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Kevin Purcell is an Australian Conductor, Musical Director, Composer and Arranger...

In 1994 in the United Kingtom, Kevin Purcell assisted on concerts including:  The Covent Garden, London Philharmonic, Welsh National Opera, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the BBC Philharmonic.

Kevin has achieved numerous awards including; The Australian Music Foundation's London Conducting Award which included two years studying with Professor Otakar Trhlík. In 1996 he was awarded The Tait Memorial Trust Conductor's Award and the The Willem van Otterloo Conducting Scholarship.

He has worked with: Ian Campbell, General Director of the San Diego Opera: Renée Fleming on a production of Dvorak's operatic masterpiece, Rusalka. He met David Robertson and worked on the Beethoven Chamber Orchestra, Silesian State Opera, Hradec Králové Filharmonie and the Georgian State Television and Radio Orchestra (Tblisi) in a live broadcast performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6. Kevin Purcell conducted LAUDIBUS -the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain. Kevin worked with Harold Farberman at the Conductor's Institute, Myer Fredman, at the Australian Opera productions of Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly. He has worked with Gennady Rozdhestvensky and Leonid Nikolaev  at the Moscow Conservatory. In London Kevin worked with Cameron Mackintosh in London's west end, as musical director for the New London Theatre production of CATS and musical preparation for Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th Birthday concert at the London Palladium.

Kevin Purcell credits include: Holst's, The Planets, Stravinsky's, The Rite of Spring, Korsakov’s, Scheherazade and Grieg's, Piano Concerto in A Minor. He was the principal Conductor of the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra for two years 1999-2000. He completed orchestrations for the prestigious Lady Taverner's' Gala at the Palladium, including performances by Sir Cliff Richard and Roy Hudd.

He musically directed the Chichester Festival production of Sweet Charity, the US premiere of Napoleon before its transfer to London's west end and was musical director for West Virginia Public Theatre Cabaret -Mendes version. Man of la Mancha and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, A Little Night Music, The Secret Garden (Simon/Norman) and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

2001 Kevin Purcell returned to Australia, joining the Really Useful Company as Musical Director for the Korean premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS.

Other activities have included the role of associate musical director and lead orchestrator for Hats-Off (Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS) charity concert in Melbourne. He supervised the production of RENT at The National Theatre in 2006. He has conducted the orchestra sessions for the new Australian film, The Line, with music by Mark B. Buys.

Rebecca - The Musical 2004 based on 'Rebecca' by Daphne du Maurier-book, in Concert Melba Hall, University of Melbourne on the 19th June 2004. Music was by Kevin Purcell, Lyrics and Book by Victor Kazan. The original direction was by Aaron Joyner-Director with Victor Kazan. The Musical is a haunting and suspenseful Gothic thriller set against the backdrop of the English Cornish coastline.  With a sweeping score and eloquently evocative libretto, it is a musical adaptation of the timeless story. Actors on Rebecca - The Musical 2004 were Richard Thomas, Monique Pitsikas, Lauren Elise, Maureen Andrew, Jane Badler, Will Conyers, Ian Sandercoe, Robert Harsley, Sean Gunn and Katrina Wellins.

Kevin has undertaken two composition residencies 1994 and 1996 at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.  He composed for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's, National Orchestral Composers School.
Kevin's orchestral works include:  the Symphony No.1, has been performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and Orchestra Queensland. He is working on a new Sonata for Violin & Pianoforte, The Silent Well, commissioned by Canadian violinist Jasper Wood, and a setting for Tenor and Pianoforte from the Ern Malley poems, The Darkening Ecliptic, for the Centre for Studies in Australian Music at the University of Melbourne.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in Composition, having studied with Brenton Broadstock and Peter Tahourdin.

Orchestral and Chamber Works include: In Pace -2007 for SATB and Pianforte, The 9th Day of Christmas -2006 for SATB unaccompanied, As Night Whispers Past -2005 for Alto and Bass Flute, Guitar and Percussion, The Witchlight -2002 for String Orchestra and Flute, Danger Under the Moon -2001 for Large Orchestra, Murder In the Staromestsky Orloj -1995 for Large Orchestra, The Enchanter of Caer-Myrddin -1992 for Large Orchestra, Symphony No. 1990 for Large Orchestra, Kite Songs for a Crescent Moon -1991 for Alto and Chamber Ensemble, An umbrella for inclement Weather -1990 Flute, Bass Clarinet, Two Percussion and AUDIO CD, Three Brass Monkeys -1989 Bb Trumpet, Horn in F and Bass Trombone and Hologram -1987 for Synthesizer and Tape.

Kevin Purcells movie contributions include: Beethoven Symphony No. 7, West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra,  R.V.Williams Symphony No.5 Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Dvorak Symphony No. 7, Hradec Kralove Philharmonic, J. Brahms Symphony No. 3, Hradec Kralove Philharmonic,  

Kevin Purcell has done academic research papers in the area of Sound Design. The research paper titled: Toward a Dramaturgy for Theatre Sound-Scoring Design.

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Kevin Purcell Conductor, Musical Director, Composer and Arranger

Images from the 1940 Hitchcock's Rebecca with the amazing music and lyrics from the musical of Kunze/Levay Rebecca.