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1 May 2015

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in May 2015

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in May 2015

May highlights include several broadcasts from the Canberra International Music Festival and Perth's Totally Huge New Music Festival, both taking place this month. The Canberra program includes world premieres from Brian Howard and Andrew Ford, alongside Australian premieres of recent works by Peter Sculthorpe (yes, really!), Kate Moore and Jack Body (NZ), and a second chance to hear Paul Stanhope's new String Quartet No 3 which premiered at Huntington at the end of last year.

And from Perth come world premieres from Julian Day, Daniel Blinkhorn and Cat Hope, plus lots of other Australian music by the likes of Thomas Reiner, Felix Werder, Benjamin Carey, Chris Tonkin, Damien Ricketson and Michael Smetanin. (And Australian premieres of some of the major established and rising voices from the international scene).

A milestone of the month is the 80th birthday of celebrated Australian composer Nigel Butterley. We celebrate along with composer/conductor and Butterley devotee Elliott Gyger and the musicians of the Australian Academy of Music in a feast of Butterley chamber music on the eve of the anniversary. There'll be more about Butterley on air in the course of 2015, including a new Music Makers feature in June and, fingers crossed, an orchestral concert featuring the Butterley orchestral masterwork From Sorrowing Earth, presented by the Arcko Symphonic Ensemble in October, with the support of ABC Classic FM.

Late Saturday evening continues to be a time to find Australian music in the schedule, including this month the world premiere of Annie Hsieh's Into the Outer - a work commissioned and performed by Arcko, and one of two works ABC Classic FM is taking to the 2015 edition of the prestigious International Rostrum of Composers. A good selection of music from the Rostrum, including the Hsieh and Australia's other entry, from Great Waitress trio Laura Altman, Monica Brooks and Magda Mayas, will feature across a week of Evenings starting Saturday 30 May.

Elsewhere in the schedule there are a number of other new recordings of Australian music to be heard from composers Harry Sdraulig (in this year's MSO Metropolis Festival), Jonathan Dreyfus, Joseph Twist, Nicholas Buc and Benjamin Martin

Online the New Waves podcast has more music and interviews from the Gallipoli Songs project. Additions to Rewind will be coming shortly, following some back-end technical fixes. Meanwhile, enjoy the 115 Australian works already in the collection.

Australian music broadcast schedule

Saturday 2 May
10.00pm EVENINGS: Tracks following 8pm concert to include Annie Hsieh - Into the Outer (world premiere) performed by Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, conducted by Timothy Phillips. Plus piano music by Phillip Wilcher.

Friday 8 May
7.00pm EVENINGS: Canberra International Music Festival (LIVE) - Goldner String Quartet, presented by Musica Viva. Includes Paul Stanhope - String Quartet No 3

Saturday 9 May
8.00pm EVENINGS: MSO Metropolis 2015
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Andre de Ridder, conductor
Includes Harry Sdraulig - Kaleidoscope
10.00pm EVENINGS: Tracks following 8pm concert to include Percy Grainger - English Dance; Stuart Greenbaum - Sonata for alto saxophone and piano

Tuesday 12 May
8.00pm EVENINGS: Australian Voices series - Nigel Butterley
ANAM Musicians, directed by Elliott Gyger
Nigel Butterley - Grevillea; String Quartet No 2; Uttering Joyous Leaves; The Wind Stirs Gently; Spindles of the stars

Thursday 14 May
8.00pm EVENINGS: Canberra International Music Festival - 'Movers and Shakers'
Amy Dickson, saxophone; Geoffrey Gartner, cello; Ensemble Offspring; YAFF string players led by Kristian Winther.
Includes Brian Howard - Full Fathom Five (world premiere); Peter Sculthorpe - Island Songs (Australian premiere); Kate Moore - Velvet (Australian premiere)

Friday 15 May
8.00pm EVENINGS: Canberra International Music Festival - 'Double Quartet'
New Zealand String Quartet ; Tinalley String Quartet. Includes Andrew Ford - Common Ground (world premiere)

Saturday 16 May
10.00pm EVENINGS: Tracks following 8pm concert include Ross Edwards - Sacred Kingfisher Psalms

Sunday 17 May
1.00pm AFTERNOONS: Duo Chamber Melange - Peter Tregear, baritone; Ivana Tomaskova, violin; Tamara Smolyar, piano.
Includes Jonathan Dreyfus 0 Standing behind giants

Tuesday 19 May
10.00pm EVENINGS: Totally Huge New Music Festival - 'Amour - Soundbridge Germany / Australia. Friedrich Gauwerky, solo cello.
Includes German Australian composers Thomas Reiner - Three Sketches; Felix Werder - Violoncello solo 1.

Friday 22 May
8.00pm EVENINGS: The Consort of Melbourne; Warren Trevelyan-Jones, conductor
Includes Joseph Twist - Hombres Victoria, Victoria
10.00pm EVENINGS: Totally Huge New Music Festival (LIVE) - 'Dark Twin'
Zubin Kanga, piano and electronics. Includes Julian Day - Dark Twin (world premiere); Benjamin Carey - _derivations; Daniel Blinkhorn - FrostbYte: Chalk Outline (world premiere); Cat Hope - The Fourth Estate (world premiere).

Saturday 23 May
1.00pm SATURDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT: Melbourne Chamber Orchestra; Genevieve Lacey, recorder; Hannah Coleman, recorder; Shane Chen, violin; William Hennessy, violin/director. Includes Nicholas Buc - St Mark's Scherzo
10.00pm EVENINGS: Tracks following 8pm concert to include Katharine Parker - Six Songs; Percy Grainger - Handel in the Strand; Don Banks - Horn Trio

Wednesday 27 May
10.00pm EVENINGS: Totally Huge New Music Festival - 'Time Alone'
Claire Edwardes, percussion; Louise Devenish, percussion; Ashley Smith, clarinet
Includes Chris Tonkin - IN (bass drum solo with live electronics); Damien Ricketson - Time Alone (vibraphone solo with live electronics); and Michael Smetanin - Finger Funk (marimba duo).

Friday 29 May
10.00pm EVENINGS: Firebird Trio
Includes Benjamin Martin - Fanfares for piano trio

Saturday 30 May
10.00pm EVENINGS: Tracks following 8pm concert include Dulcie Holland - String Quartet. Plus music from this year's International Rostrum of Composers.


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