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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 Children's 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

    There is an Island Don Kay

  1. The Island
  2. Song of the Aborigines
  3. The coming of great swans
  4. West Country seaman
  5. Free settlers
  6. Convicts
  7. Hobart Town / The black war
  8. Lament of the Aborigines
  9. The land we share
  10. The Song of the Maypole George Dreyfus

  11. Overture
  12. We're off to dig golden dust
  13. Children and mothers song
  14. From the mulga thicket
  15. Maypole dance



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 is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

There is an Island is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including 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
Catalogue number
MD 3116
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574311624