Phil Rooke aka Fiddlin' Phil - Author, Composer, Director, Educator
Phil has been teaching classroom music for over 20 years. It was while he was teaching class and instrumental music at Fairholme College. Toowoomba, QLD that he began the development of an innovative and effective class string-teaching program. He continued to develop and refine the program during teaching contracts at: the New England Girls’ School, Armidale NSW; The Cathedral School Townsville, Qld; Frensham, Mittagong NSW and most recently as Director of Ensembles at St Paul’s Grammar School Penrith, NSW.
At St Paul’s, while teaching Senior School Music and conducting and co-ordinating the school ensembles and performance program, he designed and implemented an award winning strings program in the Junior School which incorporated the Board of Studies Outcomes of the K-6 Music Curriculum. Phil authored an integrated text and backing CD and was delighted when the program was widely acclaimed, winning a Commendation in the ABC FLAME Music Education Awards in 2008. In 2008 Phil was also a finalist for the Golden Fiddle Awards for ‘Best Teacher’.
Alongside his teaching experience Phil continued to perform Jazz Violin at various venues including the Illawarra Jazz Festival and the Thredbo International Jazz Festival. (2001) He was the violinist with the Jazz Trio MIST based in the Southern Highlands of NSW from 1998 to 2001. He is often called on to teach Jazz Strings Workshops for both teachers of Strings and for students. His ‘workshop portfolio’ has grown over the years and Phil is available for Strings and Composition workshops, master-classes and in-service courses for music teachers. His ‘large group’ strings workshops for up to 50 students have been in demand and Ensemble workshops and innovative improvisation and ‘Composing to Image’ workshops provide a different dimension to his work.
As well as a degree in Music Education, Phil also gained a Graduate Diploma in Film & TV Music (Composition and Music Production) from Griffith University. Phil maintains his own comprehensive Production Studio and has composed music for TV documentaries and Short Films. His advice in the use of music technology in schools is regularly sought after. Phil is currently working on his Masters in Education by research at the Australian Catholic University. His area of interest is ‘Musical Literacy: engagement and motivation in Stage 4 Music’. Phil continues to make himself available as a session musician around Sydney. For instance, in 2008 he played fiddle on a new children’s TV show ‘The Kingdom of Paramithi’ produced by the Wiggles.
2009 saw Phil move away from work in individual schools to an exciting new position with Catholic Education – Western Sydney. Here, as a ‘teacher educator’ with a specialization in Music, he is leading an innovative Music Education program across a system of 76 schools. Four primary schools in the system have already implemented the ‘Fiddlin’ Phil Strings Method’ which sees 120 students playing stringed instruments in each school. There is an excitement and vibrancy about his work which is endearing him to staff and students alike.
Dom Lindsay - Workshop Presenter Cliff Goodchild (OBE) handed me my first Cornet. He was a truely great man and did so much for Brass players all around Australia. I played with many Orchestras as a student: The Sydney Youth Orchestra, The Australian Youth Orchestra (A.Y.O.), The Sydney Con Orchestra, The Canberra School Of Music Orchestra. National Music Camp was a highlight for any young musician, especially A.Y.O tours. The greatest A.Y.O. tour for me was the year we combined with The Australian Chamber Orchestra and did a Three Stare Tour.
Professionally, I have played trumpet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Chamber Orchestra - highlights there were playing Baroque Trumpet with Paul Plunkett and James Blunt (Monteverdi Vespers), Opera Australia. The Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Principal Trumpet with ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in Melbourne. On many occasions I played Baroque Trumpet with Paul Plunkett in various orchestras, performimg J.S.Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Easter Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah and a number of Handel Operas. I have performed as a soloist on Baroque Trumpet with members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. My father, Charles Lindsay, being a wonderful Jazz pianist, instilled in me a love of Classic Jazz although as children, my sisters and I grew up mainly listening to orchestral music, this included great orchestral recordings of musical theatre including the great ‘West Side Story’, as conducted by Leonard Bernstein himself. So, as a trumpet player, I was drawn to playing Jazz. After moving back to Sydney, having spent two years in Melbourne (teaching at PLC, Phantom of The Opera and conducting various orchestras including Victoria State Music Camp), I regained my roots in my home town.
During this time I met the boys from the 1980’s band ‘The Cockroaches’. This led me to a close association with Anthony Field from ‘The Wiggles’. We produced an album of Irish / Australian music called ‘Haste to the Wedding’ (1996). We produced it as a stage show in 1997. This was the early years of the ‘John Field Band’ of which I was and still am part of. This is a high energy 8 piece band performing at major coporate events, weddings and public performances including New Years Eve at Darling Harbour.
I have written, recorded and arranged music with ‘The Wiggles’ since 1995. I have been involved in over a dozen CD’s and DVD’s including ‘The Wiggles Movie’ and the recent Wiggles Production; ‘The Kingdom Of Paramithi’ in which I arranged and orchestrated over 30 tunes by Sir Arthur Sullivan for their new T.V. show.
Bronwyn’s theatre credits include the role of Antonia in Man of La Mancha, Grizabella in Cats in Hamburg, Germany, Sleeping Beauty on Ice and she performed alongside Elaine Page in Shanghai and Beijing, China in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber for the Really Useful Company and toured Australia with The Tim Rice Concert Spectacular where she toured with Tim Rice, Anthony Warlow, INXS, Kate Ceberano , Bachelor Girl, David Essex.
Bronwyn has performed with The John Field Band since 2005 recording their album “Night Will Fall” in 2008.
Bronwyn has performed backing vocals for INXS, Jacki Love and Merryl Leppard and more recently for Michael Ball in Michael Ball in Concert. She has recorded vocals for many artists including Rob Guest, The Foresters and Tania Kernighan. She has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on ABC TV and has been a guest artist for the Australian Olympic Committee, performing her own material and at the MO Awards appearing with Don Lane.
Bronwyn has appeared in numerous television commercials including Mortein, Sunbeam BBQ, Starburst Sucks, Chanel 7 testimonials and Tynan Cars, training films, corporate events and written and performed her own cabaret show.
Paul Parrish - Graphic & Creative Artist All of our logos, book covers and illustrations are the work of highly talented artist; Paul Parrish. "My name is Paul Parrish ,English by birth but Australian by choice and I've been drawing all my life.I'm completely self taught and only started painting in oils 3 years ago for my own enjoyment but due to interest from friends and family I've started doing commisioned works.My prefered subjects are animals,wild or domestic(pets especially) but I'll give anything a go.If you are interested in commisioning a work in either pencil on paper or oil on canvas I can be contacted at email@example.com. Prices will vary according to size,medium and complexity of subject matter" Paul is available to paint or draw CD covers, Company logos, Book Illustrations, pet portraits etc.
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Lesley, Phil’s life and business partner is, for many clients, the first point of contact at “Fiddlin’ Phil Productions”. It is Lesley who handles most aspects of marketing, promotions and accounts in the business. Lesley deals with school orders, bookings for workshops etc and all communications concerning sales and promotions.
Lesley is well experienced in the business side of things having begun her working career as a clerk with Lumley’s insurance and then worked as a trainee accountant with ICI in Sydney. Lesley has many years experience in managing Phil’s production studio, liaising with musicians, organizing gigs, maintaining the accounts and keeping the books for the production studio.
Aside from her experience in business management, Lesley has a passion for education, in particular for the early childhood years. She believes strongly in providing opportunities for young children in the performing arts. Lesley completed her Diploma in Child Care at the Barrier Reef TAFE College in Townsville and worked as a group leader at the James Cook University Student Union Child Care Centre. While living in Armidale, NSW she was the Co-Ordinator of After School Care at the New England Girls’ School and, while Phil was at St Paul’s Grammar School, Penrith, Lesley worked in the After School Care program.
With her well-developed skills set in business management and accounting, gained over many years managing musicians and the business side of music production, and her interest and experience in early childhood education Lesley provides a wonderfully balanced approach to the management of ‘Fiddlin’ Phil Productions’.