Join these classical innovators to hear how their concert experiences are breaking all the rules and building new, engaged audiences for their work.
Lydia Dobbin/ Play On
Lydia Dobbin (BA/ BMus (Hons) '11 MMus (Musicology) '14) is a Melbourne based creative producer, programmer and entrepreneur. In 2016 she founded Play On, a performing arts company which curates musical events that build new audiences for classical music. Play On shows pair a set by Melbourne’s most respected young classical musicians with a set by one of the city’s best DJs.
Lydia is also a programmer and producer for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, and works as a freelance creative producer with the Collingwood Neighbourhood House to present performances and arts projects across the Fitzroy, Collingwood and Richmond Housing Estates.
Jule Edwardson/ Emotionworks Cut Opera
Julie Edwardson (Dip Mus) has established a reputation as one of Australia’s most interesting opera directors. She began her career as a singer and performed many principal roles for Opera Australia. Having long held an ambition to be a Director, she undertook a course at NIDA, then began by assisting directors at OA. After gaining several years experience, she is recognised for her creative breadth, artistic vision and assured sensitive direction.
Julie has her own company, Emotionworks Cut Opera, which has produced Mozart’s Impresario at the Melbourne Museum. The company has also produced a series of shortened “site specific” operas in a cross-genre style (opera fusion). Productions include La Beatles bohème (in the Prince of Wales Bandroom), Marriage of Figaro with Oz Rock at the Port Melbourne Football Club, Wagners Ring Cycle fused with classic Rock in a boxing ring as part of the Melbourne Ring festival, La Traviata fused with jazz and blues at the Melbourne Mens Gallery, Tosca at the National Gallery of Victoria, Carmen fused with Latin and Salsa at the Melbourne Spanish Club, Die Flederrmaus fused with Cole Porter at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Alcina, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute.
Joel Carnegie (B Mus (Hons)) is an award winning broadcaster, documentary maker and performer regularly working with various international broadcasters and media outlets, like the BBC World Service, CBC, Deutsche Welle, ABC Radio National and others. In 2013, he founded The Space Company to take on projects and stories that deepen or challenge our understanding and relationship with the world around us, and has since filed stories from outback Australia, to the remote Faroe Islands, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Russia, UK and the USA.
As a professional storyteller, performer and musician, he holds a Master of Arts (Media & Communications) from Swinburne University of Technology and a Bachelor of Music (awarded with Honours) from the University of Melbourne. Most recently, his feature "From Music Into Silence" was awarded a highly commended prize by Whicker's World Foundation.
In 2016, Joel was an Ambassador of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) for Third Coast Festival (Chicago), and a Jury Member for the "Radio Music" category at Prix Europa (European Broadcasting Festival). He is also a member of Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Australia (MEAA). When he’s out on the road or at home, he can be found immersed in music of all styles, shapes, forms and colours.
6.30pm to 7.30pm + refreshments and networking