Coffs? 100 years about to be told in a song



PAUL Jarman has seen the light.

Standing yesterday beside the giant optic of the South Solitary Island Lighthouse, the nationally known composer and musician said the light evoked freedom, safety and a guiding spirit.

Mr Jarman is spending a week in Coffs Harbour immersing himself in its history and culture, especially its maritime past and looking for stories and anecdotes that might become part of a song.

Two Federal Government grants have allowed the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium and Coffs Harbour City Council to commission Mr Jarman to write the words and music for a choral work for the city. This will be sung by a choir of 60 Coffs Coast voices in December as part of this year's celebrations of the centenary of local government.

Paul Jarman said he wrote music "of a universal nature", neither pop music nor inaccessible classical music, and he was not going down the path of making the lyrics too obvious.

He loves history and is fascinated by maritime subjects. His song Shackleton is one of the most popular Australian choral works.

Anyone with a great yarn can email him on jarms@idx.com.au



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