There is an Island

Australian history in a tuneful, dramatic cantata by Don Kay, depicting the short history of the demise of the full-blood Tasmanian Aboriginal race and the early convict days. Includes The Song of the Maypole.

The second work by George Dreyfus is set during the time of the gold rush and is designed to familiarise children with the instruments in the orchestra.


Australian Rosny Childrens Choir

The Australian Rosny Children's Choir started in 1967 by music teacher Jennifer Filby, has toured extensively within Australia, performing in all the major concert venues, and appearing with the Sydney, Melbourne, South Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has an enviable reputation as one of the world's great small orchestras. It has a full-time playing strength of 47 musicians, which can be augmented for specific programming purposes.

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Track Listing

  1. The Island Don Kay
  2. Song of the Aborigines Don Kay
  3. The coming of great swans Don Kay
  4. West Country seaman Don Kay
  5. Free settlers Don Kay
  6. Convicts Don Kay
  7. Hobart Town / The black war Don Kay
  8. Lament of the Aborigines Don Kay
  9. The land we share Don Kay
  10. The Song of the Maypole George Dreyfus
  11. We're off to dig golden dust George Dreyfus
  12. Children and mothers song George Dreyfus
  13. From the mulga thicket George Dreyfus
  14. Maypole dance George Dreyfus



Don Kay

Don Kay has composed much music for professional individuals, ensembles, young performers, amateur groups, theatre, concert and public occasions. Over time his music has increasingly resulted from response to the Tasmanian landscape, ecology and history.

George Dreyfus

One of Australia's best known composers, especially the theme from the TV series "Rush", George Dreyfus was recently awarded a the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany at the Victorian Parliament House, for services to music.

Where to buy

There is an Island can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’ and Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Robert Smith
Max Absolom
Martin Wright
ABC Odeon Hobart
Release date
© 1993 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
℗ 1993 Move Records
Australian, Choral, Classical, Orchestral, Vocal
Catalogue number
MD 3116
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574311624