Local and national arts identities
show their hand in support of world class local talent
set to be our next entertainment export
Eclipse Pink Floyd Orchestrated is a world class event featuring 40 musicians and singers comprising performers from the Southern Cross Symphony and some of Adelaide’s finest rock musicians. Additionally, special guest from SA Public Primary School (SAPPS) Choir for ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ will be a highlight of the show. Following its premiere at the Adelaide Festival Theatre on July 17 for one night only and in welcome news just to hand, the show, which was designed to tour nationally and internationally has now been confirmed to play Hamer Hall in Melbourne later this year in which in these covid times is a remarkable coup for any show looking to go on tour.
Eclipse Pink Floyd Orchestrated brings to life Pink Floyd’s legendary rich and powerful sonic soundscape with the original synthesised sounds being performed with the opulence of the orchestral instruments they were electronically simulating taking this aural feast to a new level.
The event celebrates the debut performance of Southern Cross Symphony, Adelaide’s second and newest professional orchestra under its own banner and in further exciting news, will perform this show under the baton of world-renowned Australian conductorMatthew Wood.
Matthew was recently appointed Head of Artistic Production with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC’s longest performing and one of the most prolific orchestras in the UK. He has conducted many of the world’s finest orchestras and has thrown his support behind the Southern Cross Symphony’s production of Eclipse Pink Floyd Orchestrated with a special visit to Adelaide to make this show his swansong before he leaves to take up his new role.
“The objective of Southern Cross Symphony is simple – to keep South Australian Musicians working by delivering a diverse program of high-quality music. Covid has been a very tough time for the arts, and it’s an honor to conduct this group of talented musicians at this world-premiere event in Adelaide before I head to the UK. The Southern Cross Symphony is a great and exciting initiative that will provide a wonderful addition to the musical scene throughout South Australia” said Matthew.
Southern Cross Symphony is an attractive new option for musical and theatre producers wanting to bring events to Adelaide where orchestral performance is required and where choice may be limited. Southern Cross Symphony recently completed a wonderful season with Chess the Musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
Eclipse, Pink Floyd Orchestrated also has the support and backing of another prominent arts identity, Phil Bathols. One of Australia’s most successful independent promoters who has toured some of the biggest names in the world, the South Australian born and raised, promoter / producer also has a track record of recognising, supporting and touring South Australian talent. Phil was behind the Zep Boys, Led Zeppelin Masters international tour and is now keen to repeat this success with Eclipse, Pink Floyd Orchestrated.
“Adelaide is the home to some incredible talent and it’s such an honour to be able to be in a position to showcase it beyond the South Australian borders. The Led Zeppelin Masters show was a huge international success and I can’t see any reason why this new show can’t replicate that. It is truly world class, the sound is just incredible and I’m excited to take it on tour. Melbourne is just the first stop following the world-premiere in Adelaide.
“In my 20 plus years in this industry, I cannot recall a tougher time. It’s no secret that since March 2020, the entertainment industry has suffered immensely and paramount to its return, is the success of independently produced and/or promoted events. The supply chain behind these shows is extensive and its essential that any and all support is forthcoming” said Phil.
Eclipse Pink Floyd Orchestrated is a fully independent production that will showcase our world-class local talent and then take it to the world. We invite South Australians to experience this extraordinary show and support local.
ECLIPSE, PINK FLOYD ORCHESTRATED
Tickets from BASS https://www.bass.net.au/
About Phil Bathols
Born in Adelaide and raised on a fruit farm in Mypolonga, South Australia, Phil Bathols is one of Australia’s leading independent producers with over 20 years’ experience.
He regularly presents international artists of the most distinguished calibre at some of Australia and New Zealand’s finest venues. At the Sydney Opera House, Phil has hosted the great tenor Jose Carreras, Indian percussion maestro Zakir Hussain, and sitar legend Ravi Shankar, the godfather of world music, on his 90thbirthday farewell to Australia.
His passion for presenting unique, world class events encompasses an exceptionally diverse roster of household names including “Star Trek” icon turned recording artist William Shatner, “Man Vs Wild” adventurer Bear Grylls, globally respected spiritualist, thinker and self-help guru, Deepak Chopra and musical theatre icon Julie Andrews to mention a few. Other personalities include Louis Theroux, Kevin McCloud, Margaret Atwood, Nigella Lawson and Eckhart Tolle.
Phil also runs a series called Business influentials which has featured one day seminars with globally respected thinkers such as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the world’s number one business thinker from Harvard University, the late Professor Clay Christenson and 2017 number one thinker in the world Professor Roger Martin.
Phil’s reputation for creative vision in the musical arena includes the critically acclaimed White Album Concert, an audacious adaptation of the mercurial Beatles album, combined a 17-piece orchestra and four of Australia’s highest profile rock personalities to sell out major Australian theatres. Other productions concerts include Led Zeppelin Masters, Anoushka Shankar, All You Need is Love, Nothing Compares to Prince, Rock the House to name a few.
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About Matthew Wood
Matthew Wood is one of Australia’s most successful and diverse conductors, regularly conducting symphonic, opera, ballet and new music repertoire throughout the world.
In the United Kingdom Matthew has worked with many leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Ballet Covent Garden and held the position of Associate Conductor with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Conducting Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Amongst numerous appearances around the world, recent highlights include conducting Phillip Glass’ Satyagraha in New York, Copenhagen and Stockholm, returning to the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the UK and his debut at the Royal Swedish ballet.
Matthew was recently appointed Head of Artistic Production with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC’s longest performing and one of the most prolific.
Eclipse – Pink Floyd Orchestrated
Timed to celebrate fifty years since Pink Floyd’s first Australian tour in 1971, this unique celebration of the musical might and majesty of Floyd classics will include Dark Side of the Moon, Breathe, Time, Money, Great Gig in the Sky, Us and Them, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wish You Here, Have A Cigar, Comfortably Numb, Another Brick In The Wall (Part II), Hey You, Learning to Fly, and many more.
The 10-piece Eclipse Band comprises Australia’s most experienced musicians and singers with a wealth of national and international touring between them. All originating in Adelaide, the depth of talent within this group and their proficiency at performing with an orchestra is befitting of the calibre of this truly special event.
The band features:
Carl Pink – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Ian ‘Polly’ Polites – Lead Vocals and Piano
Warwick Cheatle – Musical Director, Bass and Guitars
Brad Polain – Lead Vocals, Drums and Percussion.
Cam Blokland – Lead Vocals and Guitars
Diane Dixon, Natalie Ermer and Emily Kelly – Vocals
Mick Kidd – Electric Guitar
Paul White – Keyboards
The Southern Cross Symphony (SXS)
South Australia’s newest professional orchestra. The Southern Cross Symphony first came together as an ensemble to perform Led Zeppelin Masters at the Festival Theatre. Following this, Musical Director, Warwick Cheatle recognised South Australia needed a highly professional contemporary ‘show orchestra’ for concert performances to support the highest-profile touring artists and theatre productions. Southern Cross Symphony comprises outstanding orchestral performers with incredible pedigrees and a wealth of experience. Their flexibility to perform all genres of music, from classical greats and Broadway hits to progressive rock performances such as Eclipse, Pink Floyd Orchestrated which will mark the official debut of the troupe under the Southern Cross Symphony banner.