable microphones.

SOME OF THE TELEVISION PROGRAMS PRODUCED

"Tchaikovsky in Italy"

52’31” documentary
World Première: Gergiev Festival,
Rotterdam on 20 October 2004

Through Tchaikovsky’s sometimes intimate correspondence with patronness Nadezhda von Meck, this programme takes us on a musical journey of Italy through the eyes and ears of this great but deeply troubled composer. For Tchaikovsky, Italy was both a source of inspiration and a refuge from a tumultuous existence in his native Russia.

Works: Francesca da Rimini, Romeo & Juliet, Capriccio Italien

Script based on “The Letters of Nadezhda von Meck & Peter Illyitch Tchaikovsky” Akademia Press, Moscow, 1934 (translation: M.Krel)

Executive Producer: Ian Hamilton
Director/Editor/Camera: Adam Sebire

"Sounds of the Cities: Sydney Singing"

26’30” documentary. DVD release
First Transmission: April 2004, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS TV)

“An intriguing presentation that promises as scintillating visual essay on the city of Sydney, set to a splendid musical score by Peter Sculthorpe … visually, it is stunning…” – Sydney Morning Herald TV Guide Apr 12-18 2004.

Peter Sculthorpe, who died in August 2014, is almost certainly Australia’s most internationally-recognised composer. Best-known for his broad landscape compositions such as Kakadu and Earth Cry, he turned his attention to his own backyard in this work tailor-made for the SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra. It is scored for string orchestra with clarinet, harp and percussion soloists. “Sydney Singing” takes us on a journey through Sydney over the course of a day. From dawn over the harbour, to a lazy morning on Bondi Beach, a cultured afternoon at the Opera House, to dusk at the El Alamein Fountain, the neon lights of Kings Cross, and then through the wee hours of the city’s existence to sunrise over the harbour city once more. Our programme includes interviews with Peter Sculthorpe in each of the locations described by his music. Our young soloists perform outdoors in these locations. The world première orchestral performance used for this broadcast was recorded live at the newly rebuilt Sydney Conservatorium of Music by SBS Radio.

Composer: Peter Sculthorpe
Executive Producer: Ian Hamilton
Director/Editor/Camera: Adam Sebire

"Themes, Variations & Fusions: The Music of Spain"

52 min documentary, January 2004, (SBS TV)

From fandangos to habañeras, from Falla’s “Love, the Magician” to Sarasate’s “Gyspy Airs”, Spanish Music has always had deep multicultural roots. Despite attempts to stereotype it or to pin it down – by composers both Spanish and foreign – ultimately it’s the diversity of past and present influences that make it so unique and recognisable. A journey through Spain, her history and music with the SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra. Filmed during the 20th Festival Internacional de Orquestas de Jóvenes in Murcia.

Executive Producer: Ian Hamilton
Director/Editor/Camera: Adam Sebire

"Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms"

25’52” documentary & multicamera broadcast

Director/Editor/Camera: Adam Sebire

Recorded: for the 20th Anniversary of SBS TV and 25th Anniversary of SBS Radio at the Sydney Town Hall. First Transmission: 4 May 2002  SBS TV Australia.

Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms were written in the middle of the ’60s. Blending his trademark street rhythms with a setting of Hebrew psalms from the Old Testament,, Bernstein’s decidedly ecumenical “Chichester Psalms” are performed here by the combined choirs of Sydney Grammar and Ascham Schools, Sydney, with the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra and treble Antony Freeman. Christopher Shepard conducts and also takes us on a short tour of Bernstein’s secular and religious influences.

Executive Producer: Ian Hamilton
Director/Editor: Adam Sebire
Conductor/Presenter: Chris Shepard

"Harmonies of the Hemispheres"

27 min documentary
First Transmission March, 2003 (SBS TV)

When 650 young performers from a dozen countries combine for a renowned international festival, the only common language is that of music. The Japan International Youth Musicale, held every three years in Shizuoka, Japan, is gaining a reputation for bringing the most varied and exciting talent from all parts of the world.

Filmed during the 8th JIYM. Includes performances by Accordion Orchestra of the Kosice Conservatorium (Slovakia) Beijing Middle School Students’ Golden Sail Chinese Orchestra (China) Hitachi Inari Taiko (Japan) Mlada Muzika Sardice (Czech Republic) National University of Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Singapore) Native Tongues (Guam) Nemeth Quartet (Turkey) Permonik (Czech Republic) SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra (Australia) Soweto Young Voices (South Africa) Wheatley Park Madrigal Choir (U.K.)

Executive Producer: Ian Hamilton
Director/Editor/Camera: Adam Sebire

"James Morrison & Judy Bailey - a meeting in the middle"

27 min documentary & multicamera Recorded:
for the 20th Anniversary of SBS TV and 25th Anniversary of SBS Radio at the Sydney Town Hall

“James Morrison & Judy Bailey – a meeting in the middle”
27 min documentary & multicamera Recorded: for the 20th Anniversary of SBS TV and 25th Anniversary of SBS Radio at the Sydney Town Hall

Australian jazz legend James Morrison gives the world première of composer Judy Bailey’s “Four Reasons” suite for orchestra and jazz soloist (trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn and euphonium). The work was commissioned by the SBS Youth Orchestra. James and Judy also talk about their collaboration and the jazz/classical “crossover”.

Executive Producer: Ian Hamilton
Director/Editor: Adam Sebire
Conductor: Matthew Krel

"The Russian Enigma"

a 52 min documentary on SBS TV
PREMIERED SATURDAY 21 JULY 2001

As the curtain drops on the tumultuous twentieth century we are able to look back upon the winding path of its artistic history from the elevated vantage point of 2000. From our high ground some of the paths appear more circuitous than others, as history folds back on itself in a myriad of themes and variations. Russia is such a case, catapulted, as it was, from feudalism to emancipation and socialism, missing out the Enlightenment, capitalism, and only recently emerging, blinking and bewildered into the harsh clearing of free market economics and perestroika.

If we accept that the Artist can be the social equivalent of the coal miner’s canary, then we are likely to discover much about what it meant to be caught in this turbulent century in Russia, by examining the prodigious output of her artists at key points in the last 140 years. Specifically, we will focus on her composers, with brief forays into the fine arts, for music is that most abstract and international of Arts and inherently, a fascinating battleground between the real world and the artist’s conscience. A reflection of historical, cultural and technological developments, as Lenin acknowledged.

What is “Russian” or “Soviet” composition? Where are its origins? Is it to be defined by the terrible impositions it has suffered in our century; its very struggle for existence, by the pressures brought to bear on her composers? It has been written that “the art of no other country is so heavily fraught with subtexts.” Art in Russia has become inextricable from the life and soul of her people.

Executive Producer: Ian Hamilton
Director/Editor/Camera: Adam Sèbire
Artistic Advisor: Matthew Krel

OTHER PERFORMANCES

Unless otherwise indicated, all performances shown below were conducted by our Founding Conductor, Mr Matthew Krel.

At the SBS Television studio, on 26 February 2005, in only four hours we managed to record both audio and vision for 6 short pieces for broadcast on SBS Television and Radio from Christmas 2005.

Jenolan Caves in 2005 was an excellent experience as usual (except perhaps for the occasional drips of calcium carbonate onto strings from the stalactites!) On Saturday the 5th of March the Orchestra performed in the caves’ Grand Arch for two special fundraising concerts, the proceeds of which went towards hospital and other urgent facilities being built in one of the Sri Lankan towns worst-hit by the December 26 tsunami. The concerts were organised by Archer Field of Caves House where the orchestra stayed, whilst Jenolan Caves Reserve Trust provided the additional logistical support. Segments from the concert were broadcast on SBS at Christmas time, 2005.

The Orchestra’s tour of Karlovy Vary, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna was a great success, with Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphoses and Schoenberg’s arrangement of Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor for orchestra featuring as the main works.

The orchestra did many television performances in 2005, including the aforementioned caves concert and studio recording, plus the Great Hall of Sydney University (1812 Overture and Lieutenant Kitje), Sydney Conservatorium (Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto), and Sydney Town Hall (from Morrison to Mozart – below).

OUR TOURS

In most years since 1993, the Orchestra has toured abroad. Early tours were to New Zealand, Tonga, Taiwan, New Caledonia, Malta and western Europe. In 1999 it had engagements in Beijing, China. Other tours included Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn & Tartu, Estonia; St.Petersburg & Moscow, Russia. In July 2000 it performed in Shizuoka, Japan; in 2001 in Spain; and in 2002, in both France and Italy. In 2004 it toured Russia for a second time, and in 2006 travelled to Macau and Hong Kong.

In September 2008 the Orchestra toured Germany and the Czech Republic and visited Munich, Bayreuth, Weimar, Dresden, Carlsbad and Prague. Selected members took part in the 10 day tour, each member paying a fee of $4,000 to allow the orchestra to recover its costs. A former member and concert master of the Orchestra, Geoff Hayes, operates a tour organisation business. He was engaged to organise a part of this tour and he also designed a touring package in 2010 featuring visits to Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria.

ARCHIVED PROGRAM INFORMATION

Below is a list of the programs made since the orchestra’s formation in 1988.

2009 Reaching for the Sublime – Music of the Baroque (25’ approx) Belkis, Queen of Sheba (25’17”) Ottorino Respighi’s extravagant ballet score sets the musical scene for a cinematic journey up the River Nile. The music is recorded live by the SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra on the occasion of its 20th Anniversary Concert, conducted by Matthew Krel.

2008 A Russian Resurrection (25’02”)A musical journey through wintry landscapes to three places in Russia: remote and mysterious Valaam, sacred Zagorsk and a resurrected cathedral in Moscow. All of them now central to the revival of Faith within the former Soviet Union. Music by Stravinsky, Mussorgsky and Australia’s Russian-born Elena Kats-Chernin is played by the SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra conducted by Matthew Krel.

2007 Three Tales of Two Cities (24’43″)Austria has made a disproportionate contribution to the pantheon of classical composers. With the help of three musical locals – two of them Australian expatriates – the SBS Youth Orchestra explores the musical heritage of Vienna and Salzburg. Hungarian Rhapsodies (25’14”) The SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra plays music of and about Hungary, and explores its connections with Romany culture. Featuring young Australian violinist Claudia Zorbas.

2006 Inside Overture 1812 (25’00”) Explores the events and places behind Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, with music performed by the SBS Youth Orchestra. The composer always thought the music too loud & showy to be of any merit, but audiences have begged to differ ever since its premiere.James Morrison: Blowing His Own Trumpet (26’25”) Australia’s greatest jazz virtuoso performs his own compositions, on flugelhorn, trombone, piano and trumpet live in concert with the SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra.From Mozart to Morrison (51’43”) Recorded live at the Sydney Town Hall, James Morrison and the SBS Youth Orchestra pay tribute to the 250th birthday of the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [on 27 January 2006]. Jazz virtuoso James Morrison adapts some well-known Mozart repertoire, as well as some common garden implements to perform the Mozart 4th Horn Concerto.

2005 A Czech Winter’s Journey (26’53”) Following the Moldau River into the heart of Bohemia, the SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra take us on a journey through Czech culture and landscape. Features music by Smetana & Dvorak.

2004 Sounds of the Cities: Sydney Singing (26’30”) Icon of Australian composition Peter Sculthorpe, who turned 75 in 2004, arranged this work especially for the SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra. “Sydney Singing” takes us on a journey through Sydney over the course of a day. Our programme includes interviews with Peter Sculthorpe in each of the locations described by his music and features clarinet soloist Joanne Sharp performing on location.Tchaikovsky in Italy (52’30”) Through Tchaikovsky’s sometimes intimate correspondence with patroness Nadezhda von Meck, this programme takes us on a musical journey of Italy through the eyes and ears of this great but deeply troubled composer. For Tchaikovsky, Italy was both a source of inspiration and a refuge from a tumultuous existence in Russia.

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2002 Themes, Variations and Fusions: The Music of Spain (52’03) From fandangos to habañeras, from Falla’s “Love, the Magician” to Sarasate’s “Gyspy Airs”, Spanish Music has always had deep multicultural roots. Despite attempts to stereotype it or to pin it down – by composers both Spanish and foreign – ultimately it’s the diversity of past and present influences that make it so unique and recognisable. A journey through Spain, her history and music with the SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra.

2001 Harmonies of the Hemispheres (27’01”) When 650 young performers from a dozen countries combine for a renowned international festival, the only common language is that of music. The Japan International Youth Musicale, held every three years in Shizuoka, Japan, is gaining a reputation for bringing the most varied and exciting talent from all parts of the world. Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (25’52”) Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms were written in the middle of the ’60s. Blending his trademark street rhythms with a setting of Hebrew psalms from the Old Testament, Bernstein’s decidedly ecumenical “Chichester Psalms” are performed here by the combined choirs of Sydney Grammar and Ascham Schools, Sydney, with the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra and treble Antony Freeman. Christopher Shepard conducts and also takes us on a short tour of Bernstein’s secular and religious influences.

2000 Autumn Tones – A Musical Journey from Estonia to Finland (26’55”) The 60 young musicians of the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Krel, embark on a musical journey through Estonia and Finland. One is old, the other new, but both are closely related by geography and cultural heritage. It is also a journey through the 20th century of music of Estonian composer Heino Eller, Finland’s great Jean Sibelius and Darius Milhaud. James Morrison & Judy Bailey Meeting in the Middle (26’59”) Australian jazz legend James Morrison gives the world première of composer Judy Bailey’s “Four Reasons” suite for orchestra and jazz soloist (trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn and euphonium). The work was commissioned by the SBS Youth Orchestra. James and Judy also talk about their collaboration and the jazz/classical “crossover”.Prodigies – Shooting Stars (25’37”) The first part of this program examines the adult perspective of what exactly the term “prodigy” means, followed by examples of the talent of various members of the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra, including pianist Simon Tedeschi. Prodigies – Rising Stars (26’05”) This program gives examples of the talent of various members of the SBSYO, including pianist Simon Tedeschi. Russian Enigma, The (52’17”) In the last one hundred and fifty years, few other countries have so dramatically linked their history, society and music. As the curtain drops on Russia’s 20th century tumult, we can look with hindsight at the story of how her composer-musicians survived successive régimes. Conductor Matthew Krel returns to a changed Russia after an absence of 22 years, with his acclaimed SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra performing one of Shostakovich’s formerly banned works, “Hypothetically Murdered”.

1999 At the Piano with Mozart (29’55) Simon Tedeschi, who would go on to win the ABC Young Performer of the Year award, here plays a piano concerto by Mozart.Donald Hazelwood – Master of Music (26’00”) Donald Hazelwood, former concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, talks about the role of an orchestra’s leader.Donald Hazelwood – The Concert Master (26’56”) 4:3Don Hazelwood, concert master of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 1966 and one of Australia’s finest string players, defines the intricacies of his role and performs Vivaldi’s Concerto for Three Violins in F Major with soloist Natalie Chee and the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra Dream of Hope (SBS Youth Orchestra in China) (25’55”) This program takes its name from the Dream of Hope project set up by the Chinese government to support homeless children. The SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra were invited to visit Beijing to perform in the Forbidden City. Highlights of the program include the Concerto for Clarinet by Weber featuring Cindy Lin on clarinet, and a popular Chinese piece entitled Good News from Beijing.Hary Janos – A Musical Fairytale (27’43”) A performance of Hungarian composer Kodály’s Háry Jonas Suite by the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Krel. Hat Trick of Haydn, A (26’21” mins) Music performed by the SBS Youth Orchestra during their visit to Haydn’s old workplace, the Esterhazy Palace.Music Knows No Bounds (29’16”) A retrospective look at high achiever, Natalie Chee, who won the 1993 ABC Young Performer of the Year award. The program includes a performance of Khachaturian ‘s Violin Concerto with the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra.Sacred and Profound (27’07”) A selection of works performed by the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra, including Laudate Dominum K339 by Mozart, Brahms’ Ave Maria Op. 12 and Franck’s Panis Angelicus.

1998 Duncan Gifford – The Russian Experience (25’48”) Australian-born Duncan Gifford left Australia to pursue his dream of studying under one of the great piano teachers, Lev Vlasenko, in Moscow. Now, on his return, he recounts his time in Moscow, and performs the challenging First Piano Concerto of Prokofiev. From the Black Forest to the Black Sea (27’40”) In 1997, the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra travelled to Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, to trace the path of the River Danube from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. One of the highlights of that trip was a visit to Eisenstadt in Austria to perform Symphony No 3 by Schubert, dedicated to the bicentenary of his birth; and an appearance at the Bratislava Autumn Festival, the first performance by an Australian orchestra in the Slovak capital, including Kodaly’s Hungarian Rondo. Memories of Italy (25’43) Shot during the SBS Youth Orchestra’s tour to Italy, featuring location performances of Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto, Kabalevsky’s Comedians Suite, and Stravinsky’s Suite for Small Orchestra.Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, The (26’15”) An entertaining guide to the various sections of the SBS Radio and television Youth Orchestra. Filmed at Sydney’s Town Hall, with narration by Christopher Lawrence and conducted by Myer Fredman, the program provides an insight into the function and range of all the instruments, which make up the orchestra. Opens with the extremely challenging “Infernal Dance of King Katschei” from Stravinsky’s “Firebird” ballet suite.

1997 Puccini: The Spirit of Love (21’56) Only 17 years old, and much under the influence of Richard Wagner, Giacomo Puccini wrote his first and only purely symphonic work. As well as this composition, Preludio Symphonico, members of the SBS Youth Orchestra also perform his Chrysanthemum Quartet.Puccini: The Wizard of Love (25’27) Opera Australia’s leading ladies, Joan Carden and Cheryl Barker, discuss the roles of women in Puccini’s life and opera, and perform excerpts from Madame Butterfly accompanied by the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Dvorak’s Te Deum (25’24”) A performance of Dvorak’s festive choral work with the SBS Youth Orchestra in the Sydney Town Hall. Interspersed with images from the Dvorak Museum in Prague.

1996 Bridge Between Two Islands, A (51’35”)The SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra provides the music while a Maltese-Australian poet provides the words in this programme about cultural crossover between Australia and Malta. Professor Joe Camillieri conducts his own composition Mediterranean Rhapsody. De Coeur A Coeur (27’26”) The SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra perform a series of concerts in Noumea, in support of the Victor Chang Research Institute and accompanied by Ann Chang, Victor’s widow. Includes works by Wagner, Handel, Mozart and Poulenc. European Experience, The (27’32”) SBS Youth Orchestra play a selection of pieces in Europe. Introduction; Rondo Capriccioso by Saint Saens; An Early Autumn’s Dreaming by Mageay; Light Cavalry Overture by Suppe; Concertino for Flute and Viola by Bloch; The Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart.Great Trio, The (27’18”) This program brings together the three most outstanding Hungarian composers – Franz Liszt, Zoltan Kodaly (“Dances of Galanta” and Bela Bartok (“Romanian Dances”) – for a musical entertainment with the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra and a look at Hungary past and present, on the 1,100th anniversary of the country’s foundation. Tour to Malta (a.k.a. Malta: Crossroads Of Destiny) (26’01”) Performance in Malta at the invitation of the Maltese Government. The first visit to the country by an Australian orchestra, the SBSYO includes a Maltese composition in their repertoire to mark the occasion. Mozart Plus Five (25’49) A programme based on the prominence of the number 5 in the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, featuring his music played by the SBS Youth Orchestra.

1995 Europe Discovered (50’46”) [a longer version of the above “European Experience”].

1994 Viva Vivaldi (25’41) Musicians from the Sydney Symphony orchestra join their young counterparts from the SBS Youth Orchestra to perform Vivaldi’s concerto for two trumpets, and his triple violin concerto.

1993 Discovering Liszt (25’11”) A performance of Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 3 in E Flat Major at the Sydney Town Hall conducted by the Director of the Conservatorium of Florence, Guiseppe Giglio with the Ukrainian soloist Roman Rudnytsky. The existence of this concerto had long been theorised by musicologists, but was not discovered until the late 1980’s. Le Concert De L’Annee (26’42”) The Islands of New Caledonia are a tropical paradise and a fitting backdrop for beautifully recorded music played individually in ensembles and symphony orchestra by the young Australians. Includes Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Buffoons”, part of Faure’s “Requiem”, Bizet’s “Carmen”, and closes with Shepherd’s Hey by Grainger. Sound of the Dragon I (26’30A compilation of the trip to Taiwan. Sights are interspersed with music and performance. We hear Uluru by Peter Sculthorpe, Festival Overture by Shostakovish, Clarinet Concerto by Krommer, Piano Concerto No1 by Kabalevsky and Symphony No 5 by Tchaiksovsky. Sound of the Dragon II (28’36”) Part II of above Sounds Majestic (31’10”) The SBS Youth Orchestra in action with the Grand Organ of the Sydney Town Hall. Played are Symphony no 1 for Organ and Orchestra – Alexander Guilmont and Tomaso Albinoni’s Adagio in G minor for strings and Orchestra.

1992 Fifty Years of Don Burrows (27’20”) Don Burrows is one of the several Australian musical artists who have achieved international acclaim over the years. Performing an especially composed work by the blind New Zealand composer and friend of Don Burrows for over 20 years – Julian Lee. Hallelujah from Tonga (26’49”) Performed on the occasion of the King of Tonga’s birthday and on the 200th anniversary of the original performance of the work in Dublin, the SBS youth Orchestra plays Handel’s Messiah accompanied by a beautiful 300 voice Tongan choir. The program of works also includes a dazzling performance by soloist Natalie Chee performing Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy for violin. Jenolan Caves aka Jenolan Festival (28’48”) The Jenolan Caves are the largest limestone caves in the southern hemisphere and a part of the second largest canyon system in the world, and make one of the most unique and unusual settings for an orchestral performance. This performance includes Hayden’s Farewell Symphony. Joy of Mozart, The (29’40”) Performances of some of Mozart’s works in Sydney’s St Andrew’s Cathedral featuring the leader of the SBS youth orchestra, Natalie Chee, and leader of the Sydney Symphony,Donald Hazelwood Spanish Impressions (27’03”) The Youth Orchestra captures the unique sensuality of Spanish music. The Capriccio Espagnol is followed by Rodrigo’s Concerto for two guitars played by the young Australian Strano sisters. The influence of Spanish music upon the world scene is remarkably captured.

1991 A Tribute to Mozart (54’15”) The Orchestra plays works by W.A.Mozart in locations ranging from Dubbo’s Western Plains Zoo to the Jenolan Caves’ Devils Coachhouse Cave.The Brendan Voyage (27’42”) 1300 years ago a man named Brendan sailed from Ireland. Brendan’s navigations led him to discover America 700 years before Columbus. Fragments from the suite written to commemorate his adventures is performed at the Sydney Opera House conducted by Myer Fredman with world famous uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn, & violinist Natalie Chee. Jenolan Festival, The (aka Festival at Jenolan) (55’45”) [longer  version, see 1992 “Jenolan Caves”]Music by Massenet (“Manon”); Purcell (“Trumpet Voluntary” – soloist Lachlan Pendelbury); Vivaldi (Recorder Concerto – soloist Benjamin Hames); Baerman (Adagio for Clarinet – soloist Diana Springford); Haydn (Farewell Symphony). Includes audience saying “Happy Christmas”.

1990 150 Years of Tchaikovsky (58’31) The Orchestra’s first ever OB, from Sydney Town Hall. Images of the Twentieth Century (25’57”) A performance by the SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra of Leonard Bernstein’s famous “Westside Story” symphonic suite, as well as a rare work by Darius Milhaud featuring saxophone and orchestra. Music From France (31’03) Including Berlioz’s Hungarian March and Gounod’s ballet music from “Faust”. Introduced by Mary Kostakidis.

1989 Invitation to the Dance (29’06”) Presented by Mary Kostakidis. Music From Vienna (51’34”) Presented by Mary Kostakidis, this studio recording of the SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra includes: Brahms: Symphony No.4 “Tragic” – 1st movement; Mozart: Overture to “Titus”; “Horn Concerto No.3”; “Serenada Notturno”; Haydn: Symphony 100 “Military” – 2ndand 3rd movements; J.Strauss: Persian March, Trisch Trasch Polka, Voices of Spring SBS Youth Orchestra 1989 (85’27”) Presented by Mary Kostakidis from the Sydney Town Hall. Soloists include Nikolai Evrov and Elizabeth Powell. The Orchestra’s first public performance, including Beethoven’s “Creatures of Prometheus”. Directed by Kevin Ryder, and produced by Austin Steele.

FILLERS

Danse Lente (3’46”) (1997)Flautist Sally Walker and Harpist Owen Torr perform a harp and flute duet in the SBS studios (filler). Camel (3’26”) (1997)n the last one hundred and fifty years, few other countries have so dramatically linked their history, society and music. As the curtain drops on Russia’s 20th century tumult, we can look with hindsight at the story of how her composer-musicians survived successive régimes. Conductor Matthew Krel returns to a changed Russia after an absence of 22 years, with his acclaimed SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra performing one of Shostakovich’s formerly banned works, “Hypothetically Murdered”.The Sydney experimental world music group “Coda” (featuring several former members of the SBS Youth Orchestra here perform a short original composition (filler).