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Don't Stop the Music

The ABC series Don’t Stop the Music inspired us all by showing us the life-changing power of music education. The three-part series followed the students of a primary school in an underprivileged area of Perth as they embarked on a music program, and shows the transformative effects this has on students, teachers and parents.

The benefits of music begin to play out among the children, tempering disruptive behaviour, bringing serial truants back to the classroom, and providing a creative outlet for kids who hadn’t excelled in traditional academic areas.

Now you can take home the official soundtrack, containing a selection of the classical works heard in each episode, plus music composed for the series by Ash Gibson Greig, and highlights from the children’s performance at the Perth Concert Hall which ends the series.

It’s the perfect memento of the series, and a brilliant gift to help inspire a love of music in the mini musicians in your life.


1 Introduction

2 Mrs Musumeci

3 Seven Times Four

4 BACH Cello Suite No. 1: I. Prelude
Michael Goldschlager cello

5 Not Alone

6 VIVALDI Concerto ‘Alla Rustica’:
I. Presto
West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Albert Rosen conductor

7 Micheál McCarthy

8 Anita’s Bootcamp

9 BEETHOVEN Ode to Joy
from Symphony No. 9
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs & Orchestra, Antony Walker conductor
live recording

10 PONCHIELLI Dance of the Hours (excerpt) from La Gioconda
Orchestra Victoria,
Richard Divall conductor

11 Vox Pops

12 The Wait’s Over

13 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5:
I. Allegro con brio
Sydney Symphony Orchestra,
Willem van Otterloo conductor

14 Cody

15 HANDEL Largo (Ombra mai fù)from Xerxes
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Nicolette Fraillon conductor

16 The Brain on Music

17 Taj

18 CHOPINNocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No. 2
Ewa Kupiec piano

19 Wrap Up

20 Applause

21 J. STRAUSS II Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
Johann Strauss Ensemble,
Russell McGregor conductor

22 Don't Stop the Music

23 TCHAIKOVSKY Dance of the
Sugar-Plum Fairy
from The Nutcracker
Orchestra Victoria,
Nicolette Fraillon conductor

24 It’s an Obsession

25 SIBELIUS Finlandia
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra,
Arvo Volmer conductor

26 Nervous

27 J. STRAUSS II Blue DanubeWaltz (excerpt)
Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Ponkin conductor

28 Their First Concert

29 WAGNER The Ride of the Valkyries from The Valkyrie
West Australian Symphony Orchestra, David Measham conductor

30 The Fair Go

31 ROSSINIWilliam Tell – Overture: Galop
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra,
Ola Rudner conductor

Plus highlights from the ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ concert, live from the Perth Concert Hall:

32 TRAD. The Irish Washerwoman
Classic Sounds Fiddlers, Challis String Ensemble, Rachel John conductor

33 TRAD. London Bridge Medley
Just Brass Armadale,
Michelle Wilde conductor

Eneksis Vocal Ensemble, Challis Choir, Micheál McCarthy conductor

Unless otherwise indicated, all tracks composed and performed by Ash Gibson Greig.

Music can change lives. For almost 20 years, the Hush Foundation has been working with renowned Australian artists to create music of joy and calm – originally to support children in hospital, and now enjoyed everywhere from concert halls to living rooms. In this latest offering from the Hush series, pianist Tony Gould and guitarist Peter Petrucci present music that can bring optimism even in the toughest times.The Hush Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of physician Professor Catherine Crock AM, transforms the healthcare experience for patients, families and staff through music and the performing arts. It has produced 17 albums, bringing some of Australia’s finest performers and composers together in collaborative partnerships that engage with the lived experience of people in the health system and other stressful environments. Hush albums are played not only in hospitals, but also in aged care, palliative care and childcare facilities to reduce stress and anxiety. Community and international orchestras also play music composed for Hush. In 2014, Hush’s contribution to Australian music was acknowledged with the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence.Gathering of Kindness recognises the power of the small acts of kindness and respect that build trust and create a sense of safety and security in difficult and challenging situations. ‘When we ask patients, their families and those working in healthcare “What matters to you?”’ says Professor Crock, ‘the single word at the top of the list is kindness.’Tony Gould and Peter Petrucci wrote the music on this album with the Hush ‘family’ firmly in mind. ‘We hope they serve at least one of music’s purposes in life, and that is to help calm our fellow humans in times when things aren’t going so well. Music can do this superbly. It can also give us joy, can foster kindness and a sense that, ultimately, everything will be all right.’ This latest album has been named after the healthcare events Hush has hosted since 2016. The Gathering of Kindness bring people working in health and aged care together to talk about ways kindness can flourish in their organisations and services. These events are being hosted throughout November at metro, regional and rural healthcare organisations across Victoria, and include live performances of Hush plays and music, healthcare book launches and panels, narrative and a range of self-care workshops, as well as updates on new research being undertaken. Hush is also hosting a ticketed event at KPMG in Melbourne on Thursday 14 November.›Pianist / composer / critic / author / academic / educator Tony Gould has been involved in music in Australia for over half a century. A prolific performer, composer and recording artist across several musical genres of art music, Tony has composed and performed alongside other renowned musicians Australia-wide and internationally. His numerous accolades include membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to music.Peter Petrucci is one of Australia’s leading jazz guitarists, recognised for his virtuosity and lyricism in improvisations and artful compositions. He has released eight albums – the latest, They Know That We Know, in August 2019. Peter has performed locally and internationally supporting distinguished musicians and has appeared at numerous international jazz festivals, in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta, Stonnington and Queensland Jazz Festivals. TRACKLISTING 1 All Things Good2 Anthem3 Calm4 Autumn Lullaby5 Quiet6 Spring Town7 It’s Up to You8 A Little Folk Song9 Essence10 Truth and Beauty11 The Softness of Air12 The Smile Peter Petrucci guitar – Tony Gould piano Tks 1-3, 5, 8, 10-12 composed by Tony Gould.Tks 4, 6, 7 and 9 composed by Peter Petrucci.