When Philip Rees was eight, two events impacted on his life: his first piano and brass lesson and his parents being given a complete recorded performance of Handel's Messiah. Since then he can’t recall a time of not wanting to be a musician.
Philip has spent his entire working life involved in music education and performance. As the musical director of the Central Coast Philharmonia, he conducted many major works of the choral tradition, as well as a number of Australian premiere performances of works by Christopher Tin, (Calling All Dawns) Karl Jenkins, (Joy to the World) John Rutter (Feel the Spirit) and Alexander Lestrange (Zimbe and Ahoy). He was the chorus master for Central Coast Opera productions of Magic Flute (2016), Carmen (2017) and La Bohème (2018).
Philip moved to the Central west in 2019. He teaches brass and piano at the Orange Regional Conservatorium, is the conductor of the City of Orange Brass Band, and participates in the music program in some local schools. He was appointed Conductor of OMVC in mid-2020.
In 2010 he was awarded an OAM for services to music.
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Paul Jarman is an internationally renowned musician and composer and has performed in over 35 countries. He was a member of Australia’s world music band Sirocco.
He has written well over one hundred works including some commissioned for major events and a multitude of choirs and performers. His work has featured in the opening of the London Olympics and at a Rugby World Cup and at the White House for President Barrack Obama.
In 2015, OMVC met Paul at a mens choral workshop and concert in Bunbury WA. The following year he ran a similar workshop with us in Orange, preceding a concert to celebrate our 90th Anniversary.
The Choir commissioned Paul to compose our signature song, Friendship in Song, the following year and, in 2019 and 2022, he arranged songs for the Choir to accompany Eric Bogle and his band in memorable concerts in Orange and Bathurst.
OMVC was honored when Paul accepted our invitation to become our Patron in 2022.