Musical Stories: Introducing Teddy

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Image by Dougal MacPherson

Introduce your children to the magic of live music with Orchestra Victoria!

Introducing Teddy is a gentle story about gender, being true to yourself and being a good friend. Teddy knows in her heart that she is a girl, not a boy. Will her friends understand? Will they call her Tilly? This new work by composer Christine Pan brings Jessica Walton’s charming picture book to life.
This short, interactive concert is a perfect first musical experience for young people. Children are invited to participate in the storytelling and learn about the different instruments being played.
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience this musical storytime. They’ll be singing and dancing all the way home!

About the composer
Christine Pan is a Sydney-based composer commended for her versatility. She has composed for physics
professors and engineers to dancers and orchestras. Her works are often developed from social-cultural and philosophical frameworks, that she takes great pride in meticulously researching. Her music has been played  by the Goldner Quartet, Ensemble Offspring, Ensemble Terra, the Judgement of Paris and other renowned ensembles.

About the author:
Jessica Walton is a queer, disabled writer, teacher and musician living on unceded Boon Wurrung land with their wife and children. They are the author of picture book Introducing Teddy, the story of a transgender teddy bear. Illustrated by Dougal MacPherson, the book started as a self-published Kickstarter project but was published worldwide in English by Bloomsbury in 2016. It has now been translated into 9 different languages. Jess is also the author of Stars In Their Eyes, a graphic novel about a queer disabled teen with chronic pain going to her first fan con. With artwork by Aśka, this graphic novel was published by Fremantle Press in October 2021. Jess has had poems and short stories published in various anthologies, and has co-written an episode of Get Krack!n focused on disability which aired on the ABC in 2019.

About the narrators:
Janet McLeod - With over 25 years as a comedy performer, producer, talent coordinator and behind-the-scenes whiz kid, Janet’s sense of fun and colour has made her a popular host of State Library Victoria’s Storytime, not to mention countless trivia nights and comedy events - both live and online (she is a master of Zoom shows).

Julie Murray BMus. Music-maker | Neuro-music educator - Julie is the Music Practitioner at The Currajong School, and founder of Sounds Like This, specialising in music for childhood brain development.
Join Julie at State Library Victoria’s Pauline Gandel Children's Quarter this winter for child-centric
musical play, as she hosts the Winter Season.

This is a Programming Partnership with Orchestra Victoria and State Library Victoria.

Orchestra Victoria is a world-class opera and ballet orchestra. With a rich history performing with opera, dance and musical theatre companies, Orchestra Victoria is dynamic and versatile, with expertise in an incredible breadth of repertoire from contemporary to classical. The performance partner of The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera, the company is committed to true collaboration, breathing life into performance on and off the stage and screen.

We bring the music

Image 1: Orchestra Victoria Family Concerts, Photography Ben Fon | Image 2: Orchestra Victoria Family Concerts, Photography Ben Fon | Image 3: Author Jessica Walton, and their mum, Tina Healy. Photography Jessica Walton | Image 4: Composer Christine Pan, Photography Ester Maria Wong. | Image 5: Introducing Teddy author, Jessica Walton | Image 6: Narrator, Janet McLeod | Image 7: Narrator, Julie Murray


Event & ticketing details

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Dates & Times

WHEN 10-12 Feb | Thu-Sat 10:30am & Midday & 1:30pm & 3pm
AUSLAN Thu 10 Feb 10:30am & Midday & 1:30pm & 3pm


State Library Victoria

328 Swanston St, Melbourne CBD

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Melbourne Central


Any Swanston St tram to stop

Event notes


This concert will be held in the Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter within State Library Victoria.

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