Sally Whitwell’s musical journey so far is a rich and varied one: pianist, conductor, composer, arranger, singer, teacher (and occasional accordionist); her credits represent a healthy breadth of interest in all things musical.

As part of the Music-By-Youth project, the Festival commissioned a work for the Bellingen Youth Orchestra to be written by this young Sydney based composer and preparations are well under way: on March 23 Sally writes on her Facebook page: “Spent two very productive hours with about twenty kids from Bellingen High school. They wrote a theme out of which shall emerge a brand new piece for their orchestra. Can’t wait to get stuck into some writing this afternoon!”

As a solo recording artist, Sally has four albums to her name, three of which have peaked in the top 5 on the ARIA Charts‘ Classical Albums. She performed the world premiere of the Philip Glass’ Complete Piano Etudes for Perth International Arts Festival and Ten Tiny Dancers, an all-singing-all-playing-all-dancing cabaret piano recital for the Famous Spiegeltent season at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Sally is very active as a conductor, composer and accompanist in choral music. She has toured China, Hong Kong and Inner Mongolia with the Sydney Children’s Choir, and for over 10 years she has been active as conductor and pianist with Gondwana Choirs and has  worked with children of all levels of experience within the organisation, from beginner to advanced, and has performed with them in Europe, Asia, the Americas and throughout Australia. Sally has also worked extensively with disadvantaged young people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to be involved in music programs, through the NSW Department of Education and the Australian Children’s Music Foundation.

Currently she is enjoying her first subscription season as Music Director of Sydney based community chamber choir Coro Innominata.

Visit Sally Whitwell’s Website for more info on Sally.