Looking at these major figures, we discover the story of their lives and the impact they made on popular culture. Using interviews, news archives and performances each story will reveal the unique aspect of these iconic stars.
At a small school in the Victorian Mallee, indefatigable 91-year-old choral conductor Jessie Carmichael works with a group of novice singers to revisit a legendary moment in local history. Almost 60 years ago, Carmichael took a group of children from the Lake Boga Primary School who "couldn't tell a crotchet from an aniseed ball" on to win national acclaim at the Commonwealth Jubilee Choral Festival. Local sceptics were amazed when the choir were flown specially to Melbourne to perform with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in an event broadcast nationally by the ABC. As the only country choir selected to take part in the Jubilee event, Lake Boga Primary School became the pride of the district and an inspiration to children and rural communities across Australia.
In September 2011, eight months after Australia's most devastating floods, the people of Brisbane came together for a performance by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) conducted by Asher Fisch, accompanied by the Brisbane Chorale and Canticum Chamber Choir directed by Emily Cox.
In the unlit rooms of the bullet-pocked Kabul Secondary School of Fine Arts, music students persist with broken instruments, no books, no syllabus and no specialist teachers. After 30 years of conflict and a loss of musical rights during the Taliban regime, the musical culture of Afghanistan has been devastated. Despite all the rebuilding in the country, little has been done for music. In the midst of this despair, Melbourne-based Afghan musicologist Dr Ahmad Sarmast returns to Kabul determined to create the first National Music Institute of Afghanistan.
By Spring 2010 at the newly created Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) the renovations are in the final stages, the first international teachers - violinist William Harvey from the US and Afghan clarinettist Farid Shefta from the Ukraine have settled in, and the timetable issues are solved.