Lead­ers who have inspired

Townsville Bulletin - - FEATURE -

MULKADEE fes­ti­val has been such a huge suc­cess thanks to some muchloved Mulkadee lead­ers who re­turn each year with a new en­thu­si­asm for trans­form­ing groups of stu­dents of var­i­ous ages and skill lev­els into per­for­mance- ready en­sem­bles.

Among these is David Lawrence who has a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the Mulkadee Youth Arts Fes­ti­val and first be­came in­volved with Mulkadee back in 2007.

Based in the UK, David brings his in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with mass choirs all over the world to the stu­dents of Mulkadee, right here in Townsville.

He will re­turn this year to lead the Mulkadee Choir, de­liv­er­ing a range of pieces that will chal­lenge stu­dents as they learn about the in­tri­ca­cies of per­form­ing in a mass choir of up to 400 voices.

As a highly ex­pe­ri­enced per­former, David’s vi­brant per­son­al­ity de­lights and en­gages the stu­dents and adds greatly to the en­ter­tain­ment fac­tor of the Mulkadee con­cert.

Also re­turn­ing is Peter Fran­cis, who has been lead­ing the Mulkadee Band since 2010, work­ing with stu­dents and teach­ers to cre­ate both a ju­nior and se­nior con­cert ensem­ble.

Peter’s vast ex­pe­ri­ence is shared with stu­dents who en­thu­si­as­ti­cally learn through his unique and jolly style of teach­ing and en­gage­ment.

Much like his col­league David, Peter de­liv­ers an out­stand­ing per­for­mance and in­ter­acts won­der­fully with the au­di­ence, which adds to the en­ter­tain­ment of the cul­mi­nat­ing con­cert.

A rel­a­tive new­comer to Mulkadee, Paul Svo­boda joined the fes­ti­val in 2013 to lead the newly in­tro­duce guitar work­shop.

Hav­ing a very small group of stu­dents to work with, Paul’s gen­tle yet en­er­gis­ing style of teach­ing led to the guitar ensem­ble grow­ing sig­nif­i­cantly to be­come one of the most pop­u­lar com­po­nents of the Mulkadee con­cert.

Paul’s love of mu­sic, teach­ing and per­form­ing adds richly to the over­all Mulkadee ex­pe­ri­ence.

This year Syd­ney Dance Com­pany has also been en­gaged to lead the dance pro­gram. As one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing con­tem­po­rary dance com­pa­nies and with sell­out per­for­mances in Townsville last year, the Mulkadee pro­gram is set to ex­pe­ri­ence a unique dance con­cept. Four dance ex­perts will be lead­ing stu­dents in the cre­ation of a dance piece specif­i­cally for the Mulkadee Youth Arts Fes­ti­val.

Na­tional In­sti­tute of Drama Art ( NIDA) has long been looked upon as Aus­tralia’s most pres­ti­gious per­form­ing arts agency. As a leader in the field, of­fer­ing ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing in per­form­ing arts and the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, NIDA has many suc­cess sto­ries in­clud­ing Toni Col­lette, Mel Gib­son, Cate Blanchett and Baz Luhrman, to name a few.

Sean Hall, Mar­garet Breen, Ju­lian Curtis, Daniella La­cob and Jack El­lis will be work­ing with drama stu­dents in this year’s Mulkadee pro­gram, bring­ing an in­cred­i­ble wealth of in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence and de­liv­er­ing mem­o­rable cre­ative ex­pe­ri­ences for those with a pas­sion for the per­form­ing arts.

Pic­tures: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

Lead­ing the way ( from bot­tom) Paul Svo­boda, Peter Fran­cis and David Lawrence.

Townsville stu­dents en­joy all the ac­tion of the Mulkadee Youth Arts Fes­ti­val.

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