Peter is a national living treasure, and we were treated to an intimate evening with a live cello performance of his work Requiem by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Sue-Ellen Paulsen as well as listening to recordings of some of his works with Peter sharing his inspirations for writing these compositions.
He is a strong supporter of Greening Australia, with his compositions inspired by Australian landscapes. Peter liked GA’s vision to restore Australian landscapes at a scale that could be seen from space and is inspired to compose a symphony about it, although he added it would be almost as challenging to compose a symphony about this as it would be to restore Australia’s landscapes at this scale!
The recital and talk were organised to raise money to support Greening Australia in developing a science and ecology learning centre at Mount Nelson in Hobart. The learning centre, which is being developed by the CSIRO, Independent Schools, Catholic Schools Association and the Tasmanian Education Department, aims to offer every Tasmanian school pupil a window into science and ecology.
Greening Australia board member and Tasmanian vice-president Carol Westmore said: ''Our hope is that the centre will help to inspire primary school aged children to better understand their environment and natural resource management, and maybe go on to consider science as a career.''
''The centre will be the first six-star green-star development in Tasmania,'' she said. ''It is being built from recycled materials using new technologies and should be completed by July.''
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