John Carmichael – Episode 1
John Carmichael – Episode 1

October 5th, 2020


Episode #1: John Carmichael OAM

Recognised in 2011 for his contributions to the arts with the Medal of the Order of Australia, John Carmichael is a celebrated Australian composer and concert pianist. Discover the inspirations and relationships behind his music, as well as the influence of languages and cultures from his travels and career as a professional linguist, in this in-depth interview with 3MBS presenter Teddy Darling. Now celebrating his 90th birthday, this humble and generous musician has a wealth of life experience, advice, and exciting stories to share with 3MBS listeners.

Join John and Teddy live for the musical sequel to this interview with a full-length feature broadcast on Melbourne in Concert at 6PM Sunday 11 October, only on 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne.

Next episode: Hobart-based nonbinary singer and composer Quin Thomson (Sunday 18 October).


John’s music recommendations:
‘Bluebeard’s Castle’ – a one-act opera by Béla Bartók
Also check out the following composers: Maurice Ravel, plus Witold Lutosławski, Henri Dutilleux, Brett Dean, and James MacMillan (added by John via email addendum).

Listen to the feature broadcast live at 103.5FM, digital, or stream online at

Or listen to it on-demand after it airs at


This episode was written, hosted, and produced by Teddy Darling, with support from Adrian McEniery, Frank Prain, Stewart McMillan, and other staff members from 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne.

This episode features the following music with the permission of the artists:
‘Latin American Dances’ by John Carmichael, performed by Justin Kenealy and Coady Green
‘Concierto Folklorico’ by John Carmichael, performed by Carles and Sofia with the Orquesta Juvenil del SODRE, conducted by Ariel Britos.

The Musicmakers theme music is ‘Bahama Rhumba’ from ‘Latin American Dances’ by John Carmichael, performed live on Melbourne in Concert by Justin Kenealy and Coady Green at 3MBS on 28 July 2019 in the Lady Marigold Southey Performance Studio.