What do Daniel Johns, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Qantas have in common?

Daniel Johns is an Australian vocalist, composer, guitarist, and pianist. He is probably best known as the frontman for the band Silverchair which has won 21 ARIA awards to date. He is also three times winner of APRA‘s songwriter of the year. In collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Qantas, he has arranged, performed and recorded this beautiful piece entitled “Atlas”. The piece will feature as the soundtrack in the new Qantas advertising campaign on Sunday 22nd July. In composing it, Daniel said he wanted to create something that sounded international, because Qantas is representing Australia and he wanted it to sound big – not just a jingle. Do you think he has succeeded?

One other thing for all the violin and viola players:  notice how the bows of the violins and violas are all played in the same direction. It looks so much better than bows going in all directions, doesn’t it!

Energetic Beethoven

Richard Tognetti, violinist and leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performs the third movement of Beethoven‘s Violin Sonata in A, “Kreutzer”, arranged by Tognetti for string orchestra.

Notice the players (except the cellists) are standing. A violinist can play much more energetically in this position as you will see from the amount energy generated in this performance. You can also see the positions of the instruments, bow holds and fingers. This is the technique that helps you play well!