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“Imagine what it would look like if each and every child truly believed in themselves and their ideas. We have the opportunity to connect, uplift and inspire entire communities. This amazing work is a gift, and gifts are meant to be shared.”

Kobi Yamada



Between 2016-2018, Emily Gann led the commissioning process of a new immersive orchestral work by award-winning composer Paul Rissmann. Inspired by the acclaimed book What Do You Do with An Idea? by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom, Rissmann's magical work for symphony orchestra, dancer, narrator and children's choir, was premiered by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Paul Rissmann (narrator), Carlie Angel (dancer) and Young Adelaide Voices in 2018. Subsequently presented by the London Symphony Orchestra in 2019, this extraordinary piece of music has an incredible power to inspire people of all ages to believe in their own ideas and potential.

In partnership with Kobi Yamada and Paul Rissmann, Emily is driving a new phase of collaboration that will enable young people in schools and diverse communities right around the world to creatively engage with this powerful narrative and score.

Significant to this new project phase is the production of a professional recording by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Young Adelaide Voices in 2021, as well as the creation of a score for a smaller touring ensemble, and a bespoke creative workshop model for professional artists to deliver in educational, community and business settings. The broad vision of this project seeks to inspire communities and professional artists to come together as they bring to life their very own version of this incredible story.

At a time of such global challenge, we believe that now, more than ever before, we must empower our young people to believe in their creativity and ideas, and ultimately, “change the world”.

Hear how we brought our golden idea to life

“My aspiration is not just to entertain new listeners with the music, but to invite them to be part of it too."

Paul Rissmann 

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Illustrations by Mae Besom with permission by Compendium Inc. 

Photo credits: Roy Vandervegt (Adelaide)