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Will this event go ahead in the case of rain?

This event will proceed in the case of light rain. If there is severe weather (including heavy rain or strong winds), we will contact ticket holders directly via SMS.

Will there be food and drinks available?

There will be a range of bars and food trucks available from 6pm when gates open.

Do I need to bring my own chair?

No, this a seated venue with chairs provided. If you are seated in the Steps, you are encouraged to bring your own cushion for comfort.

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Martin Butler

  • Time at ASO 31 years
  • Instrument Conductor
Martin Butler

Martin Butler was born in London and began learning the violin at the age of eight.  When he was 11, Martin received a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music.  After leaving school he studied music composition at Surrey University under Reginald Smith-Brindle and Robin Maconie, graduating with a first-class Honours and a Masters Degree.  Martin then worked as a keyboard player in a rock band for a couple of years.  He also worked as a peripatetic violin teacher for the Inner London Education Authority.  In 1981 he moved to Portugal, where he was a violinist in the ‘Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos’ in Lisbon.  During the nine years Martin lived and worked in Portugal he was able to pursue many other musical interests, including arranging music for various ensembles and playing jazz violin.  Together with a Polish violinist, Martin formed a strolling gypsy duo and worked throughout Portugal as well as performing on many Mediterranean cruises. He worked as an assistant teacher for the Tibor Varga School in Portugal.

Martin has been playing as a violist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra since he arrived in Australia in 1990 with his wife, Shirin Lim (principal violin ASO).

From 1994-2008 Martin was a conductor of the Burnside Symphony Orchestra (one of Adelaide’s community orchestras).  He has also conducted at State Music Camp, workshops for the Australian String Teachers’ Association, Suzuki music camps and at many schools around Adelaide.

As well as performing as a violist in the ASO, Martin is currently involved in youth music in Adelaide as an educator, conductor and arranger.  He has conducted and arranged music for the ASO in both education and community concerts.  During the past four years Martin has arranged, presented and conducted a week of community centre concerts as part of the ASO Community Outreach program.

He regularly gives pre-concert talks for the ASO Masters concert series.

He is currently the director of the Adelaide Youth Strings (a part of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra organisation) which he started in 2001.  He is also Head of Strings at Concordia College..  He is a member of ‘The Desperados’, a trio formed with other ASO players, which performs arrangements of classic rock, jazz and gypsy music on violin, accordion and string bass.

In 2018 Martin was awarded an OAM for services to music education.

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Festival of Orchestra

Blu(e) Planet II

Adelaide Showground

Sat 4 Dec 2021

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Blu(e) Planet II

Immerse yourself in Blue Planet II, Live in Concert, an awe-inspiring and epic experience on a giant screen, set to the mesmerising score by Hans Zimmer, and hosted by Dr Karl

Festival of Orchestra

Blu(e) Planet II

Adelaide Showground

Sat 4 Dec 2021

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Blu(e) Planet II

Immerse yourself in Blue Planet II, Live in Concert, an awe-inspiring and epic experience on a giant screen, set to the mesmerising score by Hans Zimmer, and hosted by Dr Karl

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