I recently took part in a visual arts collaboration between painter Philip Groom and photographer Jason Ashwood. I was invited to sit for a series of portraits by both artists, and the painted and photographic images are now to be merged into a single artwork for an exhibition next month in West London. All are welcome to attend a private view at The Gallery, 54 Shepherd Market, Mayfair on Monday 4 November from 17:00-20:00. The exhibition will run for the remainder of the week.
I was invited to write a guest post for Sound and Music’s blog The Sampler to pique the interest of the New music community for my programme last week with Ruthless Jabiru and Lara St. John. I put together a playlist by composers Matthew Hindson, Paul Stanhope and Linda Buckley, and with some interjections by our soloist Lara, to set up some of the sounds listeners could expect to hear at our performance. It was reported by Sound and Music that my playlist was well received and well trafficked, and lots of composers were spotted in our audience so hopefully I’ve managed to draw a few more people into this fantastic repertoire.
Held alongside the Australia exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, the next London performance by my orchestra Ruthless Jabiru at the Union Chapel on 14 October will also cite the Australian visual arts, with promotional artwork by Sarah Hickey and programme artwork by Jessie Boylan.
I was recently invited to do an interview for The Music Show on ABC Radio National. I talked to Andrew Ford about Ruthless Jabiru, my love of commissioning, and my ideas for the future of the orchestra. The interview was broadcast last Saturday in Australia and is now available online as a podcast.
I will be conducting Ruthless Jabiru’s next performance at the Union Chapel on 14 October. I wanted to devise a programme connected with the Australian landscape, to complement the Australia exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. The concert will be centred around the UK premiere of Matthew Hindson’s work for violin and string orchestra, Maralinga, inspired by a stretch of South Australian desert where one political decision has had tragic repercussions for health, community, and the environment. I’ve chosen a programme to evoke the loss and the chemical strangeness which has become a part of that landscape, and will be joined by Canadian violinist Lara St. John as soloist. Buy tickets
I’m going to be collaborating with Sound and Music, the UK’s national agency for New music and sound art. Ruthless Jabiru has partnered with Sound and Music on its Portfolio scheme, whereby three emerging composers based in the UK will be comissioned to write for the orchestra. I will lead a series of composer workshops with Ruthless Jabiru, and will conduct the premieres of the three works in 2014.
I have some great new photos in my album by Elly Mac, who joined Ruthless Jabiru for our recent project. Elly is an award-winning wedding photographer who I had the excellent fortune to meet through Ruby UK, a social network for professional Australian women here in London.