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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, Paul Rissmann was commissioned to compose a new work for orchestra and children's choir, inspired by the acclaimed book What Do You Do with An Idea? by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom. Rissmann's magical work was premiered at the Adelaide Town Hall by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Young Adelaide Voices, Paul Rissmann (Narrator), Carlie Angel (Dancer), Emily Gann (Producer). Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican 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.

The one day, something amazing happened...

Through a new major partnership, Connecting the Dots in Music is directing a new phase of the Idea that will enable young people right around the world to creatively engage with and perform this powerful narrative and score. The broad vision of this project seeks to inspire communities to come together as they bring to life their very own version of this incredible 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 that will premiere on October 28 at the inaugural Once Upon a Festival, presented by Immanuel College and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra


  • Internationally available cross-arts education resource for primary and secondary schools to explore the value and potential of ideas and creativity

  • Performance package for schools and communities to hire that will enable young people to perform the work in their own settings, accompanied by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra recording. 

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”.

New website and resource available mid 2022

Read how we brought our golden idea to life in 2018

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Tilda Cobham-Hervey (narrator)

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

Paul Rissmann 

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)

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. 

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Illustrations by Mae Besom with permission by Compendium Inc. 

Photo credits: Roy Vandervegt (Adelaide)