Kevin Hocking

 

Kevin Hocking's long career in music began in the early fifties.  After several years in Europe, he returned to Australia to spend a couple of years at HSV7 before going to GTV9 to play piano in the 'In Melbourne Tonight' unit.

 

Moving on to the ABC, Kevin was part of the ABC Melbourne Show Band, playing piano, orchestrating, and finally taking over as Music Director.

During his ABC days he wrote numerous TV scores which are still heard around the world.  One of these, 'Nature of Australia', won the French Television Award for best Documentary score of that year.

 

The nineties saw the beginning of a fruitful collaboration as musical director for Simon Gallaher's new productions of 'The Pirates of Penzance', 'The Mikado' and 'HMS Pinafore'. 

 

His contribution to theatre has been recognised by the Footlighter's Award in 1983, and the Green Room Award for Musical Direction in 1995 for "The Mikado".

 

In 2004, Kevin completed a commission by the West Australian Ballet to transform Puccini's opera, 'La Boheme' into an orchestral ballet.  The double CD set, recorded by the West Australian orchestra and produced by the ABC has been very successful and one of Kevin’s original compositions from that recording was chosen by the ABC for inclusion in their Gold Edition ‘Swoon Collection’ album.

 

Kevin was awarded an ‘Order of Australia Medal’ in 2006  for his services to music as a composer, arranger, conductor and pianist.