Author Archives: johnofoz

About johnofoz

An occasional correspondent, with particular interest in music.

.@MusicaVivaAU releases its 2017 programs

It is the time of year when all and sundry make their bids for your subscription dollars. Today it is Musica Viva’s turn. Your correspondent will leave it to others to have their say on the detail of the 2017 … Continue reading

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Nothing New Under the Sun (at least not in tax and politics)

Your correspondent does not generally comment on the politics of the day. Wouldn’t want the trolls to get restless. But the current brouhaha over the States taking on some income tax responsibility jogged my memory: did not the inestimable Sir … Continue reading

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Emma Ayres in Afghanistan: Another Story of Passion and Generosity

Emma Ayres’ recent interview on ABC TV’s “The Weekly” with Charlie Pickering has been roundly admired and praised. Your correspondent was as delighted as anyone to see the interview and hear Emma’s stories. There is another wonderful story of Emma’s … Continue reading

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Saving the World, One Class at a Time: Thoughts prompted by Richard Gill at the Peggy Glanville Hicks Address

Back in 2007, your correspondent drafted a blog post about teaching music to primary students. The blog never saw the light of day. Or night for that matter. But the issue was placed in intense focus last Monday when Richard … Continue reading

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Letter to a Young Singer

Your correspondent has jut spent a busy week in Melbourne enjoying the intense experience that is the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. The experience has again focussed the mind on the challenges of musical competition and the subjective influences which … Continue reading

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From the Chook Shed: Senator Brandis Supports Dead White Roosters

Oh, my goodness! The sky is falling. Yes, really. Your correspondent has been talking to Chicken Little. Chicken Little, as you will all be aware is a creation of the Creative Industries: a visual artist and writer was involved in … Continue reading

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It’s Official: Age of Entitlement Over at Opera Australia

It’s early morning the Friday after New Year. Lyndon Terracotta, Artistic Director of Bopopera Australia, has come in early to his waterfront office to be greeted by a curt text from his PA: “Mr T! You’re on Slipped Disc again. … Continue reading

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