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from An Australian Night At The Proms October 2001.

Welcome to the 'mobile-friendly' site of the Melbourne Philharmonic and Composer-Conductor Paul Coppens. Founded in 1973, the orchestra is a professional free-lance ensemble which works on a seasonal basis (currently in recess).

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Background

`An Australian Night At The Proms` took place on 5 October 2001 at the Sydney Super Dome in the presence of 12,000 enthusiastic 'prommers'. Based on the famous London concerts dating back to 1895 and performed in the Royal Albert Hall since World War II, this programme featured an all-Australian cast including the 80-member Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, The Proms Chorus and compere Bert Newton.

During 1999 it provided the orchestras for the Australian Tour of the English National Ballet's arena production of Swan Lake and in 1996 organised the Perth Orchestra for the arena production of Aida in that city. It was in 1994 that the Orchestra was engaged by the Freemasons Hospital in Melbourne to present 'The Beatles Revisited' in both Melbourne and Sydney as a fund-raiser for their Cancer Clinic.

In 1991 the Orchestra toured with Rudolf Nureyev on his last Australian Tour and in 1989 the Orchestra was engaged to perform at the Centenary of Freemasonry in Victoria Concert. During 1987 the Orchestra was involved in the three-month tour of the Bolshoi Ballet in Australia and New Zealand and accompanied them again in 1992.

In 1980 the Orchestra presented its first 'An Evening in Vienna' series at the Hobart Wrest Point Casino and in the following year commenced its Country Tour programmes which eventually took the Orchestra all over Australia and to two seasons at the Jakarta Hilton.

These tours covered over 150 different country centres throughout Australia, averaged thirty performances a year over a six-year period and reached an audience in excess of 160,000. All tours were generally sponsored by Rotary and/or Apex Clubs.

Programmes included 'An Evening in Vienna', 'The Best of Broadway', 'The Great Light Classics', 'An Evening of Comedy with Gilbert & Sullivan', and Handel's oratorio 'The Messiah'.

During this period, the Orchestra accompanied the initial 'Carols in the Domain'(Sydney), accompanied Abel Gance's 1927 silent movie classic Napoleon in both Melbourne and Sydney, and for three consecutive years was engaged by the Regent Hotels (Melbourne & Sydney) to perform a traditional Viennese New Year's Eve Ball.

The Melbourne Chamber Orchestra presented its inaugural concert season on 5th September 1973 in St Hilda's College, University of Melbourne, conducted by its founder Paul Coppens. Over the next two years it presented a series of concerts each year as well as accompany a number of choral, opera and ballet companies.

In 1975, during an interstate ballet tour with Ballet Victoria featuring Barishnikov & Makarova, it presented its first interstate concert tour, with concerts in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. It featured soloists Jiri Tancibudek (Oboe), Anne Care (Bassoon), Concertmaster Ladislav Jasek and cellist John Kennedy in Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante in Bb.

During the next decade, although it presented a number of concerts under its own name, its activities became more and more part of the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, until 1989, when Rantos Collegium Inc. was given the rights to trade as the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

Under the direction of Spiros Rantos, the orchestra rapidly gained a high reputation for its concert seasons in Melbourne as well as in country Victoria. It regularly accompanied the Victoria State Opera seasons in country areas and was frequently featured at the Melbourne International Festival as well as festivals in Italy, Greece, Korea and Japan.

In 1975, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra formed the nucleus for the inaugural concert season of the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, at 'Summer In The City' concerts in January/February of that year (Concertmaster Ladislav Jasek) and during March that year performed for Rick Wakeman's Australian tour of Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.

Since then and until 1999 it accompanied most of the international ballet and opera companies which have toured Australia and New Zealand.

These included the Stuttgart Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet (three seasons), the Perm Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the London Festival Ballet (two seasons), the Stars of World Ballet (two seasons), the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and the Berlin Komischen Oper Ballet.

From 1977 till 1979 the Orchestra presented a series of Johann Strauss concerts for the Melbourne Moomba Festival in both Melbourne and Sydney (the Melbourne Town Hall and Sydney Town Hall).

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Concert Tours 1980-1986

YEARMONTHLOCATIONPROGRAMMEWEEKSTOWNSPERF
1980 April Tas Evening In Vienna 1 1 3
1982 August Nsw & Qld Evening In Vienna 4 22 22
1983 July Nsw & Qld Best Of Broadway 5 27 27
October Jakarta Hilton Evening In Vienna 1 1 3
Oct-Nov WA Evening In Vienna 3 16 16
1984 Jun-Jul Nsw & Qld Evening In Vienna 6 32 32
Aug-Sep Nsw Great Classics 3 16 16
Sept Jakarta Hilton Evening In Vienna 1 1 3
Sep-Oct WA Best Of Broadway 6 30 30
1985 Feb-Mar Vic & Nsw Comedy with G&S 3 17 17
Jul-Aug Nsw & Sa Comedy with G&S 5 25 25
Nov-Dec Vic & Nsw "The Messiah" 2 8 8
1986 April Nsw Best Of Broadway 2 8 8


Places 1980-1986

Adelaide Sa
Albany Wa
Alpha Qld
Ararat Vic
Armadale Nsw
Ayr Qld
 
Bairnsdale Vic
Ballarat Vic
Bankstown Nsw
Batemans Bay Nsw
Beaudesert Qld
Biloela Qld
Blackwater Qld
Blayney Nsw
Bridgetown Sa
Brisbane Qld
Broken Hill Nsw
Broome Wa
Bunbury Wa
Caboolture Qld
Cabramatta Nsw
Caloundra Nsw
Campbelltown Nsw
Camberwell Vic
Camperdown Vic
Canberra Act
Carnarvon Wa
Castle Hill Nsw
Chinchilla Qld
Clare Sa
Cobram Vic
Coffs Harbour Nsw
Coonamble Nsw
Corowa Nsw
Cowra Nsw
Croydon Vic
Cue Wa
Dalwallinu Wa
Dee-Why Nsw
Deniliquin Nsw
Derby Wa
Dubbo Nsw
Dysart Qld
Emerald Qld
Esperance Wa


Forbes Nsw





Geelong Vic
Geraldton Wa
Gladstone Qld
Glen Innes Nsw
Gosford Nsw
Grafton South Nsw
Griffith Nsw
Gulgong Nsw
Gunnedah Nsw
Gympie Qld
Hay Nsw
Hobart Tas
Hornsby Nsw




Inverell Nsw










Kadinia Sa
Karatha Wa
Katanning Wa
Katherine Nt
Kempsey Nsw
Kingaroy Qld
Kingston Sa
Kulin Wa
Kununurra Nt
Leongatha Vic
Lithgow Nsw
Lismore Nsw
Longreach Qld


Mansfield Vic
Margaret River Wa
Melbourne Vic
Merimbula Nsw
Merredin Wa
Mildura Vic
Millicent Sa
Moorabbin Vic
Moree Nsw
Mount Barker Wa
Mount Isa Qld
Mount Morgan Qld
Murwillumbah Nsw
Narrandera Nsw
Newman Wa
Newcastle Nsw
Nhill Vic


Oberon Nsw
Ongerup Wa
Orange Nsw




Paddington Nsw
Pakenham Vic
Parkes Nsw
Penrith Nsw
Perth Wa
Peterborough Sa
Pialba Qld
Pinjarra Wa
Port Headland Wa
Port Macquarie Nsw
Port Pirie Sa






Ravensthorpe Wa
Revesby Nsw
Richmond Qld
Robinvale Vic
Rockhampton Qld
Rockingham Wa


Sawtell Nsw
Scone Nsw
Seymour Vic
Shepparton Vic
Swan Hill Vic
Sydney Nsw


Taree Nsw
Tenant Creek Nt
Tom Price Wa
Toodyay Wa
Toowoomba Qld
Traralgon Vic
Tweed Heads Nsw












Wagga Wagga Vic
Walcha Nsw
Warragul Vic
Warren Vic
Warrnambool Vic
Wentworth Nsw
Wentworthville Nsw
West Wyalong Nsw
Windsor Nsw
Wongan Hills Wa
Wonthaggi Vic
Whyalla Sa






Yarram Vic
Young Nsw










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  • Ballet Victoria
  • Berlin Komisches Oper Ballet
  • Bolshoi Ballet (three seasons) *
  • English National Ballet *
  • Harlem Dance Theatre *
  • London Festival Ballet (two seasons) *
  • London's Royal Ballet *
  • Maya Pliyetskaya & Stars - Russian Ballet *
  • Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet *
  • Stars Of The Bolshoi Ballet
  • Stars Of World Ballet (two seasons) *
  • Stuttgart Ballet Company *
  • Tchaikovsky Ballet from Perm *
  • * Edgley International presentations
  • AIDA Arena Production
    (Singapore, Perth, Auckland & Brisbane) *
  • D'Oyly Carte Opera Company *
  • International Stage Productions' Season
    'Cox & Box/HMS Pinafore'
  • National Opera Theatre
  • Royal Shakespeare Company *
  • Susan Steele's production 'Say It With Music'
  • Victoria State Opera
  • * Edgley International presentations
  • 'ANZAC Dawn' 2015 Chorus
  • ANZAC Military Tattoo 2006 Choir
  • Australian Last Night At The Proms 2001 Choir
  • ANZAC Military Tattoo 1999 Choir
  • Buderim Male Choir
  • Hot Ginger Chorus
  • Melbourne Chorale
  • 'Rhapsody' Women's Choir
  • Tudor Choristers
  • Melbourne University Choral Society
  • Monash University Choral Society
  • Australian Night At The Proms 2001
    Sydney Super Dome
  • ANZAC Military Tattoo 1999 and 2006
  • Abel Gance's 1927 Classic
    Silent Film 'Napoleon'
  • Carols In The Domain(Sydney)
  • Centenary of Freemasonry in Victoria
  • Laser Fantasia
  • Melbourne Moomba Festival
  • Rialto Towers (Melbourne) Opening Ceremony
  • Rick Wakeman Australian Tour

Biography

Composer - Conductor

Born in Brabant (The Netherlands), he emigrated with his family to Australia in 1955 and, after part time music studies and private tuition, he left Australia in 1970 for Europe, graduating in Conducting in 1972 at the Graz Music University, Austria.

In 1973 he returned to Australia and founded the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the nucleus of the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, which he founded in 1975. He has since conducted this Orchestra in more than 350 concerts in almost 150 cities throughout Australia (mainly in co-operation with Rotary Clubs).

Between 1974 and 1999 he was Music Director/Assistant Conductor/Administrator of Orchestras with the Edgley organisation, working with many of the international ballet and opera companies which have visited Australia and New Zealand. As Conductor he has worked with many choirs and orchestras and has worked in productions of ballet, opera, operetta and musical comedy. Highlight was the arena production of 'Aida' (1996-97) which performed in Singapore, Perth, Auckland and Brisbane.

Rehearsing Anzac Dawn Chorus March 2015

From 1999 onwards he was Music Director/conductor of a number of productions including 'Australian Night At The Proms'(2001), two Military Tattoos(1999 and 2006), Concert Of The Century (Townsville 2006), 'Up The Tiber Without A Toga'(Caloundra 2010), 'A Buderim Cantata' (Buderim 2012), 'Gallipoli Dawn' (Sunshine Coast 2015) and a short film 'The Rosie Side Of Love' (2018).

Since then he has concentrated on translating his administrative experiences into a software programme which will also help and facilitate further performances of 'Gallipoli Dawn' around Australia and New Zealand.

Music will always be part of his activities so he did get involved in orchestrating some original folk music from Townsville. As well he wrote original music for the Currimundi Special School's Concert in November 2019 'Thunderstorm Dancing', inspired by the children's book of the same name.

Paul and David Crewe discussing 'Anzac Dawn' in November 2014.

At the beginning of 2015 he completed composing the music for 'ANZAC Dawn' (words by David Crewe) for the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show, with financial support from the Queensland State Anzac Centenary Grants Programme and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council. It has been renamed 'Gallipoli Dawn' for future performances.

The world premiere season was held during the Agricultural Show each evening on June 12,13 and 14 with 60 actors, the Maleny Light Horse Brigade, the 90-member Anzac Dawn Chorus and the 30-member Sunshine Brass as well as the Melbourne Philharmonic Virtual Orchestra.
Paul and David Crewe creating 'Alladin' in August 2011.

From 2010 to 2016 he composed and conducted the music for six pantomimes, Cinderella:The Untold Story, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Robin Hood & Babes In The Wood, Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp and Cinderella: The Sequel.

These were commisioned by the Maleny Players with the words by David Crewe, who also directed the productions at the Maleny Community Centre in December of each year. Since his departure from Maleny in 2016, sadly Maleny no longer produces pantomimes. David, now residing in Keri-Keri New Zealand, has continued with his work there.

Cast of 'Buderim Cantata' in Matthew Flinders Arts Centre Buderim November 2012.

During October 2013 he completed 'Buderim Cantata - I Am The Mountain', commissioned by the Buderim Male Choir (with generous financial support from the Buderim Foundation) celebrating Buderim's 150 Anniversary. The words are by David Crewe. It was performed in November 2013 in Queensland at the Coolum Civic Centre and at the Matthew Flinders Performance Centre, Buderim.

Performers included Hot Ginger Chorus, Buderim Male Choir, Classic Clarinets Of Brisbane, a percussion ensemble, narrator David Crewe, soprano Betty Stokes and baritone Eddy Weir. Highlight of the Cantata was the song "The Gingerbread Man".

In 2010 he wrote the musical comedy 'Up The Tiber Without A Toga' with playwright John Cundill, which had its world premiere season with five performances at the Caloundra Events Centre in October 2010 under the auspices of the Maleny Rotary Club.

Solo cast included Chris Fennesy(Marcus Antony), Sarah Knight(Cleo), George Symonds(Oraculus), Jenny Keys(Statilia), Jennifer Rousset(Donnabella), Helen Duffy(Octavia), Ellisa Finn(Lucretia) Michael Healy(Minimus), Darren Heskes(Maximus), Paul Richardson(Hilarius) and David Schulze(Ludricus).

Supporting cast included the 24-member Chorus, the 6-member 'Imanzi'(African Retine) and the Brisbane Chamber Orchestra with Concertmaster Spiros Rantos. Director and Choreographer was Virginia Mason and the Executive Producer was Bob Hall.

Musical Works

  • For Orchestra And Narrator
  • Inspired by the children's book of the same name
    and with permission by Katrina Germain and Judy Watson.
    Written for Currimundi Special Schools 2019 Concert.
  • Computer-generated sound track using images from the book and narrated by Stephany Cowell.
  • Time: 6 min
  • Content
  • For Orchestra
  • A few melodies freely arranged and developed from
    tunes written by Vreni Murphy and now in the
    'Second Collection' of 'Tunes From The Tropics'.
  • Computer-generated audio using Finale26 and Vienna Instruments.
  • Time: 7 min
  • Content
  • Orchestral film score
  • Written for a short movie entered into Tropfest 2018
    directed by Therese Westbrook with the orchestral
    score realised with the MPO Virtual Orchestra.
  • Computer-generated audio using Finale26 and Vienna Instruments.
  • Time: 7 min
  • Content
  • For Soloists, Vocal Ensembles and Orchestra
  • A Pantomime in 2 Acts with words by David Crewe. Commissioned by the Maleny Players(2015).
  • Time: 100 min
  • ACT I
    • 1. Overture (Orchestra)
    • 2. Life Is Grand In The Hinterland (Chorus)
    • 3. I'm The Childcatcher (Childcatcher & Igor)
    • 4. It's Time For You To Marry, Harry (Groupies)
  • ACT II
    • 5. Entr'acte (Instrumental)
    • 6. The Royal Wave (Felabella & Women)
    • 10. The Magical Key (Cinderella, Prince & Children)
    • 11. Finale - Life Is Grand In The Hinterland (Chorus)
  • For Soloists, Vocal Ensembles and Orchestra
  • A Pantomime in 2 Acts with words by David Crewe. Commissioned by the Maleny Players(2014).
  • Time: 100 min
  • ACT I
    • 1. Prelude(Orchestra)
    • 2. Let's Celebrate(Chorus of Courtiers)
    • 6. Malvoleena(Malvoleena & Hogoblins)
    • 9. The Gift Of Giving (Fairies).
    • 10. Let's Celebrate (Dance)
    • 11. The Gift Of Giving (Instrumental)
    • 12. Only A Mother Knows(Queen)
    • 15. Finale Act 1 (Instrumental)
  • ACT II
    • 16. Interlude(Instrumental)
    • 19. Friday Is My Day(Aurora & Chorus)
    • 22. Now You're Talking Strine(Aurora & Bruce)
    • 25. Now You're Talking Strine.(Chorus)
  • For Soloists, Vocal Ensembles and Orchestra
  • A Pantomime in 2 Acts with words by David Crewe. Commissioned by the Maleny Players(2013).
  • Time: 120 min
  • For Soloists, Vocal Ensembles and Orchestra
  • A Pantomime in 2 Acts with words by David Crewe. Commissioned by the Maleny Players(2012).
  • Time: 120 min
  • ACT I
    • 1. Sherwood Forest Is Our Home(Chorus)
    • 2. The Babes Song(Teeny & Weeny)
    • 3. Bad King John (Chorus)
    • 4. Oh Lucky Star (Maid Marion).
    • 5. Dirty Deeds (Slippery Sam,Dangerous Dan)
    • 6. I\'ve Got A Fiendish Plan(Sheriff)
    • 7. Without You(Maid Marion)
  • ACT II
    • 8. No Match For Robin Hood(Chorus)
    • 9. To Change My Name(Quintet)
    • 10. Longing To Be Free (Children)
    • 11. No More Goodbyes (Duet)
    • 12. Ice Cream (Trio)
    • 13. I\'ll Never Get Lost Again (Duet)
    • 14. Finale-Sherwood Forest Was Our Home.(Chorus)
  • For Soloists, Vocal Ensembles and Orchestra
  • A Pantomime in 2 Acts with words by David Crewe.
    Showing main musical numbers only(2011).
  • Time: 120 min
  • ACT I
    • 1. The Wonderful World Of Aladdin
    • 2. It's Happened To Me (Aladdin & Princess)
    • 3. Welcome To Our Market Square (Full Company)
    • 5. The Emperor Is Near.
    • 8. I've Got No Resistance (Aladdin & Princess)
    • 9. A Life On The Street (Orphans)
    • 10. Ice Cream
    • 12. Keepers Of The Cave (Quartet)
    • 13. I'm Not Just A Genie
  • ACT II
    • 14. Now You're Here
    • 15. Men Do Have Their Uses (Trio)
    • 19. It's Not Fun Being Evil (Abanazer)
    • 20. It's So Hard (Duet)
    • 22. Danse d'Alliance (Ballet)
    • 23. Finale - (Full Company)
  • For Soloists, Vocal Ensembles, piano, trumpet & tuba
  • A Pantomime in 2 Acts with words by David Crewe(2010).
    showing main numbers only.
  • Time: 120 min
  • ACT I
    • 17. Finale - Let The Trumpets Sound
  • ACT II
    • 37. Postludium (Curtain Calls)
  • For Voice, Flute and String Quartet
  • Themes by Tibetan singer/musician Tenzin Choegyal (2004).
  • Performed by Tenzin Choegyal in the Brisbane Town Hall October 2004.
    Accompanied by the Rantos String Quartet.
  • Time: 12 min
  • For various Ensembles
  • Dedicated to Spiros Rantos and Brachi Tilles (2004).
  • Computer-generated sound track using Finale-Gigastudio3.
  • Time: 1 min
  • Instrumentation
  • For Violin and Piano
  • Dedicated to Spiros Rantos and Brachi Tilles (2004).
  • Computer-generated sound track using Finale-Gigastudio3.
  • Time: 5.5 min
  • Content
  • For Orchestra
  • On a theme from the film score 'Malcolm' (2004).Computer-generated sound track using Finale-Gigastudio3.
  • Time: 10 min
  • Content
  • For Choir and Orchestra.
  • A collection of traditional songs from mainly Dutch Brabant (2001).
    Its title comes from the first song based on Brabants Lied.
  • Time: 16 min
  • No.1 Mijn Brabant
    • Male Choir Vocal Score (TTBB)
    • Mixed Choir Vocal Score (SATB)
  • No.2 Aan Den Nacht
    • Male Choir Vocal Score(TTBB)
    • Mixed Choir Vocal Score (SATB)
  • For Choir and Orchestra
  • A collection of traditional songs from mainly Dutch Brabant (2000).
  • Computer-generated sound track using Finale-Gigastudio3.
  • Time: 31 min
  • No.1 Wat Voor Vijand
    • Male Choir Vocal Score (TTBB)
    • Mixed Choir Vocal Score (SATB)
  • No.2 't Ros Beijaard
    • Male Choir Vocal Score (TTBar1Bar2BB)
    • Mixed Choir Vocal Score (SSATTB)
  • No.3 Berg Op Zoom
    • Male Choir Vocal Score (TTBB)
    • Mixed Choir Vocal Score (SATB)
  • No.4 Allen Die Willen Naar Island Gaan
    • Male Choir Vocal Score (TTBB)
    • Mixed Choir Vocal Score (SATB)
  • No.5 Het Loze Vissertje
    • Male Choir Vocal Score (TTBB)
    • Mixed Choir Vocal Score (SATB)
  • For large Orchestra
  • Based on Dutch folk melodies.
    In memory of my mother(1999).
  • Time: 21 min
  • For Three Brass Groups
  • Written for the Anzac Military Tattoo-Sydney 3-8 Nov 1999.
    Performed by the fanfare brass groups of:
    the RAAF Band (Richmond),
    the Army Band Sydney and
    the Band of the Royal Coldstream Guards (1999).
  • Time: 1.5 min
  • For Organ solo
  • Based on Dutch folk melodies and in memory of my mother (1998).
  • Time: 12 min
  • For Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra.
  • Lyrics from C.J. Dennis 'The Moods of Ginger Mick' (1997).
  • Time: 23 min
  • Content
    • Allegro moderato
  • For Baritone and Orchestra.
  • Lyrics from C.J. Dennis 'Songs of a Sentimental Bloke' (1994).
  • Computer-generated sound track using Finale & Gigastudio3
    Substituting the violoncello for the baritone voice.
  • Time: 15 min
  • Content
  • For Orchestra.
  • Commissioned by the Centenary Committee of Freemasonry in Victoria.
    Written to accompany Ross Skiffingtons Grand Magic Company.
    Performed by the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Coppens March (1989).
  • Time: 12 min
  • An Opera for Children for 6 Voices and Piano.
  • Commissioned by the Ringwood Theatre Company.
    Performed by them in January 1988 and conducted by the composer (1987).
  • Time: 60 min
  • For Orchestra or Military Band.
  • Commissioned by the Rialto Towers Management for the official opening of their building in 1986.
    Performed by the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Coppens June 1986.
    Arranged for Military Band and performed by the Melbourne Army Band November 1991 (1986).
  • Time: 11 min
  • Film score for Orchestra.
  • Commissioned by David Parker/Nadia Tass for their film.
    Digital recording with the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Coppens (1985).
  • Time: 72 min
  • For Orchestra
  • Uses many popular Broadway melodies and performed in programmes by the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra (1984).
  • Time: 7.5 min
  • For Brass and Percussion.
  • Performed at various Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra's functions (1983).
  • Time: 2 min
  • For Two Trumpets and Organ.
  • (1982)
  • Time: 3 min
  • For Flute, Harp & String Trio.
  • Commissioned by Lisa Roberts for her short film \'Still Lifes\'.
    First live performance at Music In The Round 1983 (1982).
  • Time: 8 min
  • Concert Suite for String Quartet and Percussion.
  • (1981)
  • Time: 20 min
  • Ballet for String Quartet and Percussion.
  • Commissioned by the Australian Contemporary Dance Theatre.
    Choreographer Don Asker
    Recorded on tape for the performances (1980).
  • Time: 65 min
  • Suite for Childrens' Choir, Tenor solo and Orchestra.
  • Uses 24 popular childrens songs from around the world.
    Commissioned by the Melbourne Moomba Festival.
    Performed by the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Coppens February 1980 (1979).
  • Time: 18 min
  • For Rock Band and Orchestra
  • Uses 'Paint it Black' and 'Whole Lotta Love'.
    Performed by the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Coppens December (1979).
  • Time: 12 min
  • Ballet for String Quartet and Percussion.
  • Commissioned by the Australian Contemporary Dance Theatre.
    Choreographer Ron Bekker.
    Recorded on tape for the performances.
    Orchestra version (1978).
  • Time: 22 min
  • Oratorio for Orchestra and four singers
  • With melodies and themes by Christos Ioannides.
    World premiere May 1977 Greek Festival Week
    Performance with the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Coppens (1977).
  • Time: 45 min
  • Ballet for String Quartet and Percussion.
  • Commissioned by the Australian Contemporary Dance Theatre.
    Choreographer Ron Bekker.
    Recorded on tape for the performances (1977).
  • Time: 15 min

Beatles Revisted

Performers

The Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Paul Coppens with Concertmaster Spiros Rantos, who also performs all the violin solos.

The cello solos are played by Barbara Woolley; oboe solos by Amelia Barden; trumpet solo in Penny Lane by Robert Smithies and tuba solo in Yellow Submarine by Andrew Jordan.

Tracks

Each title contains selections from the DAT recording made of the performance given in the Sydney Town Hall on 10th October 1994. Recordings are not for sale and as these are intended for private listening and as a demonstration of the diversity of the musical material arranged, composed and orchestrated by Paul Coppens.

All musical programme material makes free use of the music composed by Paul McCartney and John Lennon and rights were given by Music Sales Pty Ltd (Australia) and EMI Music Publishing (Australia) for the concerts in both Melbourne and Sydney. They were in aid of the Freemasons Hospital Special Cancer Clinic (Melbourne Australia).

Approach

This 'classical' view of the Beatles, uses all the resources of a large orchestra and takes their material into the world of the great romantics. Mahler, Bruckner, Bartok, Shostakovitch, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov come to mind.

Reworking their material from the original recordings was a natural progression, and the ease with which this occurred, indicates the originality not only of their musical material but the language and instrumentation they used in the first place.

Listen to The Beatles Revisted audio tracks.

Gallipoli Dawn


Supported by
Queensland State Anzac Centenary Grants Programme
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

An original work by David Crewe and Paul Coppens
with massed choir, music, action and drama
to capture the ANZAC experience of Worl War 1

Now renamed for future performances

Comedy With G&S

Comedy with Gilbert & Sullivan

Listen to Comedy With Gilbert & Sullivan audio tracks.

Tracks

Each title contains selections from the casette recording made of the performance given in the Melbourne Concert Hall on 7th March 1985. The recording is intended for private listening only and shows the diversity of the musical material arranged and orchestrated by Paul Coppens.

All musical material follows the original music (and in the order within each operetta) composed by Arthur Sullivan. The orchestrations, especially where the audience is required to sing, support or highlight the chorus parts.

Performers

The Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Paul Coppens with Concertmaster Janice Walker. Soloists are soprano Carolyn Kennett, baritone Constantine Mavridis and mime artist and baritone Timothy Tyler (appearing as Mr P.P.).

The audience sings the chorus parts. This programme toured in country towns in New South Wales and Victoria during 1985.

Proms 2001

The Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Paul Coppens with Concertmaster Donald Hazelwood.

Soloists include Christine Anu, David Campbell, David Hobson, Gina Jeffreys, Glen Shorrock, Patti Newton, Simon Tedeschi, Yvonne Kenny and Compere Bert Newton.

Listen to Australian Night At The Proms 2001 audio tracks.

View the Australian Night At The Proms 2001 video tracks.

Up The Tiber

Taking a bow - Paul Coppens, Virginia Mason and John Cundill

Solo cast included Chris Fennesy(Marcus Antony), Sarah Knight(Cleo), George Symonds(Oraculus), Jenny Keys(Statilia), Jennifer Rousset(Donnabella), Helen Duffy(Octavia), Ellisa Finn(Lucretia) Michael Healy(Minimus), Darren Heskes(Maximus), Paul Richardson(Hilarius) and David Schulze(Ludricus).

Supporting cast included the 24-member Chorus, the 6-member 'Imanzi'(African Retine) and the Brisbane Chamber Orchestra with Concertmaster Spiros Rantos. Director and Choreographer was Virginia Mason and the Executive Producer was Bob Hall.

Listen and view scenes from 'Up The Tiber' filmed at the Caloundra Events Centre November 2010.

Music

Since the demise of GigaStudio advances continue in the technology of sound reproduction, especially with the emergance of a free (open-source) programme - LinuxSampler, which utilises all the gigafiles left floundering by Gigastudio's disappearance.

There is also Vienna Symphonic Library, which does produce amazing results but comes with a hefty price-tag. The composer who still writes music using Finale or Sibelius benefits enormously from todays sampler. The creation of small or large scale works using this traditional method can be instantaneously realised, or 'played', with stunning realism.

For writing film scores, I use Finale v26 to write the music, Vienna Ensemble Pro6 to record the music, LinuxSampler (for recording choral parts), and uses Sony Vegas Pro 16 to match film with sound.

Film scenes may be emailed (in a reduced format) and can be returned by email (in reduced format) with the proposed orchestration. Working on-site when/where required is not an issue as the equipment consists of a computer (laptop) and music keyboard.

Below is the 16th century Italin 'folk' song used by the Dutch in 1626 to celebrate the release of 'Berg Op Zoom' from the Spanish. It was also used by the Afrikaners in the Boer War, and has now been used as the finale of a new music drama 'Gallipoli Dawn', to commemorate the ANZAC's role in Gallipoli during World War 1.

The orchestration is fully realised using Linuxsampler, Peter Siedlaczek's 'Advanced Orchestra' samples and Choir samples from 'Voices of the Apocalypse'. The choir samples come with separate vowels and consonants so programming the choir to sing did take some time.

Again, the technology is there for the benefit of those who are unable to 'visualise' a full score, for the composer to 'virtually hear' his creations almost immediately and to give this facility to anyone who may wish to hear the score.

Software

Home Page(Creating-Editing-Reviewing Projects)

Community Network - 'GallipoliDawn'

The aim is to build a trusted blockchain 'community' network using Hyperledger Fabric. It is where community organisations administer all their activities, share them safely with their membership, invite other 'trusted' community organisations to join the network and share only data according to mutual agreement.

Paul Coppens has been developing sofware to administer his orchestras since the 1970's. By the 1980's he was using Microsoft Access to do this and during the 1990's was able to contract, issue schedules and pay musicians by electronic transfer, as well as ensure all industry awards were met including superannuation and taxation regulations.

The technology has moved on and he is now transferring the code to a web-based programme, using PHP, Javascript, HTML5, MySQL and Smarty (for templates). These languages and formats have been combined into his own 'MEM Framework'. The software is totally modular and is initially aimed at the activities, events and membership of community groups.

Membership Attendance Page(Editing-Reviewing Member Attendance)

The Membership database can easily be populated with data from other rtf, csv or spreadsheet files. Members can pay their membership online (mobile device) and the organisation can check at a glance the membership status using a mobile device.

Member attendances at activities can be marked using a mobile device and their information easily updated. Members can log-in on their mobile device to update their information and print/view/download their activities summary for a selected period.

Events Page(Creating-Editing-Reviewing Events)

The Diary keeps track of all activities and events, including Committee/Board meetings, media launches etc. Each activity would depend on resources (a person, groups of people, equipment, venues, locations etc) which would all be entered into the database.

All resources have a cost item and details regarding availability, location and contact details. Once a resource is attached to a date, and if the resource happens to be a group of people, any one belonging to that group will be able to print/view/download the activity and all the relevant details to that person on-line.

Caltalogue Page(Creating-Editing-Reviewing Works)

Resources can consist of a single person, groups of people, equipment, venues, locations or all of them, depending on the size of the activity. A music library (catalogue of works) or a football field can be a resource. All resources are costed. When putting together a team of any kind, this is where to do it. This team can be an orchestra, band, football team, cricket team etc.

Payments Page(Creating-Editing-Reviewing Members Payments)

Payroll is always a critical area for any organisation and this module has been developed over a thirty-year period, finally taking this form. The data it produces can be used in most popular finance software. Payments are made to a person's bank account and payment advices emailed. Relevant awards and taxation requirements can be updated and forms/data required by the government are provided.

This example is from the 1999 'Swan Lake' Ballet Tour with the English National Ballet. The information seen here is readily available from any of the printed souvenier programmes of that tour.

Budget Page(Creating-Editing-Reviewing Project Budget)

Templates will contain different budgets for a variety of organisations. They provide a fast way of calculating the possible and impossible. Comparisons can continually be made between the budget and the actual costs so far for a particular activity.

This example shows the summary page.

Configuration Page(Creating-Editing-Reviewing Setup Data Used)

Each organisation will have different names and titles for their membership team. Although there will be a selection of templates to choose from, these can be altered to suit the inevitable variation required.

System Configuration basically includes details of most of the data used to structure all of the modules used in the software. This includes Classifications, Clients, Countries, Menus, Logs, Orchestrations, Project Data, Scrolltables, Tabs, Types and details of the SQL Modules.

Recordings

Orchestral Arrangements

Spring Song op.16

Three Greek Orchestral Dances op.4

Three Occasional Waltzes op.26c

Wedding Of Jess And Rich op.38

An original work by David Crewe and Paul Coppens with massed choir, music, action and drama to capture and commemorate the ANZAC experience of World War I, especially the 1915 events on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

It was originally created as 'ANZAC DAWN' for the main arena event of the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show 2015 Nambour Show Grounds - June 12,13,14 and supported by the Queensland State Anzac Centenary Grants Programme and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

Further plans for this work will be announced as soon as the software (under development) has become useful enough to run the events. Performances are planned in some of the capital cities in Australia and New Zealand in 2022. These will involve major charities and crowdfunding using its own website.


An original musical work by Paul Coppens based on the children's story book by the same name. The book was written by Katrina Germein and illustrated by Judy Watson. The music is performed by the Melbourne Philharmonic Virtual Orchestra (computer-generated score using Vienna Symphonic Library) and narrated by Stephanie Cole with illustrations from the book.


A short film with an original score by Paul Coppens and performed by the Melbourne Philharmonic Virtual Orchestra (computer-generated score using Vienna Symphonic Library).