Two World Premieres
Whilst I was away in Japan during August, two new works of mine had their world premieres back in Melbourne. The Melbourne Chamber Orchestra presented a fun new piece for strings, Shadow Dances. This was my 4th collaboration with this particular group and I’m proud and honoured that they keep asking me back to write more! On the other end of the scale was a major new commission for the Heidelberg Choral Society. When the Bugle Calls, for choir, soloists and orchestra, is a 35 minute work commemorating both the Battle of the Somme and the Vietnam War. This was truly a special commission with a wonderful libretto written by local poet Leigh Hay. I was particularly devastated that I couldn’t be there to hear it in person, but it was more than made up for by the many heartfelt comments I received from members of the choir. Special thanks to Peter Bandy, a musical mentor of mine for a long time, who commissioned the work - his very first!