Christine Hutchinson

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Christine Hutchinson
GenresChildren's
Occupation(s)Entertainer, magician
Years active1980s-present
LabelsABC for Kids, EMI, BMG, Festival, PolyGram, Larrikin, Karussell

Christine Hutchinson is an Australian children's entertainer and magician.[1] Her album Grand Fairies Ball was nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Children's Album[2] in 1996 but lost to The Wiggles' Wake Up Jeff!, along with the accompanying song being nominated for the APRA Award for Most Performed Children's Work[3] in the same year, but also lost to The Wiggles' accompanying song.

Biography[edit]

Christine is also a respected magician and performer and toured widely during the 1980s and 1990s both throughout Australia as well as overseas. Her touring shows included "Wait a Minute...There's Something Up My Sleeve", "Out of the Hat" and "Grand Fairies Ball" (all directed by Gilli Farrelly a.k.a. Gilly McInnes). Christine performed an estimated 8000 shows during these touring years.

From 1993, Christine was a part of the ABC for Kids stable of performers and wrote her two solo albums for ABC/EMI. Out Of The Hat was produced by Ian Blake, with songs by herself, Blake and Mike (Michael) Jackson. Grand Fairies Ball was produced by Justin McCoy. She toured (with the children) extensively during the 1990s on promotional theatrical tours with shows of the same name. Christine toured in an old ambulance called "Arthur" and mostly drove across Australia by herself or with the children and their Nanna.

Christine wrote a third solo album, Magical Menagerie, which she produced with Julian Gough and self-distributed on SoundCloud. During the 1990s, she co-wrote and performed on many albums with various friends on various labels, including Festival, BMG and PolyGram. When her children were of school age, Christine stopped touring and managed/booked artists from her Melbourne-based agency, Hat Trick Productions. Some of her artists included friends Monica Trapaga, Jackson, Jan Wositzky (The Bushwackers) and Hot Dog (members of rock band, The Angels).

In 2000, Christine started a law degree at La Trobe University in Melbourne. She practised at law firms Deacons and Norton Rose Australia. Between 2010-2014 she worked as a judges associate at the County Court in Melbourne for Her Honour Judge Jane Patrick. In 2014, Christine took a job as a teacher of legal studies and musical performance at Aitken College in Melbourne's North where she taught until the end of 2018. She is now semi-retired and teaches piano and music theory from her home studio in Melbourne.

Personal life[edit]

In the mid 1990s, she and her husband, Peter had two sons, Rory and Noah.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • Out of the Hat ABC for Kids/EMI 1993 (produced by Ian Blake)
  • Grand Fairies Ball ABC for Kids/EMI 1996 (produced by Justin McCoy)
  • Magical Menagerie (produced by Julian Gough)

With other artists[edit]

  • Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (their first adventure) ABC for Kids 1994 (co-performer Justin McCoy)
  • Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (their second adventure) ABC for Kids 1994 (co-performer Justin McCoy)
  • A Book For Kids Vol 1. (Clarence James Dennis) ABC for Kids 1994 (co-performers Ian Blake, Pat Drummond and Mike Jackson)
  • A Book For Kids Vol 2. (Clarence James Dennis) ABC for Kids 1994 (co-performers Ian Blake, Pat Drummond and Mike Jackson)
  • A Book For Kids Vol 3. (Clarence James Dennis) ABC for Kids 1994 (co-performers Ian Blake, Pat Drummond and Mike Jackson)
  • Elves and Fairies of the Australian Bush Larrikin 1995 (co-performers Ian Blake and George Spartels)
  • Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (their third adventure) Karussell/PolyGram 1995 (co-performer Justin McCoy)
  • Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (their fourth adventure) Karussell/PolyGram 1995 (co-performer Justin McCoy)
  • Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (their fifth adventure) Karussell/PolyGram 1996 (co-performer Justin McCoy)
  • Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (their sixth adventure) Karussell/PolyGram 1996 (co-performer Justin McCoy)
  • The Magic Pudding (the first slice) Karussell/PolyGram, Larrikin 1996 (co-performers Ian Blake and George Spartels)
  • The Magic Pudding (the second slice) Karussell/PolyGram, Larrikin 1996 (co-performers Ian Blake and George Spartels)
  • The Magic Pudding (the third slice) Karussell/PolyGram, Larrikin 1996 (co-performers Ian Blake and George Spartels)
  • The Magic Pudding (the fourth slice) Karussell/PolyGram, Larrikin 1996 (co-performers Ian Blake and George Spartels)

Compilation albums[edit]

Videography[edit]

Books[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

APRA Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated works Award Result Lost to
1996 "Grand Fairies Ball" Most Performed Children's Work Nominated The Wiggles - "Wake Up Jeff!"

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated works Award Result Lost to
1996 Grand Fairies Ball Best Children's Album Nominated The Wiggles - Wake Up Jeff!

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Children's Shows", The Age, 14 April 1995
  2. ^ "Best Children's Album", ARIA
  3. ^ "Nominations – 1996". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). Archived from the original on 18 September 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. ^ Burchall, Greg (14 April 1995), "Hat Trick Wins Younger Crowd", The Age