DAVID AND CHRIS FARRANDS
David completed his studies at the Victorian College of Arts with a distinction in trumpet performance. He has since held many positions in Victoria, both as a player and a teacher. David has performed with the Orchestra Victoria and the Melbourne Symphony. As a chamber musician he has played with the Melbourne Brass Ensemble for over 20 years. David has arranged and recorded music for The Glass Soldier which is a cassation or musical story about his grandfather Nelson Ferguson. This has been recorded and broadcast by the ABC and performed throughout Victoria to great acclaim. David has taught at many of Melbourne's best Private schools and is currently Band Coordinator at The Knox School. He has also taught at Victorian College of Arts and Melbourne University for over 25 years. His diverse interests range from enjoying glorious brass and organ music in churches and cathedrals, to making interesting junior arrangements for very young brass students.
In 2008 Chris completed a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Melbourne studying with Michael Bertoncello. In 2008 he travelled to America to undertake lessons with Joe Alessi (New York Philharmonic) Charlie Vernon and Michael Mulchahy (Chicago symphony orchestra). Since 2006 has been a regular performer with the ANAM orchestra including performances with Daniel Harding and Richard Tognetti. Chris has been a member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra and twice participated in the Australian International Summer Orchestral Institute in Tasmania. In 2004 he received his AmusA through the AMEB. Chris is a casual musician with Orchestra Victoria and also the Australian Pops Orchestra. As a soloist Chris competed in the 2006 Barry Tuckwell prize at the Melbourne International Festival of Brass. He is a member of the Melbourne Villers-Brettoneaux brass ensemble and is currently Head of Brass at Genazzano FCJ College.