Street Notes
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Street Notes

Street Notes offers eight musicians aged 18 – 26 years old a mentoring experience and workshop residency within Penrith Conservatorium at The Joan in October- December.

Working with professional mentors, project peers and the Artistic Director, they will develop collaborative classical music performances in response to the urban landscapes of Penrith and St Marys.

Upon completion of successful workshop sessions, all mentees will be involved in a livestream performance of their works as a series of micro concerts (10 – 15 minutes each). The micro-concerts can be enjoyed individually or sequentially as one progressive performance.

Overseen by the Artistic Director, Paul Smith, this group of emerging performers and composers will collaborate with three professional musicians to perform a collection of repertoire from different centuries of classical music. The program includes works by favourite composers, hidden gems, and new works composed by ensemble members.

Designer Dale Morgan’s set pieces are inspired by a new imagining of the Pied Piper; the magical melodies from the Street Notes performers bring flora and fauna of the urban landscape to life.

Street Notes will be documented on film, with participants capturing their creative journey through interviews, video diaries and capturing key moments as they refine their work. The final film will be screened on The Joan’s in-house AV wall and online through website and social channels.

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Set design by Dale Morgan

The livestream performances on 21 and 28 November will be uniquely embedded into the streets with the help of a whimsical temporary set design by Dale Morgan. Inspired by a new imagining of the Pied Piper, the magical melodies from the Street Notes performers bring the urban landscape to life.



Penrith Performances

Two favourite works for solo flute and violin by Bach are presented alongside a new arrangement of the romantic violin melody “Yumeji’s Theme” by contemporary Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi.


  • /Matilda Seppelt ~ Flute
  • /Ethan Powell ~ Violin
  • /Jack Ward ~ Cello – Guest Mentor


  • /J. S. Bach ~ Partita in A minor – Allemande
  • /Shigeru Umebayashi ~ Yumeji’s Theme
  • /J. S. Bach ~ Partita in E major – Menuet 1


In this special location, three reflective and moving pieces are performed. Soprano Yasmin Arkinstall shows how old and new music can come together in song. In Penrith, she performs baroque music by Barbara Strozzi alongside a new art song she has written with composer Wesley Stormer inspired by the Nepean river. The concert is closed with the delicate and peaceful melodies of Yoshimatsu’s White Landscapes for flute and cello.


  • /Yasmin Arkinstall ~ Soprano
  • /Matilda Seppelt ~ Flute
  • /Jack Ward ~ Cello – Guest Mentor
  • /Paul Smith ~ Piano/Artistic Director
  • /Featured Composer: Wesley Stormer


  • /Wesley Stormer ~ Back Home – Text by Yasmin Arkinstall ~ Premiere
  • /Barbara Strozzi ~ Che si può fare
  • Takashi Yoshimatsu ~ White Landscapes – 1st movement

Koechlin’s sweeping French wind trio brings unique sounds to Triangle Park. Wesley Stormer, whose compositional voice is inspired by French romanticism, has written his own trio and a work for solo cello presented after. Electroacoustic composer Frank Dwyer offers his own version of a trio with a contemporary response played via laptop throughout the park.


  • /Matilda Seppelt ~ Flute
  • /Max Harris ~ Clarinet
  • /Ethan Powell ~ Violin
  • /Alison Evans ~ Bassoon – Guest Mentor
  • /Jack Ward ~ Cello – Guest Mentor
  • /Featured Composers: Wesley Stormer, Frank Dwyer



  • /Charles Koechlin ~ Trio for flute, clarinet, bassoon – 2nd movement
  • /Wesley Stormer/Frank Dwyer ~ Faces in the floorboard – Premiere
  • /Wesley Stormer ~ Feeling Fine. – Premiere

St Marys Performances

St Marys Street Notes – Part 1

The unlikely duo of soprano and trumpet come together to perform old and new repertoire. Handel’s bright and energetic “Rejoice Greatly” is paired with a premiere work by emerging composer Leila Harris. Closing this concert is a hidden gem by French composer Lili Boulanger – a nocturne for piano and violin.

St Marys Street Notes – Part 2

Three works for solo instrument will bring colour and energy to this St Marys pedestrian hub. Striking contemporary melodies for trumpet, clarinet and flute will accompany the evening urban landscape of St Marys starting with the appropriate “Street Song” for trumpet.

St Marys Street Notes – Part 3

Surrounded by the bright and bold colours of St Marys street art, a new work for clarinet and electronics by Frank Dwyer performed by Max Harris will bounce off the alley walls. Leila Harris will close the concert by performing her edgy and exciting work for solo piano.

Artistic Director

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Paul Smith

Paul is a composer and senior lecturer in music at the University of New England based in Sydney who specialises in writing opera and music for the toy piano. He holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from Western Sydney University and is the co-artistic director of Blush Opera. Paul has collaborated internationally and his music and operas have premiered in Singapore, the UK, Italy, the USA, and Armenia in addition to Australian festivals and concert performances. In 2021, his largest operatic work, Chop Chef, a collaboration with writer and satirist Julie Koh which explores reality TV food competitions, will premier in Parramatta at Riverside Theatres. Paul is an associate artist with the Australian Music Centre and was also a contributing writer to the ABC and triple j digital series, What is Music?

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