I will be joining John Williams and Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas as part of John’s Concerts by Candlelight series this Summer at Shakespeare’s Globe. His residency will feature diverse music for plucked strings across six programmes in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, all expected to sell out. I will conduct The Light on the Edge for two guitars, didjeridu, harp, bass and environmental sounds by Australian composer Philip Houghton on Saturday 6 June.
Limelight Magazine has run a feature this week about my new shoes! In all seriousness, thanks to everyone for the great response to the article, which I’m hoping translates into a big appetite for New music and a curiosity for living composers both in Australia and abroad. For those interested, I talk about the Australian work ethic, building audience trust through creative programming and the idea of a partnership across the fourth wall.
I’m happy to report that last week’s concert for the Tait Memorial Trust was a resounding success, delivering great reviews from Limelight Magazine and Seen and Heard International. Thanks to both writers for their kind words about my connection with these soloists: all were a pleasure to work with and I hope to see each of them again on the platform someday soon. Performance videos are now up on my YouTube channel.
I’ve been invited to conduct a gala concert next month at St John’s Smith Square hosted by the Tait Memorial Trust, a charity which supports young Australian musicians studying in the UK. I will be joined by a barrage of soloists including some of my great friends, with special mention to pianist Jayson Gillham who finds time in a busy touring schedule to commandeer almost half the programme! The selection put together by the Trust will include the premiere of a new work by West Australian composer Kevin Penkin, alongside favourites by Puccini, Mozart, Vaughan Williams and Grainger. Tickets are on sale from the SJSS Box Office.
I will be conducting Ruthless Jabiru and countertenor Russell Harcourt at the inaugural Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts this month in London. Our performance on 31 May will honour Australian poet and activist Oodgeroo Noonuccal through a programme of British and Australian music for string orchestra by Andrew Ford, Michael Tippett, Tansy Davies, Chris Williams and Egidija Medekšaité. Booking is now open through the festival website.
Here’s an interview I recorded a few months ago at Ruthless Jabiru’s first Portfolio composer workshop. I talk about my ideas in starting the orchestra and our partnership with Sound and Music, the national agency for new music and sound art. I’ll be posting more footage from the workshop at my Vimeo channel in anticipation of our next session later in the month.