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Our Story and Team

A bit of background first

Ambient Orchestras is an award-winning program that has been running since 2008. Our workshops are run by experienced and qualified facilitators, music industry professionals and Australian songwriters. Our facilitators have delivered workshops to businesses and government in Australia and Asia, founded new music programs, and toured nationally and internationally with notable Australian bands. Ambient Orchestras has delivered hundreds of workshops since 2006.

Our workplace workshops have successfully enhanced the creativity and innovative thinking of teams that work as a genuine unit towards organisational or team goals and develop and use new communication skills through playing, creating and recording music together.

Ambient Orchestras' workshops address genuine inclusion – everyone plays an instrument – and genuine creativity – musical pieces are written and performed by the participants. Our clients have witnessed the way the workshops have galvanized teams and increased the confidence of participants.

Our community programs have grown throughout Melbourne. Groups have performed at art gallery openings, rock festivals, conventions as well as putting on their own concerts. Some groups of people with intellectual disabilities collaborated with theatre companies and prominent Australian musicians, while also enjoying local and national radio airplay. School groups have been successful in addressing issues of well-being and positive notions of mental health for young people, as well as resulting in wonderful original music created and performed.

Ambient Orchestras was announced as the joint winner of the Music in Communities Awards in December 2009. The Music in Communities Awards are an initiative of “Music. Play for Life”, the Music Council of Australia’s grassroots music advocacy program aimed at getting more Australians musically active. In its first year, Ambient Orchestras has won this respected award, applauding the promotion of inclusion and wellbeing in the community through music, recognising Ambient Orchestras’ dedication to bringing artistic minds together to work as a team in a composing, rehearsing, recording and performing environment.

A quick introduction to our team!

Our team has expertise through many fields, including working with corporate, government and community clients. We’ve worked extensively with local, state and federal governments, IT, health, telecommunications, utilities, human resources, training organisations, banking and finance, as well as community groups and schools.

  John Edgar is the founder of Ambient Orchestras. John has recorded and toured extensively with a variety of acts, including 11-time Golden Guitar winner Sara Storer, Goanna's Shane Howard, The Ploughboys, Dalriada, Paul Hicks, Peter Denahy, Davidson Brothers and Mrs Wainwright. He has worked in community organisations, Adult Training Support Services (ATSS) and disability residential services environments in Melbourne and Galway, Ireland, for the last fourteen years. He directed multi-cultural choirs in Melbourne's north and has a Graduate Diploma in Disability Studies. John is one of Melbourne's best-known and well respected bass guitar players while also played vocals and piano with bands throughout Australia.

  Alexi Lynch has facilitated workshops for business and local government around Australia and Asia – from Melbourne to Mudgee to Gwangju in South Korea. He completed a bachelor of commerce degree at Melbourne University in 2003 majoring in Economics and has studied organisation behaviour and human resource management. He has also studied at the Australian Institute of Management and has managed teams in a number of organisations. In 2001 he co-founded a music program with members of Melbourne’s Sudanese community. This initiative fostered the teaching, performing and recording of original and traditional music. Alexi co-founded the Environmental Jobs Network (EJN) in 2001 and in 2004 he hosted a weekly TV show on environmental careers, which aired for 8 weeks on Channel 31 in Melbourne. He plays guitar, piano, vocals and percussion.

  John Candlish has a degree in Management Communications from Deakin University and a Masters of Communication from RMIT. Through his training and experience John has worked on areas of Public Relations, Change Communication and Crisis Communication as well as dealing with Mass Media and Human Resource Management. His Masters thesis (2007) focused on whether Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a useful avenue to address the ethical challenges faced by business. He has worked as an employment consultant and most recently managed a team of compliance officers at Vision Australia. John has worked with major clients around Australia including NAB, ANZ, Victoria Police and the RSPCA. John plays guitar and sings.





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