The Soundhouse Music Alliance is proud to have Mr John Foreman as its principle Patron since 2010. John is a committed advocate for music education and has given much of his time and passion to this for many years. He has been involved in one of the biggest public campaigns rallying for better music education opportunities in Schools, namely, Music Count Us. This promotes a message of better access to music education through the biggest mass celebration of school music.
John has also delivered several keynote speeches on the topic including at MTEC.
John Foreman is a musical director, pianist and composer, plus is a well recognised face on Australian television.
John wrote The Flame, which was performed by Tina Arena and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony. His compositions have also been performed by artists such as Vanessa Amorosi and Jose Carreras.
After many years tickling Bert Newton’s ivories on Good Morning Australia, John joined Australian Idol as musical director in 2003. He’s musical director and producer for Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight® and the TV Week Logie Awards, and an occasional contributor to the Nine Network’s 20 to 1. He hosted The Big Night In with John Foreman, and a Ten Network special, John Foreman Presents Burt Bacharach, which featured Bacharach performing live and being interviewed by John.
John has also worked with Chris Isaak, Reba McEntire, Joe Williams, James Galway and Shirley Bassey.
He’s also a jazz pianist. He has performed at jazz festivals in Montreal, Canada, Santa Barbara, USA and jazz venues in London.
He’s also the ambassador for Music. Count Us In, an initiative of the Australian Music Council, to encourage music education in schools, and he hosts the annual School Spectacular on ABC television.
Jenny Brash – Soundhouse Music Alliance Patron
Since the establishment of the Alfred Brash Soundhouse at the Victorian Arts Centre in 1986, and the subsequent growth of the Soundhouse Music Alliance, the Brash Family has been keen to support music making for all. Jenny’s late husband, Geoff Brash AM, was a luminary in the Australian music industry, and was a Member of the Order of Australia, received in recognition of his service to the community and retail music business. Geoff and Jenny gave strong support to the development the SMA Special Access Kit featuring the Banana Keyboard, and assisted in having it produced in China, through their links with the Roland Corporation. Jenny has maintained a strong connection with the Arts, and has a passionate interest in programs promoting access to music making, particularly for the disabled.
We are delighted to have Jenny’s continued support as a patron of the Soundhouse Music Alliance.
Chairman, Soundhouse Music Alliance, Feb 2019.