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Tuesday, April 03, 2018 10:20am

Marcus Allum - From Petrushka to Pierrot


Marcus Allum is a senior student at Woodville High, and a talented young clarinet player. In 2016 he took part in the first of these ground-breaking creative projects, The Petrushka Project, and in 2018 has returned to take part in The Pierrot Project. Marcus hopes to go on and study music, and has been involved in our Professional Pathways development program, and in 2017 was one of our inaugural Advocates.

Marcus reflects on his experience in The Petrushka Project, and what he is looking forward to with The Pierrot Project.

After participating in The Petrushka Project in 2016 I knew that I had to apply for The Pierrot Project in 2018.  I had learnt so many things from Paul Rissmann and the ASO Mentors and met so many new people that I can hands down say it was one of the best experiences of my life so far.

Marcus Allum on clarinet (standing on left) performing in The Petrushka Project in 2016.

During The Petrushka Project I learnt so much about Stravinsky’s composing and thoughts behind Petrushka that if I were to get a similar level of understanding for Pulcinella and Pierrot Lunaire it would be more than worth my time! Another big stand out for The Pierrot Project this year will be meeting more new people and then hopefully in future being able to see them around at other events like ASO concerts, and be able catchup like I have done with the participants of The Petrushka Project.


I am really excited for The Pierrot Project and can’t wait for what Paul Rissmann has in store for us. This year we’re also working with students from the Elder Conservatorium who are lucky to be mentored by Paul. I’m looking forward to creating some new music over the week and performing it on-stage alongside the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and to share our exciting new creations with the audience in the finale concert!


The Petrushka Project Finale Concert is on Tue 24 Apr, 7pm at Elder Hall. Experience the achievement of Marcus and the other participants in this exciting finale concert. Tickets $20/$22 and family of 4 $75.


Words: Marcus Allum

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