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Join Margaret and some of Australia's finest performers, for her Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac, Album Launch concert in Sydney, August 19 at 2.30pm. For tickets click here.

In February 2018 Margaret was interviewed by presenter Dennis Koks on Vox FM 106.9 Many of her works ranging from orchestral works to jazz were aired during the session.

'Warm Winds in Havana' suite for Saxophone Quartet and Percussion, recorded in Cuba in 2015, has since been on air on many Jazz Radio programs around the world, including a feature on HRT Croatia in April 2017 and a number of times on ABC Classic FM in Australia 2018. ABRAZO compilation CD.

14th September 2017: Margaret travelled to Prague for a concert performance of her 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle by the Prague Mixed Chamber Choir and soloists in the concert hall of the Czech Music Museum. The choir also recorded the cycle for this year's latest release Margaret's Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac album.

The complete book of music and lyrics for the 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle is now available. Click here for details.

Three new art songs in the collection titled 'From the Mountains to the Sea' for Mezzo-Soprano or Baritone voice and piano are now available. View the page for From the Mountains to the Sea for details.

Sensations recorded in the Czech Republic by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has been receiving a great deal of international airplay since it was released in May 2016. View the Performance and Recordings page for more information.

'Warm Winds in Havana' suite for Saxophone Quartet and Percussion, recorded in Cuba last year, has been on air on many Jazz Radio programs around the world and was featured on radio HRT Croatia on April 10th this year. ABRAZO compilation CD.


The Baragoola Sails to Manly

Music and lyrics by Margaret Brandman

'Seven Miles from Sydney and a Thousand Miles from Care'.


Photo credit John Darroch

Margaret Brandman and Martin Cooke on stage

Composed especially for Baritone Martin Cooke, this contemporary art song is suitable for either Baritone or Mezzo-Soprano voice ranges.

The song was premiered by Martin Cooke in association with composer/pianist
Margaret Brandman at a concert held in the Recital Hall East, at the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University, in Sydney on the 3rd of September 2016. The DVD of this concert performance is now available.

Martin writes: 'Your songs are beautifully composed for a singer'.


The Baragoola Sails to Manly – MMP 8103 is available as a PDF download here:

CONCERT DVD including a performance of 'The Baragoola Sails to Manly' sung by Baritone Martin Cooke.


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The Baragoola Sails to Manly
Lyrics by Margaret Brandman

Seven miles from Sydney,
A thousand miles from care.
The Manly ferry steaming,
Across the harbour, past the heads,
Looking out to the Tasman Sea,
That's where I want to be.

The wind and the waves rolling through the heads,
On a grey day,
With misty spray.
Then golden sunbeams light the way.

The Baragoola sails past Watson's Bay,
The children laughing soaked in spray.
Sailboats dancing on the bobbing waves,
As the Baragoola makes her way
Past Sydney's might heads,
And north to Manly pier.

Memories of my childhood flow,
Of sailing 'cross the harbour to my home.
Rolling, forging through the swell,
O'er the deep blue harbour water
That once was part of my life.

Dolphins swimming past Manly Cove,
Through the heads and out to sea.
The children diving from the pier,
Fetching coins and long lost keys.

Strolling down the Corso, to the beach,
On our way to Fairy Bower.
Picnic lunches, fish 'n chips
While watching surfers ride the waves.

Sea-gulls stealing bread from our hands,
While we are building castles in the sand.
Tanning in the golden summer sun,
Dipping in the cooling water,
Under bright Australian skies.

Now we are seven miles from Sydney,
Under dappled shade of the Norfolk Pines,
We are a thousand miles from care,
And the Baragoola steers southwards,
Past the tall ships in the lee,
Returning to Circular Quay.

To Manly – a thousand miles from care!