Paul Rissmann | Anyone Can Compose

Event details


Date and time

  • Monday 20 May 2019, 6pm - 7.30pm

Event type

  • On Campus


  • A secondary school career adviser or teacher
  • Professionals
  • Anyone who likes music

Event Fee

  • $10


  • Bookings essential
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Educator Professional Learning with Paul Rissmann

Anyone can compose

Join 2019 WASO Education Artist in Residence Paul Rissmann as he shares simple strategies for creative music-making in the classroom, empowering children of any age (and their teachers!) to become both composers and performers.

This hands-on session will show you how easy it is to take inspiration from classical composers and to use their music as a catalyst for creativity in class.

Full of practical and engaging activities, this event is for everyone from pre-service students looking to build a body of resources for upcoming placements to experienced specialists looking for new ideas. It’s all about learning new approaches while having fun … and gaining the confidence to allow your inner musician to step out and taking away the enthusiasm (and ideas!) to encourage your students to do the same!

With time for questions around range of other musical concepts, this event will not only support teaching and learning in composition and performance, but in embedding music into other curriculum areas.

Bring your instrument – from flutes to flugelhorns and guitars to glockenspiels … everyone is welcome!

Tickets $10  

Certificates will be provided on completion around TRB requirements, with this Professional Learning event supporting a number of AITSL Professional Standards across Standards 1 (1.2), 2(2.1, 2.5), 3 (3.1, 3.3, 3.5), 4 (4.1, 4.2), 6 (6.2, 6.3, 6.4) and 7 (7.4).

Contact details: [email protected]

Paul Rissmann Biography

‘The Jamie Oliver of animateurs’ Neue Muzikzeitung

‘Rissmann is without parallel. He has a line of communication that exactly matches, then advances the listening skills of his audience’ The Herald

Paul Rissmann was born on the Isle of Bute, Scotland and is a composer, presenter and music educationalist. He studied composition and classical saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He currently holds the position of Animateur with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and is Children’s Composer in Residence for Music in the Round.

Paul is passionate about music education. He is equally comfortable making music in a primary school or explaining the intricacies of Stravinsky’s motor rhythms to an audience of adults. His work in this field has received awards from both the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Royal Television Society. In 2014, he appeared as creative director in a Channel 4 (UK) documentary Addicts’ Symphony, which explored how music can be therapeutic in overcoming addiction.

Paul’s diverse portfolio of compositions range from electronic music for Microsoft to an orchestral suite for the LSO inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Paul has produced a series of highly interactive works that enable thousands of people to perform with professional musicians. His composition Bamboozled for audience and orchestra has been performed by over 50,000 people – from the Daytona Beach, Florida to Melbourne, Australia. It was performed at an Olympic Torch ceremony in the UK in 2012, in Avery Fisher Hall by the New York Philharmonic and in 2016 was broadcast around Australia by the ABC.

Paul is frequently commissioned to set children’s books to music. In 2012, he won a British Composer’s Award for his composition The Chimpanzees of Happytown. This piece was recently recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra with Paul as narrator. In 2018, ABC Classics released a recording of his adventure story Stan and Mabel performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

As a concert presenter, Paul has performed with leading orchestras in America, Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Malaysia and the Middle East. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra with both Valery Gergiev and Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall and toured India with Nicola Benedetti and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Paul has presented on BBC Radio Scotland, created a critically acclaimed series of music discovery concerts for adults called Naked Classics and explored the world of opera in Glyndebourne’s Behind the Curtain.