In the media - Noble takes lead at the zoo

16 December 2010

CON Alumnus Guy Noble will join voices with soprano Yvonne Kenny at the opening night of the Twilight concert series at Taronga Zoo next month.

The conductor and pianist will accompany Kenny and guest tenor James Egglestone in a concert that will include favourites from shows such as West Side Story and Oklahoma and classical arias, including Puccini's Nessun Dorma.

Noble studied piano at the Sydney Conservatorium , and in London under acclaimed accompanist Geoffrey Parsons. But his conducting training grew from musical theatre.

He told the North Shore Times: "Very few people are as passionate and prepared as Yvonne Kenny. It's not a serious concert, but it's such a beautiful venue.

"My happiest audiences are outdoors with a picnic and a glass of wine.

"I'm increasingly less snobby as I get older. I started conducting as assistant director on Hello Dolly! It was great training ground."

Noble recounts working with Hugh Jackman on Sunset Boulevard in October 1996, when musical director and conductor Brian Stacey was killed the night before opening night.

"I took on the job. It was a very difficult time. Hugh Jackman was delightful, charming and super-professional, but it was a terrible business."

Noble is currently on tour with pop/motown band Human Nature.

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