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Meet the AYO Episode 23 | Lachlan Skipworth, composer and Greg Barrett, photographer. 

Last month, Momentum Ensemble premiered a newly commissioned work by composer Lachlan Skipworth and photographer Greg Barrett. We caught up with them both on the AYO podcast to discuss their creative process, and working together from a blank canvas.

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Meet the AYO Episode 22 | Holly Harrison, composer

A unique part of touring overseas is having the opportunity to share Australian music with the rest of the world. During the tour AYO performed Sydney-based composer Holly Harrison’s ‘Frumious’ in Germany, China and Australia. We caught up with Holly to discover more about the work.

Meet the AYO Episode 21 | Daniel Carter, conductor

What is the role of an Associate Conductor? We caught up with Daniel Carter to find out more about his role in preparing the orchestra, and the process of passing the baton to the next conductor.


Meet the AYO Episode 20 | Words About Music Feature: Josh Winestock, composer

Josh Winestock recently completed his composition studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is a member of new music group ‘Spiral’. Words About Music participant Stella Joseph-Jarecki sat down with Josh to discuss how he found himself composing, the challenges of creating music, and his piece Long Nights.

Meet the AYO Episode 19 | Words About Music Feature: Rhys Little, composer

Rhys Little is currently studying composition at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and has worked with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Words About Music participant Stella Joseph-Jarecki sat down with Rhys to discuss how he found himself composing, the challenges of creating music, and his piece 'Folded Sky'.

Meet the AYO Episode 18 | Words About Music Feature: Tom Misson, composer

Tom Misson is a composer from Tasmania who has had his music played on ABC Classic FM and performed by the Hobart Wind Symphony. Words About Music participant Stella Joseph-Jarecki sat down with Tom to discuss how he found himself composing, the challenges of creating music, and his work Three Pieces for Orchestra.

Meet the AYO Episode 17 | Words About Music Feature: On Falla

An introduction to Manuel de Falla’s much-loved ballet score 'The Three-Cornered Hat', featuring a performance of Suite No.2, live from AYO National Music Camp 2019.   

Meet the AYO Episode 16 | Words About Music Feature: Bringing Back the Melody

During National Music Camp, Christopher Healey, fellow composer and member of the Words About Music team, met with composer Melody Eötvös to discuss her music, the business of composing and the future of the art form.

Meet the AYO Episode 15 | Words About Music Feature: The Question of Balance

Many aspiring musicians make more than music. Anna Goldsworthy, one of the artists-in-residence at AYO National Music Camp in 2019, manages many simultaneous careers – as author, journalist and musician. In this podcast, Madi Chwasta and Stella Joseph-Jarecki, of the National Music Camp Words About Music team, talked to Anna about the 'portfolio career' life and what advice she has for people aspiring to take on a range of creative challenges.

Meet the AYO Episode 14 | Words About Music Feature: What every trumpeter should know...

Two tremendous Australian trumpet players took part in AYO National Music Camp 2019 – David Elton, principal trumpet in the London Symphony Orchestra, was Artist-in-Residence, and Brent Grapes, his counterpart in the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, was trumpet tutor. Words About Music participant (and occasional trumpeter) Christopher Healey, grasped this rare opportunity and talked to these outstanding musicians about their work, their technique, their practice routine…and of course mouthpieces.

Meet the AYO Episode 13 | Words About Music Feature: The Stage of Anxiety

Adam Weitzer in conversation with camp participants Kate Mostert (oboe) and Jason Henery (double bass), and tutor Sharon Grigoryan (cello). Performance anxiety affects performers of all ages, both student and professional. In this podcast Adam Weitzer, of the AYO National Music Camp Words About Music program, sat down with some musicians from the orchestral program to hear their perspectives on how performance anxiety affects them, and how they deal with it.

Meet the AYO Episode 12 | Miki Tsunoda, violinist

Ahead of her performance of Max Richter’s Recomposed with Momentum Ensemble, violinist Miki Tsunoda joined us to discuss the growing art of reworking classical greats into modern masterpieces.

Meet the AYO Episode 11 | Piers Lane, pianist and artistic director

AYO Chamber Players Artistic Director Piers Lane joined us to talk about what's in store at our upcoming chamber music concerts at Elder Hall.

Meet the AYO Episode 10 | Courtney Lewis, conductor

Conductor Courtney Lewis will lead the Australian Youth Orchestra as they perform works by Britten, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Ahead of the concerts, we caught up with Courtney to find out a little more about the repertoire we'll be hearing.

Meet the AYO Episode 9 | Alice Morgan, saxophonist, and James Nightingale, AYO tutor

Alice Morgan joins AYO's woodwind section to perform these pieces at our upcoming concerts, and we caught up with Alice and her tutor James Nightingale to hear their thoughts on the use of saxophone in an orchestral setting.   

Meet the AYO Episode 8 | Emily Beauchamp & James Chen, violinists

Violinists Emily and James describe their masterclass with Australian World Orchestra violinist, Anne Harvey-Nagl.

Meet the AYO Episode 7 | Lucy Reeves, teacher of the Alexander Technique

We caught up with harpist and AYO tutor Lucy Reeves to hear about her work with the Alexander Technique.

Meet the AYO Episode 6 | Sarah Elise Thompson, composer

The last in a mini-series of podcasts, featuring the four composers from 2018 AYO National Music Camp.

Meet the AYO Episode 5 | Christopher Pantelidis, composer

The third in a mini-series of podcasts, featuring the four composers from 2018 AYO National Music Camp.

Meet the AYO Episode 4 | Michael Grebla, composer

The second in a mini-series of podcasts, featuring the four composers from 2018 AYO National Music Camp.

Meet the AYO Episode 3 | Kym Dillon, composer

The first in a mini-series of podcasts, featuring the four composers from 2018 AYO National Music Camp.

Meet the AYO Episode 2 | James Crabb, accordionist

In this episode we were joined by the director of Momentum Ensemble's Seven Last Words concerts; accordionist James Crabb.

Meet the AYO Episode 1 | Diana Doherty, oboist

We caught up with AYO Alumna and Principal Oboist of Sydney Symphony Orchestra to talk about her upcoming collaboration with the Australian Youth Orchestra for our July Season concerts.