Category: Music

New Venue for TWIST

The Futter Hall at The Kings School-- The new venue for TWIST

The continued growth of TWIST, the music conference of Emu Music and Youthworks is causing more growing pains. As a result of three years of capacity crowds, despite increasing the venue size every year, we need somewhere larger.

To solve this problem, we will be moving this year to The Kings School, in Parramatta, to a venue that can seat in excess of 1000 people.

This year’s conference will be held on Sat 12th – Sun 13th August, 2006. Our guest speaker is John Dickson.

For full details, including online registration, visit

Singing at the TWIST Live Recording

It was a great thrill to be a part of the TWIST Music Conference last weekend. This important event provides training and encouragement for people involved with music ministry in their local church.

During the weekend, I MC’d the main sessions (including the special live recording on the Saturday night for the upcoming EMU Music Live CD). I also conducted training sessions on the topics “Youth Ministry and Music” and “Rethinking Church”.

To read more about the conference, check out the recent article in titled “TWIST – but don’t shout.” You can also visit the official TWIST website at

Read article online at, click here. To discuss the article, visit the forums at

Nathan Tasker Concert

Last night I attended the Nathan Tasker concert in Chatswood. What a great night! Nathan has come an incredible way since he first started playing songs in front of his school mates in the early 90’s!

I had the privilege of managing Nathan’s music career during the time he launched his first two CDs. It was an exciting and rocky road, especially with the mega concert at the Homebush State Sports Centre in 1997 that turned out to be a little less mega than we had hoped!

Nathan continues to write wonderful songs that present the gospel of Jesus in a way that is both faithful to scripture and musically outstanding. His band last night was excellent, perfectly capturing the CD arrangements, whilst adding a great ‘live’ feel.

For more details on Nathan’s music visit

Colin Buchanan is joined on stage by special guests Liana and Jemimah McNeill!

This weekend, over 350 delegates joined together for the second annual TWIST Music Conference. Featuring talks by Mike Raiter, and music from Colin Buchanan, Nathan Tasker and Nicky Chiswell, the weekend was a wonderful success.

This joint venture of Emu Music ( and Anglican Youthworks ( provided practical music training, as well as two talks on the theology of music and song.

A highlight of the conference was the Saturday night with Colin, especially for me, as I was given the privilege to interview him, and also to see my two girls join him on stage for ‘Isaiah 53:6’ (see photo).

My role was to chair the sessions, which included an hour-long interview with Colin, a performance with Nathan Tasker, a panel with some guests, and the two standard sessions. I also conducted a training session called ‘Youth Ministry and Music’.

For details of next year’s conference, be sure to check ( or send me an email.

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