Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference

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Piano Roles

I was delighted to be invited to present a session at the APPC. My choice of subject was titled Piano Roles: suggesting ways to encourage the piano student to "view" the music they produce as a medium to convey style, character, atmosphere and more. I supported my lecture/demonstration with a power point presentation - despite the increasing weight of opinion that power point presentations are contributing significantly to the demise of Western civilisation!

This vibrant and affirming week was peopled by many creative and proactive musicians, all supporting and encouraging each other's work. A conference such as this helps combat the isolation many pianists feel by the very nature of their one-to-one teaching and long hours of private piano practice.  

The highlight of the week, for me, was at the dinner. Although the food was delicious, it was surpassed by an intimate chat between the conference patron, Piers Lane OA and the special guest, Professor Ronald Farren-Price. We were all deeply moved by their heartfelt love of music and their lifelong joy in sharing music with others through teaching and performing. At the end, a spontaneous standing ovation swept the room.

53rd Hamilton Eisteddfod

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A warm week despite the weather!

I was privileged to be the official music adjudicator in an inspiring week of vibrant performances from musicians in the environs of Hamilton in Western Victoria. A comprehensive field of sections was offered and entrants ranged from solo instrumentalists, duos and classical ensembles to singers in costume, school and community choirs and a pipe band.

The community proudly supports this arts event and many thousands of dollars in prize money were awarded during the course of the week. Results were broadcast by the local radio station and printed in the independent newspaper, The Spectator. 

Although the weather was icy, the welcome was warm; many thanks to all involved.

Forthcoming Concert

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Cook & Co returns to HillHouse in East Trentham on May 17, 2015 with FRENCH CONNECTIONS. Music of elegance, imagery and sophistication will be performed by Andrew Macleod (flutes), Brock Imison (bassoon/contra bassoon) and Janis Cook (piano) with special guest, Julie Nihill (narrator). Bookings: 0428 464 225 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beethoven, Brahms and Berlin in Trentham

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A Sunday afternoon concert presented by Cook and Co in collaboration with the Trentham & District Historical Society delighted guests from near and far at HillHouse in East Trentham. The programme, which showcased the talents of the artists in various combinations, featured the great Brahms horn trio before interval and finished with an entertaining medley of Irving Berlin hits; Jasen Moulton's The Girl that I Marry horn solo, complimented by Sarah Curro's sensitive violin obligato, provided one of the many highlights. 

 

Book Launch

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THE REST has arrived in style via a memorable book launch at the Victorian Artists' Society's "Hammond Gallery".

Guests were treated to the reflections of highly regarded actress Julie Nihill on the subject of connectivity in the arts and -- by way of illustration -- her evocative readings from Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot and... the Marx Brothers! Following a segue into Janis' performance of the excerpt from Respighi's "Pines of Rome" and an informative talk about the content and purpose of the book the presentation was completed by guest soprano -- rising star, Rada Tochalna -- who gave a glorious performance of the aria "Doretta's Dream" from La Rondine, prefaced by the famous piano introduction.

 

 

 

 

 Cheese, wine, beautiful artwork, animated conversations and books signings spent the rest of the evening - an exciting event in the cultural life of Melbourne.

THE REST is now available via the shop page on this website.

 

Renowned for fine musicians and creative artistry, Cook & Co concerts are tailored events which have become popular with those who enjoy inspiring music in a relaxed format.