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2016(2)

With many exciting projects coming to fruition of late, it’s high time for an update. My Clarinet Concerto continues to travel, and has recently been presented at the International Rostrum of Composers in Poland. On the back of this, Stephen Adams from the ABC has put together an hour-long podcast with an interview and some excerpts of light rain, the night sky fall, and dark nebulae. The Australia Piano Quartet recently premiered my new work for them Polychronic at the University of Sydney. It was a truly satisfying experience to have such high-calibre musicians interpret a new piece, and cellist…

2016: Projects

In addition to my work as composer-in-residence with WASO, I will also compose three chamber works co-commissioned by some of Australia’s finest ensembles with support from the DCA. Performances by Ensemble Offspring, Australia Piano Quartet, the Omega Ensemble, the Southern Cross Soloists, Ashley Smith and Louise Devenish will take place around Australia. More details to follow.

Interview piece for Noted

Welcome to 2016! I have a number of updates to come, however to get the year started on a different note, you could head across and read this profile piece and interview I did for Noted, the blog of music journalist and author Rosalind Appleby.

West Australian Symphony Orchestra: Composer-in-Residence 2016

I'm honoured to announce that I have been appointed Composer-in-Residence of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for 2016. This is certainly one of the proudest moments of my career to date, especially given the calibre of previous residents Roger Smalley, Iain Grandage and James Ledger. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Simon Lee Foundation for enabling this to go ahead, and similarly acknowledge the ongoing success of their previous alumni, including violinist Shaun Lee-Chen, instrument craftsman Andrew Tait, and conductor Chris Dragon (who has already performed five of my compositions and has recently landed a job…

Premiere – The Song Company

The Song Company recently included my new work Inner Man in their All Leunig Song Almanc program, with numerous concerts taking in Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Wollongong and more. It was a rewarding challenge to work with an image and text from the iconic Michael Leunig, and I have explained the composition process somewhat in an interview with CutCommon magazine. All credit to outgoing director Roland Peelman for his vision in bringing this project to fruition, as commissioning 12 new works (one for each month of the year) is no small feat! The positive review of the City Recital Hall show…