Hocking, Kevin (1932-2019)

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Hocking, Kevin
Field of activity
Musician; Pianist; Conductor; Composer; pianist; composer; arranger; Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM); French Television Awards: Best Documentary Score; Green Room Awards: Best Musical Direction
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an36091976
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https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-613858

Biographies

Kevin Hocking has conducted and recorded with the Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, as well as Orchestra Victoria and the Australian Pops. His career in music began in the early 1950s when he spent five years in Europe and South Africa. Back in Australia, he worked for the band of television station HSV-7 before moving to GTV-9 in 1963 to play piano in Graham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight unit. Arrangements from his time at the station are held in the Geoff Harvey Collection at the National Library of Australia. In 1970, Hocking joined the ABC Melbourne Showband as pianist, arranger and chorus master, before becoming their Musical Director in 1980. During his ABC days, he wrote thousands of scores of a wide variety, including Nature of Australia, which won the French Television Award for Best Documentary Score for 1988. 1994 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, all of which were completely re-orchestrated by Hocking. His contribution to theatre has been recognised by the Footlighters Award in 1983, and the Green Room Award for Musical Direction in 1995 for The Mikado.In 2004, Hocking was commissioned to transform Puccini's opera, La Boheme into an orchestral ballet. The work was successfully performed and toured by the West Australian Ballet and the score was recorded by ABC records. Hocking was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his services to music as a composer, arranger, conductor and pianist. He was also highly sought after as an accompanist, playing for Simon Gallaher, Julie Anthony, James Morrison, Nancye Hayes and Toni Lamond, among others.

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  1. Kevin Hocking interviewed by Bill Stephens
    Hocking, Kevin, 1932-2019
    [ Sound : 2012 ]
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    At National Library
    Kevin Hocking interviewed by Bill Stephens
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  2. Theme from the Patchwork hero / by Kevin Hocking
    Hocking, Kevin, 1932-2019
    [ Printed music : 1980 ]
    At 6 libraries
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  3. The pirates of Penzance / by Gilbert and Sullivan ; directed & choreographed by Craig Schaefer ; produced & directed by Peter Butler
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    [ Video : 1900-2016 ]
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    At 53 libraries
    The pirates of Penzance / by Gilbert and Sullivan ; directed & choreographed by Craig Schaefer ; produced & directed by Peter Butler
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Resources about Kevin Hocking (1)

  1. Kevin Hocking interviewed by Bill Stephens
    Hocking, Kevin, 1932-2019
    [ Sound : 2012 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Kevin Hocking interviewed by Bill Stephens
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 109,072.453)

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Anonymous
2019-10-15 17:40:44.0

Kevin was not only one of Australia's great musical treasures, he was a true gentleman, kind and generous, and an absolute delight to work with.

Shane Hewitt, Melbourne VIC

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  1. Kevin Hocking plays piano. Kevin Hocking
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