MCM IgniteLab Presents DIY Concert Hacks

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It’s never been easier to curate and produce your own concerts. Hear this panel of VCA/MCM alums share their top tips to plan, present, promote your own concerts and what they learnt along the way.


Tim Hannah/ Ensemble Goldentree

Tim is a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-bred musician, teacher and arts administrator. Through his work as a horn player, events coordinator and tutor, Tim aims to encourage the enjoyment of music and broaden people’s appreciation for the diverse musical offerings available to twenty-first century audiences.

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tim was one of the founding members and co-artistic directors of Ensemble Goldentree in 2015. As a member of the ensemble Tim performed in a number of concerts throughout their first two seasons and participated in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music Advanced Winterschool in 2015 and 2016, working with some of the leading professionals in the field of chamber music. Tim has performed with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Opera, the Air Force Band, the Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonia, Melbourne Citi Opera, the Melbourne Bach Choir Orchestra, the Heidelberg Choral Society, the Camberwell Chorale, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, the Monash Academy Orchestra and the University of Melbourne Orchestra. These engagements have included tours to China (with RMPO and Melbourne Opera) and New Zealand (with MYO).

Tim completed his Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the University of Melbourne in 2015, following undergraduate study at Monash University (BA/BMus). Tim continues to work with Saul Lewis (principal 3rd horn, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) following the completion of his studies.

Tim works with Melba Opera Trust in administration and events coordination and, for a slight reprieve from singers, with Melbourne Youth Orchestras as ensemble coordinator for the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra. In his free time he enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with his partner, Alison, parents and three younger brothers, and cat, Opal. Despite living in Australia most of his life, Tim still barracks for the All Blacks and Black Caps.

Natasha Lin/ FOMS Concerts

Natasha is a Melbourne-based concert pianist, music educator and collaborative musician. She has performed actively around Australia and also worked with various Australian composers and orchestras. She has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships and since obtaining a first-class honours in Master of Music (performance), Natasha was selected as one of the finalists around the country to participate in the 2014 Australian National Piano Award and in 2015, she was approached by the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations for a Unity Project. Her music has been broadcasted nationally on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS, and is known for its passionate energy, riveting imagery and sensitivity in connecting with the essence of the music, descriptions that go beyond what is seen on stage and felt as traits of who she is as a musician. In 2016, she returned to Australia to continue broadening her musicianship in the cutting-edge field of Music Therapy, which she envisages will bring a new multi-dimensional approach in her performances and future endeavours as an Australian musician. Currently, she is also the Concerts Coordinator for the Friends of Music Series.

What’s the Friends of Music Series (FOMS)?

Initially known as the St. George’s Music Series, the FOMS concerts is an annual fundraising event that celebrate the talents of emerging musicians, whilst establishing the St. George’s Anglican church in Travancore as a high-quality performance venue that is accessible to the community.

Andrew Groch/ Architectonics

Andrew Groch is a passionate performer, conductor, and curator based in Melbourne, Australia. An advocate for all music new and old, he is particularly interested in using interdisciplinary and new music collaborations to break down conventional performance boundaries to create engaging audience experiences.

Currently completing a Bachelor of Music (Flute Performance), Andrew is studying with Mardi McSullea, and past teachers include Alan Hardy and Laila Engle. He has a wide range of solo, chamber, and orchestral performing experience with groups such as Melbourne Youth Orchestra.

Andrew is also an experienced conductor, previously studying with Graham Abbott, working in masterclasses with Ben Northey, Luke Dollman, and Christopher Seaman, and is currently the Deputy Conductor of the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra.

Although maintaining a broad repertory, Andrew has a growing interest in new music and commissioning works, resulting in the curation and performance in Architectonics: a concert exploring the relationship between music and architecture, involving improvisation and five newly commissioned works.

Joanna Kerr/ Collaboration Connection

Joanna Kerr is a Melbourne based vocalist, composer, lyricist, and educator. A recent graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, she continues to hone her crafts as a multifaceted musician, taking on a variety of performance projects, utilising her versatility in duo settings, larger ensembles, and experimental vocal groups. Whilst completing her Honours year at The University of Melbourne’s Conservatorium of Music, she was granted an MCM IgniteLab bursary for her project, The Collaboration Connection. In her role as curator, she continues to present various community music events and artist workshops, creating performance opportunities in a supportive environment for local original artists. With a keen ear and a penchant for melding her jazz training with pop sensibility, she adds to her prolific repertoire as a songwriter, working towards releasing her debut album.

What's the Collaboration Connection?

The Collaboration Connection was formed with the hope that we can give emerging contemporary musicians in Melbourne more opportunities to engage with their community. To provide a program that allows developing artists to work alongside established artists and their peers, to create new audiences for their original music projects and to develop connections that lead to a stronger capacity to network within the arts. Not only does The Collaboration Connection aim to assist new artists in gaining visibility and industry reach in the local contemporary music scene, but also to provide another way for performing arts students to continue developing their skills in a supportive structure as they move toward the next phase of their journey as multifaceted artists. We are also proud to be collaborating with other community initiatives and local performance venues, including the 2017 Friends of Music concert series at St. George's.

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