In Conversation / Rob Hirst

Storytelling was taken to new heights in November as Rob Hirst, drummer and song writer of Midnight Oil spent the day at Camberwell Girls to round out the School’s 2015 ‘In Conversation’ series.

As one of Australia’s leading rock bands in the 1980s, Midnight Oil drew massive crowds wherever they played, including in Australia, North America and Europe. This event at Camberwell Girls was to be no different. Among students, staff and parents, were some die-hard fans, and as expected the School Library filled quickly.

Rob’s conversational gift proved to be both enthralling and informative. Those in attendance were given a true insight into the life of one of the most successful and iconic bands in the pantheon of Australian contemporary music. Similarly, there was an immense generosity when Rob demonstrated some of the ways he goes about song writing.

Rob, who has long been considered one of the world’s best drummers, kindly led a one hour drum workshop on the same day for our Senior School percussion students. This ‘money can’t buy’ experience will definitely go down as a highlight of the year for those girls fortunate enough to attend. Their new knowledge was quickly put to the test as they played an impromptu piece with Rob to open the evening’s ‘In Conversation’ event.

Mathew Duniam, the School’s percussion teacher confirmed that Rob showed a genuine curiosity for the girls’ musical interests.

“He motivated insightful group discussions and twisted entertaining anecdotes into advice for approaching learning, living and playing music. Rob also emphasised the importance of fearlessness on stage, embracing creativity without judgement, and exploring a broad range of music through deep, critical and passionate listening,” says Mathew.

As the last ‘In Conversation’ of the year, Rob ensured it was a smashing success.