(Photograph by Nikola Gurovic Oct 2022)
The wonderful HD Duo - Dr Michael Duke, saxophone and David Howie, piano - have released their latest CD 'Bird Spirit Dreaming' on the Da Vinci Classics label and I am very pleased that they have included two works - a beautiful version of Endless Ripple 2 and a powerful version of I Touched Your Glistening Tears (with Julian Smiles, cello). Also works by my teacher Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Lyle Chan, Matthew Orlovich and one of my students, Matthew Hindson! Please BUY the CD
This recording of I Touched Your Glistening Tears is featured in the February Art Music Playlist in Limelight Magazine
I am very pleased that my new brass band work, Prayers and Tribulations, has just been released on CD in the USA.
'Worship The King' - New York Staff Band cond. Derek Lance. It was commissioned by the New York Staff Band.
It is an outstanding performance!
It is also available on Apple Music BUT I am not a fan of streaming sites as they pay composers a pittance! So please buy the CD and the money will at least go to the wonderful New York Staff Band.
Finalist in the Art Music Awards 2022
My choral work, Pandemic, premiered at St Benedikt Church, Ebenhausen, Germany in 2021 by the Theodor Schüz Ensemble and Quartet Berlin-Tokyo conducted by Philipp Amelung, has been selected as a Finalist in the Art Music Awards 2022 'Work of the Year: Choral' presented by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre.
Pandemic was the 6th movement from 'Shadow and Hope - a Cantata from Six Continents in the Age of Pandemic' commissioned by the Municipality of Icking for the Ickinger Konzertzyklus Festival.
The performance of Pandemic can be seen here on
(PS Congratulations to Paul Stanhope for receiving the award - he is an excellent composer!)
The Nurses at Vung Tau - Opera
Review July 3, Jenna Robertson in 'Loud Mouth'
Reviews can be a mixed blessing! Of course, it all depends on the reviewer - their ability to understand the complexity and depth of a musical composition, their ability to critically discuss the music without the myopia of their personal biases and prejudices (this is a hard one for anybody!), their ability to be articulate and actually describe accurately what they have seen and heard and their ability to hear and see the 'big picture' of a work, its structure, its place in the genre and its potential, ie. its life in a different or more sympathetic setting (ie, better performers, better venue, better presentation - better music! etc).
So, to get an excellent review by Jenna Robertson (who I don't know!), published in 'Loud Mouth' by the Music Trust (an arts advocacy organisation founded by Richard Letts AM), was a great surprise and delight. Not only did she critically describe the opera - presentation, libretto and music - with much articulateness and insight informed by an obvious knowledge of music theatre and opera, she also gave very helpful and accurate criticism for improvement.
I have had many reviews over the past 40 years, good and bad and some you wondered if the reviewer was even present at the concert! When you get a 'good' critique, it is a very pleasant and welcome revelation - thank you Jenna!!
Read Jenna's full review HERE
THANK YOU to all the cast, ensemble, crew, conductor Patrick Pickett and especially to Libby Lewis - soprano, librettist and creative drive behind the opera!
We are all looking forward to the next production!
Libby Lewis and me at an interview at 4MBS (Brisbane) with the very charming Gary Thorpe OAM, General Manager and host.
Read the article about The Nurses at Vung Tau in the Catholic Leader
At the first rehearsal of The Nurses at Vung Tau.
BB, conductor Patrick Pickett and librettist and lead soprano Libby Lewis
I am privileged to be contributing a new solo trombone work for the Australian National Academy's monumental commissioning project - The ANAM SET
I am thrilled that my orchestral work, Let There Be Light was selected as the winner of the Tampa Bay Symphony '5th Annual Call For Scores Competition' (USA).
Two further performances will be given by the Tampa Bay Symphony conducted by Mark Sforzini on February 22 and 27.
My duo work, Hammerblow, for saxophone and piano is now available on a Da Vinci Classics CD 'Music of the Commonwealth'.
An amazing performance by HD Duo - Michael Duke, saxophone and David Howie, piano - thank you!
Listen here on
My choral work, Remember Them, using texts by WW1 poets, McCrae and Binyon, is to be released on (USA) in 2022, performed by Coro Volante conducted by Brett Scott.