(COMPOSER, DIGITAL MUSIC SPECIALIST)
Damian Barbeler is an award-winning composer and multimedia artist whose works have been performed and broadcast around the world. He is widely recognised for his idiosyncratic and playful artistic style as well as his lush, emotional creations inspired by textures and patterns from nature. He regularly collaborates with colleagues from diverse fields including architecture, software design, media arts, dance and more. His music has twice been selected as a UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers “Recommended Work”.
Damian lectures in composition, digital music and performance practice at the University of Sydney, Sydney Conservatorium, and University of New South Wales, and has worked on composition projects for Sydney Youth Orchestras.
(COMPOSER, CONDUCTOR, LYRICIST)
26 year-old Alice’s works are performed in concert halls (Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Centre, City Recital Hall Angel Place) and cathedrals (St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney, Stanford Memorial Church California, Trinity Church Wall St New York City). Two-time finalist in the APRA Art Music Awards for Vocal/Choral Work of the Year, Alice has created music for groups including Ensemble Offspring, Gondwana Choirs, The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Australia Piano Quartet, Ella Hooper, Sydney Children’s Choir, Moorambilla Voices, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship, The Kodaly Association, Adelaide Chamber Singers, the Song Company, Musica Viva, Barangaroo Delivery Authority, and Acacia String Quartet. In 2016, Alice was composer in residence for Sydney Children’s Choir and an associate artist with Barangaroo NSW.
(FILM PRODUCER/DIRECTOR, MUSICIAN)
Sophie’s 2011 film documentary Mrs Carey’s Concert (co-produced with Bob Connolly), about music-making and coming of age as shown in the preparations at a Sydney girl’s school for a concert in the Opera House won the 2012 Australian Academy of Cinema
and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards for Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Direction, plus Best Direction in a Documentary Feature from the Australian Directors Guild.
Christopher Lawrence’s career spans more than 40 years of broadcasting in radio and television. He has written and produced dozens of radio documentaries (ranging from the love life of the French composer Hector Berlioz to a history of the songs and stories of Australian waterfront workers), presented an interview series for the Ovation channel, and conducted most of Australia’s capital city symphony orchestras.
As an orchestral and opera recording producer he has been awarded an International Emmy for Performing Arts, three ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Awards, a Churchill Fellowship, and the Editors’ Choice Award at the 1992 Cannes Classical Awards in France. Christopher worked extensively with the late Stuart Challender and the Sydney Symphony on a series of breakthrough recordings of Australian music. He also accompanied them on their historic Bicentennial Tour of the United States in 1988, producing recordings with Dame Joan Sutherland in the Kennedy Center and the United Nations General Assembly Hall.
Christopher was the first presenter of ABC RN’s The Music Show in 1991, discussing recording techniques with k.d.lang, the art of singing while running uphill with Julie Andrews, and making pasta with Stéphane Grappelli (along with hundreds of other interviews). He has also conducted a series of public conversations with guests including Victoria de los Angeles, Simone Young, Philip Glass, Geoffrey Rush and Stephen Sondheim.
Christopher is best-known for his on-air work with ABC Classic FM, including hosting Weekend Breakfast and the music/travel program Passenger.