Canberra Centenary, 13 March 2013


We programmed 11 hours of floating musical entertainment and employed over 112 artists (87 from Canberra) on 10 boats with a departure every 10 minutes. It was an eclectic mix of professional and amateur groups and provided a very special atmosphere on the day. 


We collected a big pile of rubbish from the Tip Shop and transformed it into an orchestra. Participants had one rehearsal then performed in a parade.

Canberra Noise Orchestra on parade

Dear Graeme,
You did a mighty job! Your creative input to the event was a fabtastic and your patient calm approach to your work was much appreciated. I loved all the boat music. We would be mad to do an event without you!!
I look forward to working with you again soon.
Best Wishes,
Geoff Cobham, Event Director, Centenary Birthday Celebration, 12 March 2013

'4pm' plan - this actually happened!


As 4pm approached, boats gathered, and a large outdoor ensemble came together featuring the Arawang Children’s Choir, the Canberra City Band, Canberra Brass, soprano Pamela Andrews, didjeridu virtuoso William Barton and Highland Piper Athol Chambers. Huge letters spelling ‘Welcome to Country’ were raised as I conducted the atmospheric ‘4pm’ piece, then the Noise Orchestra struck up and joined the brass band in a parade around the Lake!

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