Kids' Proms - Magical Musical Mayhem
Sunday 20 May, 2.00 & 3.30pm
St Ives Uniting Church
Corner Douglas Street &, Mona Vale Rd, St Ives Directions
Peter Ellis: Conductor
Emily McKnight: Presenter
Individual entry (adult or child) $12
Family of four. A family of four ticket must include one child $40
The annual KPO Kids' Proms concerts feature fun-filled and entertaining orchestral music and activities that will capture the hearts, minds and imaginations of children and adults alike, while inspiring a love of music. The program is devised for children aged 3 to 8 years – with those younger and older welcome to enjoy. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to experience together an exciting adventure through some much loved classical music masterpieces as well as some well-known favourites.
Led by conductor Peter Ellis and narrator Emily McKnight, this hour-long concert is presented in an entertaining and engaging way allowing children to interact with the musicians and the conductor.
The audience will get to sample some of the most beloved and popular orchestral works by famous composers in an informal setting, perfect for those who might be new to classical music or might want to introduce someone else to it. These works will highlight the features and possibilities of each instrument and are sure to inspire those thinking of learning to play, both young and old.
The performance will include music by Kabalevsky, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Brahms, Beethoven and Holst as well as selections from film scores by Howard Blake and Christophe Beck.
The KPO Kids' Proms are a great introduction to the world of classical music, conducting and musical instruments. An enjoyable event for both the orchestra and the audience, we look forward to welcoming you to this event.
Emily McKnight is a Sydney based actor who is passionate about education and children’s entertainment.
After completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts and English at Macquarie University, she studied acting at the Actors Centre Australia, which she completed in 2015. During her studies she performed in numerous plays in theatres around Sydney.
Emily appears in the most recent season of the children’s television show Jay’s Jungle on channel 7Two as ‘Ranger Lani’ alongside Jay Laga’aia. She is currently touring nationally with the performance-based education group Poetry In Action, travelling to schools across the country and performing works based around poetry and speeches.
Another of Emily’s passions is music as she plays and teaches the flute, as well as receiving regular lessons in singing and guitar. She is very excited about presenting the KPO’s Kids’ Proms concert as it combines her loves of acting, education and music all at once!
Peter Ellis is a native of Halifax, UK and read Music at the University of Birmingham, studying violin, organ and conducting. He was Music Director of the Birmingham University Chamber Choir and also a member of the renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, performing at the BBC Proms, on BBC Radio and Channel 4 television and on the Gramophone award winning EMI recording of Syzmanowski’s King Roger.
Peter qualified in Music Education from the University of London Institute of Education in 2000 and relocated to Australia in 2002. Peter has held a number of artistic positions including Music and Artistic Director of both the Newcastle University Choir and Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra and Music Director for Tenor Australis. He has made regular guest conducting appearances for a number of leading vocal ensembles including Coro Innominata, Macquarie University Singers and the Choirs of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle and St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney. Peter also enjoyed four years as pianist for the David Jones Christmas Choir. In addition, as a participant in the Symphony Australia conductor development program, Peter conducted the Tasmanian, Adelaide and Queensland Orchestras.
Always heavily involved in church music, Peter was Assistant Organist/Director of Music at Sydney’s St. James’, King Street from 2005-2009. He directed a number of orchestral masses and also recorded and broadcast with the choir and Australian Baroque Brass. He was latterly Director of Music at St. Luke’s, Mosman from 2009 to 2015. Peter continues to make appearances as organist and harpsichord continuo player.
Peter has been Director of Choral Programs at Sydney’s Barker College since 2012. As well as direction of one of Australia’s largest school choral programs, Peter is conductor of the college’s renowned Chamber Choir. With Barker’s choirs he has performed in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Istanbul, Cannakale and Gallipoli, as well as giving the first performance outside the USA as well as the Boston and New York premieres of Eric Whitacre’s choral version of Goodnight Moon. Future tour appearances will include Edinburgh, London and Paris. Peter also directs a number of junior and alumni ensembles and teaches both middle and senior school classroom music. He is fanatically committed to music education and community outreach.
In August 2015 Peter became Music Director of Willoughby Symphony Choir. He has since conducted recordings, prepared them for performances of Beethoven 9, Christmas, Opera Gala and Promenade concerts as well as conducting 2016 Season performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Faure’s Requiem and Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass. 2017 conducting appearances will include Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the WSC and WSO and Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Other upcoming conducting appearances will include concerts with the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic and NSW Lawyers Orchestras.