Monthly Archives: January 2019

Jan 04

Tassie genius named in top 200 most important Australians

By Karen Nankervis (Admin) | 150th Celebration

150th Birthday anniversary for Tassie genius named in the top 200 most important Australians  

Few Australians could say they have influenced everyone from actors of the ilk of Dame Judi Dench and Hugh Jackman, and Aussie cricket royalty, to world famous musicians and iconic writer Aldous Huxley. One man set to be honoured in January in North West Tasmania did just that in an extraordinary career that saw him chosen in the pantheon of our nation’s greatest individuals.

On January 20 1869, John and Betsy Alexander became the proud parents of their first child, Frederick Matthias Alexander. John was a blacksmith, Betsy the daughter of convicts. His grandparents – all four of them – were also convicts, as were his two great uncles. His birthplace, long gone now, was an early settle homestead on Table Cape in Tasmania. It was an inauspicious start for someone who would develop a pain relief technique used by people from all walks of life, and see them recognised as one of 200 People Who Made Australia Great, in the book of that title published for the Australian Bicentennial Celebrations in 1988.

Move forward 150 years from 1869 and teachers of the Technique from around the world, together with Alexander family members, will gather in Wynyard over the weekend of January 19-20, to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the birth of FM, as he is popularly known.

“To celebrate this milestone birthday near where he was born is a fitting tribute, both to the man and to this beautiful part of Tasmania which had such an impact on his life,” Hobart-based Alexander Technique teacher Penny McDonald said. “His early years there sowed the seed for what would become the Technique now being taught around the world by more than 4000 teachers.”

The Alexander Technique (AT) focuses on the unconscious habitual ways in which we function—our patterns of posture, movement, and responses to stressful situations—and teaches us how to have conscious control over these aspects of ourselves. “Learning this technique gives you the tools to use your body, do activities more efficiently and find freedom from pain or discomfort,” she said.

Movement and balance improves, anxiety reduces, and breathing coordination falls into a harmonic rhythm. Another major benefit is having the insight and awareness to respond differently to stimulus from the habitual pattern of use.

AT lessons reduce tension in repetitive and/or strenuous activities, such as bending, lifting or typing, and in skilled activities, including dance, music, acting and sport. “Scientific studies have demonstrated that applying the AT will consistently lead to reduction in chronic pain for people with musculoskeletal pain conditions,” Ms McDonald said.

Many great actors and top musicians have studied the AT, including Sting, Paul McCartney, Mr Jackman, Dame Judi Dench, Paul Newman, Barry Humphries, and Madonna, amongst others. “Australian Test cricket great Greg Chappell has learnt it, Victoria Beckham is a recent student, and the enlightened intellectual Aldous Huxley wrote a book about it,” Ms McDonald said.

The birthday celebrations, supported by the Waratah/Wynyard Council, are a chance for teachers to gather, and work with people in the local community who are curious about the AT. Those interested in the Alexander family history will have an opportunity to see the work done by local historians and researchers on developing the family tree of the Alexanders in Tasmania.

Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AUSTAT)

Contact for further information and interviews:

150th Coordinator: Penny McDonald – 0428 377 060 – penny@harmonicmotion.com.au

AUSTAT Chair: Jeremy Woolhouse – 0490 126 293 – jeremy@jeremywoolhouse.com.au

Jan 04

FM far ahead of his time

By Karen Nankervis (Admin) | 150th Celebration

150th Birthday for one of Tasmania’s greatest sons who was far ahead of his time

Recognised as one of the top 200 Australians to make Australia great, Frederick Matthias Alexander, founder of the Alexander Technique, will be honoured with a 150th birthday celebration open to the public on the weekend of January 20. Technique teachers from across Australia will gather in North West Tasmania to mark the occasion of FM, as he is popularly known, being born at Table Cape Tasmania in 1869.

Harmonic Motion Teacher Course Head Penny McDonald said the Alexander Technique was now taught by 4000 teachers in 31 countries around the world. Despite the Technique being created in Tasmania, most Tasmanians have not heard of this tool that helps overcome negative habits and patterns in the body that create pain. Only a handful of teachers have taught the Technique in Tasmania which is part of the reason why it is not widely known in its home state.

“It is such a shame that most Tasmanians do not know about this wonderful technique,” Ms McDonald said. “This amazing man developed a self-help method in their backyard that has given actors, musicians, singers and dancers a freedom in their art. For the millions of people around the world who have pain or discomfort, the Alexander Technique has helped them learn their way out of pain.”

The grandson of a convict, FM spent his early years in Wynyard, and many of his extended Alexander family still live in the area. The idyllic countryside undoubtedly influenced FM’s view on life and led him to develop the Technique that has led to so many people enjoying a happier and healthier life.

FM was an actor who was affected by vocal and breathing problems. “Seeking a cure, he watched himself in the mirror, reciting Shakespearean sonnets, and found the answer appeared to lie in his posture,” Ms McDonald said. “He had to re-educate both body and mind, to change his habits and learn new behaviour.”

The Alexander Technique focuses on the unconscious habitual ways in which we function – our patterns of posture, movement, and responses to stressful situations – and teaches us to have conscious control over these aspects of ourselves. “An Alexander lesson gives you the tools to learn how to use your body, do activities more efficiently, and this will lead to freedom from pain or discomfort,” Ms McDonald said.

Lessons in the Alexander Technique result in improved movement, greater balance, reduced anxiety, rhythmic breathing coordination and provides the knowledge to respond differently to stimulus from the habitual pattern of use. Tension is also lessened in repetitive and strenuous activities, such as bending, lifting or typing. Scientific studies have demonstrated that applying the Alexander Technique will consistently lead to a decrease in chronic pain for people with musculoskeletal pain conditions.

The Alexander Technique is also taught in most performing arts institutions around the world to give students a self-help method of relaxation and body awareness. This allows them to use their bodies more efficiently, and therefore create better art. “You can expect improved performance in skilled activities like dance, music, acting and sport,” Ms McDonald said.

“Many famous celebrities including scientists, medical people, politicians and sportspeople over the last 120 years have studied this method for improving ease of movement and performance,” Ms McDonald said. “It is extraordinary to think at that time in history this man from such a humble part of Tasmania developed a technique that places such a strong emphasis on the power of our positive thinking.”

 

A public demonstration and birthday afternoon tea will be held at the Wonders of Wynyard at 3pm on 20 January 2019.

 

AUSTAT Contact for further information and interviews:

150th Coordinator: Penny McDonald – 0428 377 060 – penny@harmonicmotion.com.au

AUSTAT Chair: Jeremy Woolhouse – 0490 126 293 – jeremy@jeremywoolhouse.com.au

 

Jan 04

Wynyard’s Greatest Son

By Karen Nankervis (Admin) | 150th Celebration

150th Birthday for a Wynyard legend who was far ahead of his time

Recognised as one of the top 200 Australians to make Australia great Frederick Matthias Alexander, founder of the Alexander Technique, will be honoured with a 150th birthday celebration on the weekend of January 20. Technique teachers from across Australia will gather in North West Tasmania to mark the occasion of Mr Alexander’s birth at Table Cape Tasmania in 1869.

Harmonic Motion Teacher Course Head Penny McDonald said the Alexander Technique was now taught by 4000 teachers in 31 countries around the world. Despite the Technique being created in Tasmania, most Tasmanians have not heard of this tool that helps overcome negative habits and patterns in the body that create pain.

“We’re sending out an open invitation to locals anyone across Tasmania to join us in celebrating the remarkable feats of one of FM, as he is popularly known around the world,” Ms Mc Donald said. “We encourage anyone with a love of Tasmanian and Australian history to join us on Sunday 20 January.”

“It is such a shame that most Tasmanians do not know about this wonderful technique,” she said. “This amazing man developed a self-help method in their backyard that has given actors, musicians, singers and dancers a freedom in their art. For the millions of people around the world who have pain or discomfort, the Alexander Technique has helped them learn their way out of pain. But only a handful of teachers have taught the Technique in Tasmania which is part of the reason why it is not widely known in its home state.”

The grandson of a convict, FM spent his early years in Wynyard, and many of his extended Alexander family still live in the area. The idyllic countryside undoubtedly influenced FM’s view on life and led him to develop the Technique that has led to so many people enjoying a happier and healthier life.

FM was an actor who was affected by vocal and breathing problems. “Seeking a cure, he watched himself in the mirror, reciting Shakespearean sonnets, and found the answer appeared to lie in his posture. He had to re-educate both body and mind, to change his habits and learn new behaviour.”

“It is extraordinary to think at that time in history this man from such a humble part of Tasmania developed a technique that places such a strong emphasis on the power of positive thinking,” Ms McDonald said.

The Alexander Technique focuses on the unconscious habitual ways in which we function – our patterns of posture, movement, and responses to stressful situations – and teaches us to have conscious control over these aspects of ourselves. “An Alexander lesson gives you the tools to learn how to use your body, do activities more efficiently, and this will lead to freedom from pain or discomfort,” Ms McDonald said.

“Many famous celebrities including scientists, medical people, politicians and sportspeople over the last 120 years have studied this method for improving ease of movement and performance,” Ms McDonald said.

A public demonstration and birthday afternoon tea will be held at the Wonders of Wynyard at 3pm on 20 January 2019.

 

AUSTAT Contact for further information and interviews:

150th Coordinator: Penny McDonald – 0428 377 060 – penny@harmonicmotion.com.au

AUSTAT Chair: Jeremy Woolhouse – 0490 126 293 – jeremy@jeremywoolhouse.com.au

 

 

Jan 04

Celebrate Wynyard’s greatest son

By Karen Nankervis (Admin) | 150th Celebration

Join us to celebrate the 150th Birthday of Wynyard’s greatest son

Details

Event:                 Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Matthias Alexander, founder of the Alexander Technique

Date:                   Sunday 20 January 2019

Time:                   3pm

Venue:                Wonders of Wynyard, 8 Exhibition Link, Wynyard

 

150th Birthday for a Wynyard legend who was far ahead of his time

Recognised as one of the top 200 Australians to make Australia great Frederick Matthias Alexander, founder of the Alexander Technique, will be honoured with a 150th birthday celebration on the weekend of January 20. Technique teachers from across Australia will gather in North West Tasmania to mark the occasion of Mr Alexander’s birth at Table Cape Tasmania in 1869.

Harmonic Motion Teacher Course Head Penny McDonald said the Alexander Technique was now taught by 4000 teachers in 31 countries around the world. Despite the Technique being created in Tasmania, most Tasmanians have not heard of this tool that helps overcome negative habits and patterns in the body that create pain.

“We’re sending out an open invitation to locals anyone across Tasmania to join us in celebrating the remarkable feats of one of FM, as he is popularly known around the world,” Ms Mc Donald said. “We encourage anyone with a love of Tasmanian and Australian history to join us on Sunday 20 January.”

“It is such a shame that most Tasmanians do not know about this wonderful technique,” she said. “This amazing man developed a self-help method in their backyard that has given actors, musicians, singers and dancers a freedom in their art. For the millions of people around the world who have pain or discomfort, the Alexander Technique has helped them learn their way out of pain. But only a handful of teachers have taught the Technique in Tasmania which is part of the reason why it is not widely known in its home state.”

The grandson of a convict, FM spent his early years in Wynyard, and many of his extended Alexander family still live in the area. The idyllic countryside undoubtedly influenced FM’s view on life and led him to develop the Technique that has led to so many people enjoying a happier and healthier life.

FM was an actor who was affected by vocal and breathing problems. “Seeking a cure, he watched himself in the mirror, reciting Shakespearean sonnets, and found the answer appeared to lie in his posture,” Ms McDonald said. “He had to re-educate both body and mind, to change his habits and learn new behaviour.”

“It is extraordinary to think at that time in history this man from such a humble part of Tasmania developed a technique that places such a strong emphasis on the power of positive thinking,” Ms McDonald said.

The Alexander Technique focuses on the unconscious habitual ways in which we function – our patterns of posture, movement, and responses to stressful situations – and teaches us to have conscious control over these aspects of ourselves. “An Alexander lesson gives you the tools to learn how to use your body, do activities more efficiently, and this will lead to freedom from pain or discomfort,” Ms McDonald said.

“Many famous celebrities including scientists, medical people, politicians and sportspeople over the last 120 years have studied this method for improving ease of movement and performance.”

A public demonstration and birthday afternoon tea will be held at the Wonders of Wynyard at 3pm on 20 January 2019.

 

AUSTAT Contact for further information and interviews:

150th Coordinator: Penny McDonald – 0428 377 060 – penny@harmonicmotion.com.au

AUSTAT Chair: Jeremy Woolhouse – 0490 126 293 – jeremy@jeremywoolhouse.com.au

 

 

Jan 04

Self help legend behind great comedian?

By Karen Nankervis (Admin) | 150th Celebration

Is a Tasmanian self-help legend behind one of the greatest comedians of all time’s success?

John Cleese is known the world over for his funny walks, and physical antics that made millions laugh during Monty Python’s rise to become the premiere comedy act on the planet. But perhaps this didn’t happen by accident. Could Frederick Matthias Alexander’s Technique, a self-help method used to retrain ‘ordinary’ life activities, be responsible for Cleese’s a hugely successful career? Perhaps Wynyard, tucked in the north west of Tasmania, played a large part in one of the world’s most endearing comedic performers perfecting his unique physical style of entertaining.

In Cleese’s own words: “I find The Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.”

While Harmonic Motion Teacher Course Head Penny McDonald doesn’t think her cherished Alexander Technique can take all the credit, she’d be surprised if it hadn’t helped Cleese master his unique comedic style.

“John Cleese is a world-class actor and there’s no doubt his natural talent led the way,” Ms McDonald said. “But the easy and casual nature of his funny walks, humorous mannerisms, and accentuated movements may well have been enhanced by the Technique.”

‘FM’, as he’s known, came from humble beginnings and convict heritage, born on 20 January 1869 at Table Cape in Van Diemen’s Land. A small settlement, it was a community with a strong sense of togetherness. This upbringing, large family and significant influences fuelled his rise to become a leading figure in London society as the discoverer of the Alexander Technique.

After arriving in London, through his Technique, FM mixed with a cross section of people, including politicians, aristocrats, royalty, actors, musician and performers, as well as many others whose beginnings had more in common with his early years.

Ms McDonald said the discovery of the Technique was a classic case of necessity for a happier and healthier life being the mother of all invention.

“FM was an actor who was affected by vocal and breathing problems,” Ms McDonald said. “Seeking a cure, he watched himself in the mirror, reciting Shakespearean sonnets, and found the answer appeared to lie in his posture. He had to re-educate both body and mind, to change his habits and learn new behaviour.”

Aussie stage-and-screen icon Hugh Jackman is another who benefitted, saying in an interview how the Technique gave him incredibly good posture with incredible relaxation, while Paul Newman has credited the Technique for giving him a good night’s sleep after years of tossing and turning.

Despite his gift reaching the literal global stage, knowledge of FM’s talent hasn’t spread across his country of birth. Even being recognised as one of the top 200 Australians to make Australia great in book to mark the 1988 centennial did not let to a surge in publicity for this unique self-help master in the backyard of his formative years.

“It is such a shame that most Tasmanians do not know about this wonderful technique,” Ms McDonald said. “This amazing man developed a self-help method in their backyard that has given actors, musicians, singers and dancers a freedom in their art.”

FM died in 1955 but his legacy continues. In 31 countries, about 4000 teachers continue to teach the Technique, and the many testimonials from people who have benefitted from lessons in the Technique are evidence of the value of FM’s discovery.

 

High praise for the Alexander Technique

“The Alexander Technique will benefit anyone whether they are an elite athlete or whether they just wish to live life without the aches and pains that many people suffer and accept as part of life. It is a pity that these techniques are not shown to us all at an early age for I have no doubt that this would alleviate many of the causes of ill health in our communities.”

Greg Chappell Australian test cricketer

“The Alexander Technique works… I recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who has neck pains or back pain.”

Roald Dahl, writer

”Alexander established not only the beginnings of a far reaching science of the apparently involuntary movements that we call reflexes, but a technique of correction and self-control which forms a substantial addition to our very slender resources in personal education.”

George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel Prize winner for literature 

“I love the Alexander Technique. It has corrected my posture, improved my health and changed my life.”

Alec McCowen CBE, actor 

“The Alexander Technique has played an important and beneficial part in my life.”

John Houseman, Actor, Producer and Director 

“The Alexander Technique has helped me to undo knots, unblock energy and deal with almost paralysing stage fright.”

William Hurt, Actor 

“The Alexander Technique makes a real difference to my often tense and busy life. Its thoughtful approach has made me calmer, improved my concentration and given me a clearer sense of my own well-being. I am grateful for it.”

Joan Bakewell, TV Presenter and Journalist 

“The Alexander Technique helped a long standing back problem, and to get a good night’s sleep after many years of tossing and turning.”

Paul Newman, Actor

“I can definitely say without hesitation that I wouldn’t have had the rowing success that I have had the luxury of experiencing in my short time on the water, without finding the AT and the great teachers that I have had the privilege to work with.”

Valerie Thompson-Williams, rowing Masters gold medallist

“In the hands of a good teacher The Technique is invaluable to anyone who seeks to maintain health physical posture and alignment.”

Ralph Fiennes, Actor

 “With the best intentions, the job of acting can become a display of accumulated bad habits, trapped instincts and blocked energies. Working with the Alexander Technique has given me sightings of another way… Mind and body, work and life together. Real imaginative freedom…”

Alan Rickman, Actor

“Alexander Technique really helped my posture and focus during my stint as Othello… Imagine how excited I was when arrived at the National Theatre for Comedy of Errors and found I could have Alexander taught to me once a week, I was chuffed to little meatballs.”

 Lenny Henry, Comedian and Actor

“Question: Which book changed your life?

Answer: The one the teacher put under my head during the Alexander Technique sessions at RADA. I grew an inch and a half.”

Q&A: Jonathan Pryce, Actor, The Guardian, May 7, 2015

 On 20 January 2019 teachers of the Technique, family, friends, the interested and the curious will gather in Wynyard to celebrate the man, his life and his legacy.  An open invitation is extended to all to take the opportunities to have an experience of the Technique with a teacher, and learn more about the man, his legacy, and his family history.

 

Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AUSTAT)

Contact for further information and interviews

150th Coordinator: Penny McDonald – 0428 377 060 – penny@harmonicmotion.com.au

AUSTAT Chair: Jeremy Woolhouse – 0490 126 293 – jeremy@jeremywoolhouse.com.au

 

 

Jan 04

Wynyard to the world stage

By Karen Nankervis (Admin) | 150th Celebration

From Wynyard to the world stage – FM Alexander’s Technique changes lives

We know the benefits of Frederick Matthias Alexander’s Technique, one that he created to help learn your way out of pain in a day. ‘FM’, as he is popularly known, came from humble beginnings, born at Table Cape on 20 January 1869 in Van Diemen’s Land. But this only helped, not hindered, his rise to become a leading figure in London society as the discoverer of the Alexander Technique.

Through the popularity of his Technique, FM mixed with a cross section of people, including politicians, aristocrats, royalty, actors, musician and performers, as well as many others whose beginnings had more in common with his early years.

He died in 1955 but his legacy continues. In 31 countries, about 4000 teachers continue to teach the Technique, and the many testimonials from people who have benefitted from lessons in are evidence of the value of FM’s discovery.

The Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique know the amazing effects of the self-help method. But don’t take our word for it!

 

Who’s Who – some of the world’s biggest names praise the Alexander Technique

“I find The Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.”

John Cleese, Actor 

“Incredibly good posture, with incredible relaxation.”

 

Hugh Jackman, Actor, describing the benefits of the Alexander Technique in an interview

“The Alexander Technique helped a long standing back problem, and to get a good night’s sleep after many years of tossing and turning.”

 

Paul Newman, Actor

 “The Alexander Technique will benefit anyone whether they are an elite athlete or whether they just wish to live life without the aches and pains that many people suffer and accept as part of life. It is a pity that these techniques are not shown to us all at an early age for I have no doubt that this would alleviate many of the causes of ill health in our communities.”

 

Greg Chappell, Australian Test Cricketer and Captain

“The Alexander Technique works…I recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who has neck pains or back pain.”

 

Roald Dahl, Writer

“The Alexander Technique has helped me to undo knots, unblock energy and deal with almost paralysing stage fright.”

 

William Hurt, Actor 

”Alexander established not only the beginnings of a far reaching science of the apparently involuntary movements that we call reflexes, but a technique of correction and self-control which forms a substantial addition to our very slender resources in personal education.”

     

George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel Prize winner for literature 

“I love the Alexander Technique. It has corrected my posture, improved my health and changed my life.”

 

Alec McCowen CBE, Actor 

“The Alexander Technique has played an important and beneficial part in my life.”

 

John Houseman, Actor, Producer and Director 

“The Alexander Technique makes a real difference to my often tense and busy life. Its thoughtful approach has made me calmer, improved my concentration and given me a clearer sense of my own well being. I am grateful for it.”

 

Joan Bakewell, TV Presenter and Journalist 

“I can definitely say without hesitation that I wouldn’t have had the rowing success that I have had the luxury of experiencing in my short time on the water, without finding the AT and the great teachers that I have had the privilege to work with.”

 

Valerie Thompson-Williams, rowing Masters gold medallist

“In the hands of a good teacher, The Technique is invaluable to anyone who seeks to maintain health physical posture and alignment.”

 

Ralph Fiennes, Actor

“With the best intentions, the job of acting can become a display of accumulated bad habits, trapped instincts and blocked energies. Working with the Alexander Technique has given me sightings of another way… Mind and body, work and life together. Real imaginative freedom…”

 

Alan Rickman, Actor

“Alexander Technique really helped my posture and focus during my stint as Othello… Imagine how excited I was when arrived at the National Theatre for Comedy of Errors and found I could have Alexander taught to me once a week, I was chuffed to little meatballs.”

 

Lenny Henry, Comedian and Actor

“Question: Which book changed your life?

Answer: The one the teacher put under my head during the Alexander Technique sessions at RADA. I grew an inch and a half.”

 

Q&A: Jonathan Pryce, Actor, The Guardian, May 7, 2015

On January 20 2019 teachers of the Technique, family, friends, the interested and the curious will gather in Wynyard to celebrate the man, his life and his legacy.  An open invitation is extended to all where there will be opportunities to have an experience of the Technique with a teacher, and learn more about the man, his legacy, and his family history.

 

Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AUSTAT)

Contact for further information:

150th Coordinator: Penny McDonald – 0428 377 060 –   penny@harmonicmotion.com.au

AUSTAT Chair: Jeremy Woolhouse – 0490 126 293 –  jeremy@jeremywoolhouse.com.au

 

 

 

Jan 04

Convict blood and genius in his veins

By Karen Nankervis (Admin) | 150th Celebration

Happy 150th Birthday to a Tasmanian with convict blood and genius in his veins

Few Australians could say they have deeply influenced everyone from actors of the ilk of Dame Judi Dench and Hugh Jackman, and Aussie cricket royalty, to world famous musicians and philosopher and writer Aldous Huxley. One man set to be honoured in early January in a small part of north west Tasmania did just that in an extraordinary career that placed him in the pantheon of our nation’s greatest individuals.

On January 20 1869, John and Betsy Alexander became the proud parents of their first child, Frederick Matthias Alexander. John was a blacksmith, Betsy the daughter of convicts. His grandparents – all four of them – were also convicts, as were his two great uncles. His birthplace, long gone now, was an early settle homestead on Table Cape in Tasmania, a remote land in a distant corner of the then-British Empire.

It was an inauspicious start for someone who would develop a pain relief technique used by people from all walks of life, and see them recognised as one of 200 People Who Made Australia Great, in the book of that title published for the Australian Bicentennial Celebrations in 1988.

Move forward 150 years from 1869 and teachers of the Technique from around the world, together with Alexander family members, will gather in Wynyard over the weekend of January 19-20, to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the birth of FM, as he is popularly known.

“To celebrate the 150th birthday of Frederick Matthias Alexander near where he was born is a fitting tribute, both to the man and to this beautiful part of Tasmania which had such an impact on his life,” Hobart-based Alexander Technique teacher Penny McDonald said. “His early years here sowed the seed for what would become the Alexander Technique (AT) now being taught around the world by more than 4000 teachers.”

Many great actors and top musicians have studied the AT, including Sting, Paul McCartney, Mr Jackman, Dame Judi Dench, Paul Newman, Barry Humphries, and Madonna, amongst others.

“Australian Test cricket great Greg Chappell has learnt it, Victoria Beckham is a recent student, and the enlightened intellectual Aldous Huxley wrote a book about it,” Ms McDonald said.

The birthday weekend celebrations, supported by the Waratah/Wynyard Council, will be a chance for teachers to gather and work with people in the local community who are curious and intrigued about the AT.

“Those interested in the Alexander family history will also have an opportunity to see the work done by local historians and researchers on developing the family tree of the Alexanders in Tasmania,” Ms McDonald said.

What:                 150th Birthday celebration of Frederick Matthias Alexander

Where:               Alexandria, Table Cape Road, Wynyard

When:                 January 19-20, 2019

 

Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AUSTAT)

Contact for further information:

150th Coordinator: Penny McDonald – 0428 377 060 penny@harmonicmotion.com.au

AUSTAT Chair: Jeremy Woolhouse – 0490 126 293 jeremy@jeremywoolhouse.com.au