Clear all unwanted text and adjust this template for the specific needs of the task. Template: Biography: generic example The student’s task is to write a biography of an Inspiring Australian to be published in a class booklet titled 25 Inspiring Lives. The Title William Barton, didgeridoo player and composer Introduction: Name, William Barton is one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and reason for choosing. composers. His music inspires great respect for Aboriginal cultural heritage and pride in being Australian. Born in Mt Isa in 1981, Barton is a direct descendent of the Kalkadunga tribe. Orientation: Dates When he was eight years old he was taught to play the didgeridoo by his and belonging. uncle, an elder from the Waanyi tribe of North West Queensland. By the time he was eleven Barton was playing the didgeridoo at traditional aboriginal funerals and ceremonies and by 12, Barton was Important milestones playing with aboriginal dance troupes in Sydney. During his teenage in order of when they years he began to teach others about aspects of traditional indigenous happened culture. He moved to Brisbane when he was still a teenager to be an artist in Further residence with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. This was the first achievements and appointment of an indigenous person in any Australian Symphony Orchestra. events In 2003, William Barton was a joint winner of the Music Council of Australia, Freedman Foundation Award for Classical Music. Now, Barton plays the didgeridoo with orchestras all over the world. The deep rich sound of his didgeridoo blends with violins and other conventional More about the instruments from the classic tradition. He works in a very collaborative way person, abilities and with other musicians and composers and inspires lots of other young contribution musicians through workshops. William Barton’s own compositions include: Silent Earth for brass quintet and Song for Country for wind quintet. He shows people that the didgeridoo is not just an exotic instrument but one which can take its place on the world stage of orchestral music. He shows that it takes a great deal of skill and technique, stamina and training to play the didgeridoo in such a hauntingly beautiful way. Although still in his twenties, William Barton has won deep respect from Re- orientation, composers and conductors of orchestral music. He has made orchestral statement about why music exciting to younger Australians and he takes a rich and inspiring part person is inspiring of Australian culture to the rest of the world. 314 words Bibliography Australia Council 2006, Profile on William Barton. [on-line], available from http://www.ozco.gov.au/artsinaustralia/artists/artistsmusic/william_barton/ (accessed 10 June 2007). Whitehat 2007, The White hat guide to William Barton [on-line], available from URL: http://www.whitehat.com.au/Queensland/People/Barton.asp (accessed 17 May 2007). Louise Maral, 2007 Creature features celebrity: William Barton ABC Queensland, [on-line], available from URL: http://www.abc.net.au/creaturefeatures/celeb/williambarton.htm (accessed 17 May 2007).
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