Kimbali Harding

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Conductor of the Bruch Bio:

Kimbali Harding is Karen Carey’s deputy and an accomplished performer in her own right. Beginning her musical journey at 3, studying both violin and piano, Kim won a scholarship to MLC. Thriving under Karen Carey and staff, she topped the State in HSC Music in Year 11, winning a Premier’s Prize for outstanding performance.

After graduating in Music from  Sydney University (where she also featured playing piano in Bob's previous film made with Robin Anderson "Facing the Music") Kim studied piano in Paris
under Madame Clidat, performing at a number of international competitions. After studying Musicology at the Sorbonne, she returned to Sydney to teach at MLC. Kim’s passionate about teaching, whether it be musicology or choral performance, working with students from kindergarten to senior level.

Kimbali's thoughts on the film

I feel very grateful and proud to have been part of this project. Proud because it gives me a very rare opportunity to sit and reflect on the achievements of our students. They are amazing people and it is such a privilege to have been part of their lives at such a pivotal time. Funnily enough it is not Emily's journey that I find the most striking. After 2 years have past, I am reminded of all those amazing girls in the chamber ensembles, choir, my elective music class - who have now graduated and have gone on to be successful, wonderful and creative young women.

I am grateful because the film reaffirms my passionate belief that music should be a vital part of all children's lives. I was always worried about the public perception of private and public education, however I believe the film focuses on the development of children as people and musicians - there is no other agenda. These children regardless of their backgrounds or privileges are amazing creative and resilient people who give so much of themselves, it amazes me that some audience members have missed this point. Ideally all children in Australia should have access to these types of experiences and this movie has made a big step towards putting the issue into the public forum - for this I am grateful. Hopefully the debate will continue, and as a society we will start to prioritise creative education.

The filming process was personally lost in the hulabaloo of crazy and tiring days that make up the school calendar. There was no time to worry about changing or modifying my behaviour for the camera. So I was very apprehensive to see how I came across on the screen. To be frank the first time I saw the film I cringed and felt ill the few times that I appear on the screen. However with time I have come to realise that the Bob and Sophie have done an amazingly good job at portraying the essential truth of my professional character in a very short amount of edited time. Rather than worry about it, I have taken this as a good opportunity to reflect on my teaching practices and conducting technique:)