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Listen to ABC Radio National’s Live Set this Friday to hear Tim live in concert & conversation!

by Shell 1st Feb 2016 | 6 comments

Photo by Courtney McAllister courtesy of Fremantle Arts Centre

Photo by Courtney McAllister courtesy of Fremantle Arts Centre

ABC Radio National’s Live Set, this week, features Tim live in concert and conversation for the Sonic Sessions. It first airs on Friday 5th February at 8:05pm (AEDT) and will be repeated Sunday 7th February at 4:05pm (AEDT).

The show will be across two 55 minute episodes. Part 1, with Tim and Lucky, broadcast as above and Part 2, which includes Tim’s family, friends and guest musicians, available as an exclusive online stream and podcast.

Both episodes will be available worldwide to stream or podcast on this page of the Live Set website. It will be updated with the stream and podcast links on Friday afternoon AEDT on 5th February.  The online stream will be available for one month after broadcast and the podcast will remain online for the foreseeable future.

Photo by Chris Gosfield

Photo by Chris Gosfield

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Matilda and Me

Charting the intimate relationship between Tim and the multi-award-winning musical, for which he is now internationally known, Matilda and Me is a family documentary which will air on ABC TV later this year.

The rehearsals for the highly anticipated Matilda The Musical in Australia form the backdrop to the story, as the new Australian cast prepare to launch the show in Sydney.

Directed by Nel Minchin and Rhian Skirving, the film looks at Tim’s long-term fascination with author Roald Dahl and at how he went from being a virtually unknown lyricist and composer, in Australia, to debuting his first musical on a West End Stage.

There’s a mix of archive footage (including rare family moments), interviews, musical performance and Australian Matilda The Musical rehearsals. Specially shot footage of Tim globetrotting between LA, London and Sydney, culminates with his return home for the triumphant opening night of Matilda The Musical in Australia.

Matilda and Me is an ABC TV/In Films co-production.

We’ll announce the air date as soon as it’s confirmed. There’s no word yet as to whether this will become available outside Australia but, as always, we’ll let you know if we hear anything.

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Tim and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra reunited for a haunting performance of Neil Finn’s classic hit, Don’t Dream It’s Over for MND Australia. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s The Fading Symphony:

Please donate $5/£5/€5 at thefadingsymphony.com/donate and watch Tim and the orchestra heal and play on to a stunning hope filled crescendo! (Following donation, you’ll be able to watch both parts over and over, if you wish – on the same device and browser).

Thank you! if you’ve donated and/or shared the video or this website: thefadingsymphony.com already. You’ve helped to raise awareness and funds: for research into finding a cure, to support people living with MND and for global projects fighting ALS/MND. Please continue, if you can. There will be a full update in the new year.
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Photo by Joan Marcus

Photo by Joan Marcus

Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) has announced that Tim will be joining the stellar line-up of Western Australian artists at Home, a huge, free, one-off outdoor theatre spectacular, reflecting on what the Western Australian landscape and concept of ‘home’ means to its artists.

Home is a narrative driven concert, celebrating the beauty of the Western Australian landscape, culture and community.

Directed by Nigel Jamieson in collaboration with Noongar elder and artist Dr Richard Walley, the performance will feature an outstanding roll call of Western Australia’s most acclaimed and imaginative artists and creatives including Grace Barbé • John Butler • The Drones • Robert Drewe • Wayne Freer • Guy Ghouse • Gina Williams • Iain Grandage • Kavisha Mazzella • Lucky Oceans • The Panics • Pigram Brothers • Kim Scott • Shaun Tan • The Triffids • Voyces • The Waifs • Dave Warner • Western Australian Youth Orchestra • Tim Winton and more …

Lotterywest Festival Opening
Home
7.30pm on 13th February, 2016. (90 minutes, no interval)
Langley Park, East Perth
Tickets: FREE EVENT

Tim: “I can’t wait to come home for Home. It is incredibly exciting and moving to be involved in a home-grown event on this awesome scale, to be working with the likes of Nigel Jamieson, my old friend Iain Grandage, and the great Richard Walley, and to have the privilege of sharing a stage with such an extraordinary line-up of West Australian performers and artists.”

For more information and updates including, location and travel guidance, head to the event page on the PIAF website here.

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FadingSymphony4_ © Copyright Shirley Cai 2015

Hopefully you’ve already spotted that Tim and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) have been working with MND Australia on The Fading Symphony, a campaign to raise awareness and funds: for research into finding a cure, to support people living with MND and for global projects fighting ALS/MND. (If you’ve not yet seen the video then you might like to pop over here to watch it before reading on).

Motor neurone disease (MND), sometimes also referred to as ALS, is a progressive terminal neurological disease with no known cure or effective treatment. Each day in Australia two people die from and two people are diagnosed with MND, which can strike men or women, young or old, from any country, race or demographic. People living with the disease progressively lose the use of their limbs and the ability to speak, swallow and breathe whilst their mind and senses usually remain intact.

The Fading Symphony sees Tim and the SSO, at the Sydney Recital Hall, performing a moving rendition of Neil Finn’s Crowded House hit Don’t Dream It’s Over. As they play, they poignantly illustrate the progression of the debilitating symptoms; highlighting the physical impacts metaphorically through deteriorating performances by the artists. As Tim and the orchestra fall silent a donation is requested, following which the orchestra comes back to life and plays on, flourishing to an uplifting crescendo.

Tim: “I love playing with the SSO, I have aways loved this song, and I loved this idea the minute it was presented to me. Music has the capacity to make us emotionally connect to stories like nothing else. Except, perhaps, silence.”

If you haven’t already, please watch below or at thefadingsymphony.com and donate:

Please donate $5 (or £s or €s!) at thefadingsymphony.com/donate to help the fight against MND and watch Tim and the orchestra heal and play on!
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