ABOUT THE NPCO
Palm Court Orchestras were popular in the 1920′s and 30′s for playing light instrumental music in an intimate setting. The New Palm Court Orchestra (NPCO) injects this seductive format with a fresh vitality, delivering a rich palette of beautifully evocative original music.
Founded by Australian pianist and composer Gemma Turvey in 2011, the NPCO is a chamber orchestra with a core of nine players comprising some of Melbourne’s talented classical, jazz and improvising musicians. Directed by Gemma at the piano, it features Jeremy Blackman and Larissa Aguiar (violins) Phoebe Green (viola), Anna Orzech (cello), Tom Lee (bass), Karen Heath (clarinets and flute), Rosie Savage (French horn) and Craig Beard (percussion).
The NPCO has enjoyed collaborations with renowned guest soloists including multi Grammy Award winning cellist Eugene Friesen (USA), Australian guitarist Doug de Vries, and Melbourne premiere vocal ensemble The Consort of Melbourne, and have enjoyed stand out performances at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon, Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room, and The Great Hall in Canberra.
The NPCO is about inspiring and awakening new audiences to the art of improvisation within instrumental music. Their performances span classical, jazz, folk and Latin American influences and feature melodic improvisation in almost every work.
The NPCO have two studio albums, Landscapes for a Mind’s Eye (2011) and Between the Lines (2015) available online here.