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I was born in Northern Ireland, live in Australia, and am a composer, conductor and actor. I am Head of Composition and Production at The Australian Institute of Music and Musical Director of the Sydney Male Choir. I've been Visiting Composer at Universities and schools and my music has been performed in Australia, the USA, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, China, Italy, Ireland, Taiwan, Argentina, Mexico and Puerto Rico by many international concert artists and ensembles. My compositional interests include music for orchestra, the theatre (including dance), the voice and the church, the combination of electro-acoustic and acoustic resources especially in real time, the exploration of virtuosity and indigenous Australian music. I've conducted in festivals and concerts all over the world, as well as acted in too many professional theatre works to list here.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Looking forward to 2011!

After a summer of Shakespeare, in which I played Dogberry in a professional production of "Much Ado About Nothing" (including some really nice scenes with my daughter, Margaret, see one below!)
it's time to get 2011 organised from the point of view of being a composer and conductor!

Full details are on my website but here are a few highlights:

A plethora of conducting gigs with the Sydney Male Choir the first one of which is on 8th March.

Several world and Australian premieres. These include:
26th March. World premiere of my "Flying in Paradise" for 4 euphoniums and 2 tubas at the 2011 Tubamania International Festival in Bangkok, Thailand! The performance will feature Matt van Emmerick, international euphonium artist, Steve Rosse, principal tuba of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the E-Tan quartet. 

10th July, Syzergy Ensmble, to give Austraian premiere of "To The Ends of The Ocean" for flute, clarinet and piano, for The British Music Society of Victoria (existing as Lyrebird Music Society, Inc)  at Wyselaskie Auditorium, Uniting Church Centre for Theology and Ministry, 1 Morrison Close, Parkville, Vic.

3rd December, world premiere performance of "A Kiss Before The World's End", my concerto for Viola and Symphonic Wind Ensemble; Brett Deubner, vla and the Grainger Wind Symphony conducted by Roland Yeung.

So it's a good start to the new freelance life, and who knows what else will turn up? There's  some teaching to organise and other projects on the boil with some fantastic artists. Stayed tuned!!