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Anthony Barnhill

YOG 2013

Freelance Musician and Musical Director

“Yarra encourages students to step outside their comfort zone and to become a worldly person”

Over the past fifty years Yarra has inspired students to pursue their passions and interests. Yarra Old Grammarian, Anthony Barnhill, class of 2013, describes how the love of music he nurtured at School is taking him around Australia and the world.

Since leaving Yarra, Anthony has toured China as a musical director and pianist with the Australian International Opera Company. He’s enjoying success as a musical accompanist and and is part of the team producing the Victorian State Schools Spectacular that sees 2,000 students perform at Hisense Arena.

Anthony’s musical talents were honed during high school and he was heavily involved with Yarra’s music program.

“The ensembles had people from different year levels so I had friends of all ages and so many genres of music were catered for. I was part of classical orchestra one moment and big band the next. The School program exposed me to such a breadth of music.”

Not surprisingly, Anthony spent some enjoyable moments in the rehearsal room and was constantly inspired by his music teachers.

“As students, we really were so lucky to be here. There’s such a sense of community and I still have a core group of close friends from my School years.”

The School motto still resonates with Anthony who interprets it as looking to the horizon and recognising there are greater opportunities to be seized. His focus now is on expanding his musical career and to follow in the footsteps of respected Australian performers such as John Foreman and Chong Lim.


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