ABOUT THE NPCO
The New Palm Court Orchestra (NPCO) is a passionate chamber ensemble, inspiring audiences by bridging traditions using music as a language.
Founded in 2011 by Australian pianist and composer Gemma Turvey, the NPCO is based in Melbourne and has a core of nine players comprising some of the city’s most talented classical, jazz and improvising musicians.
Palm Court Orchestras were popular in the 1920′s and 30′s for playing light instrumental music in intimate settings. The New Palm Court Orchestra injects this format with a fresh and modern vitality. Their performances showcase music of Australian composers, bridge classical, jazz and world influences and feature improvisation in almost every work. With this freedom, the NPCO provides a portal for anyone to engage and enjoy live, contemporary instrumental music.
The NPCO champions music education, and has delivered programs for composition and improvisation tuition to primary school children with inspiring results, including mostly recently premiering nine original compositions by students of Buninyong Primary School in regional Victoria.
The NPCO is renowned for high quality partnerships, enjoying collaborations with guest soloists including multi Grammy Award winning cellist Eugene Friesen (USA), Australian guitarist Doug de Vries, premiere vocal ensemble The Consort of Melbourne and countertenor Maximilian Riebl with standout performances at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House, Spring 1883 and the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Watch NPCO on YouTube. Visit youtube.com/npcoau
The NPCO have two studio albums, Landscapes for a Mind’s Eye (2011) and Between the Lines (2015) available online here.