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Paul Rissmann

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Paul Rissmann

Paul Rissmann was born on the Isle of Bute, Scotland and is a composer, presenter and music educationalist. He currently holds the position of Animateur with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and is Children’s Composer in Residence for Music in the Round.

Paul is passionate about music education. His work in this field has received awards from both the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Royal Television Society. In 2014 he appeared as creative director in a Channel 4 (UK) documentary Addicts’ Symphony, which explored how music can be therapeutic in overcoming addiction.

Paul’s diverse portfolio of compositions range from electronic music for Microsoft to an orchestral suite inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Paul has produced a series of highly interactive works that enable thousands of people to perform as equals with professional musicians. His composition Bamboozled for audience and orchestra has been performed by over 50,000 people – from the USA to Australia. It was performed at an Olympic Torch ceremony in the UK in 2012, in Avery Fisher Hall by the New York Philharmonic and in 2016 was broadcast round Australia by the ABC.

Paul is frequently commissioned to set children’s books to music. In 2012, Paul won a British Composer’s Award for his composition The Chimpanzees of Happytown. This piece was recently recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra with Paul as narrator, and will be released later this year.

As a concert presenter, Paul has performed with many leading orchestras in America, Australia, Europe, India, Malaysia and the Middle East

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Festival of Orchestra

Classical Sp(e)ctacular

Adelaide Showground

Wed 24 Nov 2021

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Classical Sp(e)ctacular

Some of the greatest music ever created is played by the ASO in the thrilling opening concert of the Festival – this will be a night to remember!

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Minist(r)y of S(o)und

Adelaide Showground

Fri 26 Nov 2021

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Minist(r)y of S(o)und

Prepare yourself for a celebration of the most beloved dance floor moments of the last 25 years, re-orchestrated.

Festival of Orchestra

Carmina (B)urana

Adelaide Showground

Sat 27 Nov 2021

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Carmina (B)urana

With more than 200 performers on stage, a complete performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina burana is always an epic concert event.

Festival of Orchestra

A night on B(r)oadway

Adelaide Showground

Wed 1 Dec 2021

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A night on B(r)oadway

In glittering orchestral style, the ASO will bring you some of the most exciting music ever written for Broadway, under the direction of maestro Guy Noble.

Festival of Orchestra

S(y)mphony of Angels

Adelaide Showground

Fri 3 Dec 2021

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S(y)mphony of Angels

The Angels and ASO are set to rock your world in the symphonic spectacular Symphony of Angels.

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

Matinee Series

Drama and Romance – Matinee Series 5

Elder Hall

Wed 27 Oct 2021

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Drama and Romance – Matinee Series 5

The Romance for solo violin by Norwegian composer Johan Svendsen makes for a delicate centrepiece in this emotionally charged program, which is directed from the violin by Elizabeth Layton.

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Matinee Series

Drama and Romance – Matinee Series 5

Elder Hall

Wed 27 Oct 2021

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Drama and Romance – Matinee Series 5

The Romance for solo violin by Norwegian composer Johan Svendsen makes for a delicate centrepiece in this emotionally charged program, which is directed from the violin by Elizabeth Layton.

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