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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

One day, I had an idea...

In 2018, the award-winning book, What Do You Do With An Idea? was brought to life in music in South Australia. Composer Paul Rissmann was commissioned to devise a new work for orchestra and children's choir, inspired by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom's words and illustrations. The production premiered at the Adelaide Town Hall by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Young Adelaide Voices, Christie Anderson (Choral Director), Paul Rissmann (Narrator), Carlie Angel (Dancer), Emily Gann (Producer), Graham Abbott (Conductor). The London Symphony Orchestra presented the work to sold out audiences at the Barbican in 2019. It was clear that this extraordinary production has an incredible power to inspire people of all ages to believe in their own ideas and potential.

Since 2018, Connecting the Dots in Music has been directing a new phase of the Idea with a vision of enabling young people right around the world to creatively engage with this powerful narrative and score. The project seeks to inspire communities to come together as they bring to life their very own artistic version of this powerful story.

  • Commercial recording with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Young Adelaide Voices, narrated by Tilda Cobham-Hervey

  • Commissioning of a version of the original score for a smaller touring ensemble, premiered by students of Immanuel College with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra


  • Internationally available cross-arts Creativity Guide education resource for primary and secondary schools 

  • Creativity Workshops in schools that see young people nurturing and building their own musical ideas through collaborative composition led by specialist Teaching Artists. 

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.

What Do You Do With An Idea?
Music by Paul Rissmann

The recording by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Young Adelaide Voices and Tilda Cobham Hervey is now available on all major streaming services.

Creativity Guide for Schools

Accompanying the recording is our Creativity Guide, a jam-packed educational resource for teachers to creatively explore both the story and music of What Do You Do With an Idea? with students, across the 5 arts areas: Music, Dance, Drama, Visual Art and Media Arts.

Purchase the Creativity Guide for AU$45 as a PDF digital download.


Written by Thea Martin and Kat Ogierman, the Creativity Guide provides you with in-depth, flexible and accessible lesson plans, activities and teaching notes across 4 exploration areas, of which are explored through each of the Arts areas.

Exploration Areas:

  1. A Place Where it's Safe to Dream

  2. A Bit Different!

  3. Caring for Your Idea

  4. A Part of Everything

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Students of Immanuel College brought to life What Do You Do With An Idea? alongside members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in 2021 at Once Upon A Festival

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Generously funded by Arts South Australia, Roger & Helen Salkeld


Thank you to Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Young Adelaide Voices and Compendium for their tireless support and commitment to bringing this Idea to life. 

2021 Project Team:

Creative Production Team:

Emily Gann (Project Director/Creative Producer)

Christie Anderson (Choral Director)

Luke Dollman (Orchestra Conductor)

Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Narrator)

Thea Martin (Education Resource Coordinator)

Kat Ogierman (Education Resource Coordinator)

Kieran Ellis (Videographer)

Karen De Nardi (Website Design)

Collaborating Organisations:

Connecting the Dots in Music

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Young Adelaide Voices

International Partners:

Kobi Yamada (Author)

Paul Rissmann (Composer)

Compendium (Publisher)

Illustrations by Mae Besom with permission by Compendium Inc. 

Videography: Crystal Arrow Films

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