Featuring Aunty Delmae Barton with Vanessa Tomlinson, Erik Griswold and Samuel Pankhurst

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Hope’s Beautiful Symphony presents a sonic landscape drawing on Bidjara Elder Auntie Delmae’s childhood in and around Emerald.

Mixed with the evocative, shimmering colours of pianist Erik Griswold, percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson, and bassist Samuel Pankhurst, expect a slow-moving meditation in sound, memories and newly discovered improvisatory futures.

This band all live within five kilometres of each other, and first came together early in the pandemic for weekly jams in the studio below Erik and Vanessa’s house. What at first was a musical outlet for four frustrated musicians in lockdown, became a band of friends exploring new musical languages.



Thu 14 Oct, 2021




New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End


General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased


60 mins


Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.



Aunty Delmae Barton

Widely recognized as Australia’s Dreamtime Opera Diva, Delmae Barton is a prolific solo artist whose collaborated both nationally and internationally with musicians and composers for a range of strong perfomances and events including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Erik Griswold

Erik Griswold is a composer and pianist working in contemporary classical, improvised and experimental forms. The recipient of an Australia Council Fellowship in Music, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, and numerous individual grants Erik’s music has been performed in Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, OzAsia Festival, and Brisbane Festival, among others.

Samuel Pankhurst

A composer, producer, double bassist and curator, Samuel Pankhurst’s work can be heard across film, dance and TV as well as that of his group Yirinda with Badtjala songman Fred Leone across Australia.

Vanessa Tomlinson

A percussive artist and Professor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Vanessa Tomlinson explores how sound shapes our lives. After touring the world for 25 years and with a history in experimental music, her work considers how we listen; awakening our ears to new sounds in new spaces, with the hope that attentive listening will lead to attentive custodianship of place. 


This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.


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