Internationally acclaimed music educator and composer PAUL RISSMANN joins the TSO for Family Classics Concert May 16

The TSO will be joined by renowned music educator and composer Paul Rissmann for SIR SCALLYWAG AND THE GOLDEN UNDERPANTS, Tuesday May 16 at Federation Concert Hall. Recommended for children aged 6 and above, this concert is part of the TSO Family Classics Series.

Paul’s guest residency with the TSO continues on Wednesday 17, presenting his children’s work THE MAGIC OF MERLIN to Tasmanian school students (grades 3-6) as part of the TSO’s Education Program.

Direct from the UK, passionate music educator Paul Rissmann currently holds the position of Animateur with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). His composition Bamboozled for audience and orchestra has been performed worldwide by over 45,000 people and was performed at an Olympic Torch relay in the UK by the Philharmonia Orchestra and in Avery Fisher Hall by the New York Philharmonic. In 2014, Paul appeared as the LSO’s Creative Director in a Channel 4 (UK) documentary Addicts’ Symphony, exploring how music can be therapeutic in overcoming addiction. Paul has hosted Classics Unwrapped for BBC Radio Scotland, created a critically acclaimed series of music discovery concerts for adults called Naked Classics, and performs Uncovered with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants, is based on a book by award-winning children’s author Giles Andreae, and comes to life in this concert that combines music, storytelling and projected images and tells the story of crazy King Colin and his prized possession - his golden underpants.

One night a giant sneaks into his castle and steals his beloved undies. The giant believes that if he wears the pants on his head, he’ll be able to take over the kingdom. Only the bravest knight in the land will be able to fix things, so King Colin summons the mighty Sir Scallywag - who is just six years old. Chaos ensues!

‘In 2012, I was commissioned by Music in the Round in Sheffield to set this crazy tale to music,’ says Rissmann, ‘I wrote a 20-minute musical adventure for narrator and ensemble with lots of opportunities for young people to join in with the action on stage. A year later, the London Symphony Orchestra asked me to create a larger version of the work for their early years series, and this is the music your children will hear in concert.’

This work requires audience participation.


The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

TUESDAY 16 May, 6.00pm
Federation Concert Hall, Hobart

Child tickets $10.00 |Adult tickets from $26
At or 1800 001 190.