Ian Dorricott was born in Brisbane in 1949 and attended the West Bundaberg Primary School, the Bundaberg State High School and the University of Queensland. He’s taught at Yeronga High School, Brisbane Girls Grammar School and St Josephís College, Gregory Terrace and his qualifications include a B. A. (Hons.)/B. Mus. (University of Qld, 1971), A. Mus. Ian has written and co-written several primary and secondary music texts, the latter being the most widely-used music texts in Australia. They include: Exploring Film Music (McGraw-Hill)** [Yrs 9-12] Listen to the Music (McGraw-Hill) [Yr 8] In Tune With Music, Books 1, 2 and 3 (McGraw-Hill)** [Yrs 9-12] Music: A Creative Approach, Books 1 and 2 (Art House)** [Yrs 11-12] The World of Music, Books 1 and 2 (Reed International Books)* [Yrs 5-6] (**with Bernice Allan; *with Lenore Bateman) Ian has written the music for several musicals which have been performed by over 1,000 schools and drama groups both nationally and internationally. These musicals, published and controlled by Maverick Musicals, include: Man of Steel (1978), Sheer Luck Holmes (1980), Sheik, Rattle and Roll (1980), Bats (1983), The Circus (1985), Smithy (1986), Pollies (1989), Go Noah! (1992), Henry (1993), His Majestyís Pleasure (1994), The Pommy Baronet (1999), Curse of the Mummy (2000) and Min Min (2000) His Majestyís Pleasure and The Pommy Baronet are aimed at a higher level and are written for adult performers. Man of Steel is the most staged theatrical work in Australia and in terms of numbers of performances, Ian Dorricott is the most-performed contemporary theatre composer in Australia.
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