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Ross Fiddes : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Kids bits : for piano by Ross Fiddes, from the CD Piano games

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In 1988 Ross Fiddes founded the Sound Construction Company, and continues to work as their promoter and musical director. He also founded the Novocastrian Arts Orchestra, working as their promoter and musical director in 1991 - 1995. Fiddes has been a guest conductor with Orchestra Nova, the Newcastle City Choir and the Newcastle University Choir. He was artistic director and principal conductor for Opera Hunter in 1992-94. He has been freelancing as a conductor/musical director since.

Fiddes's larger-scale compositions have been performed by the Australian Opera, Opera Hunter, Newcastle University Choir, the Sound Construction Company, the Western Australia Arts Orchestra, the Hunter Orchestra, Shakespeare et al, Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra, Opera Mode, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet (USA), the 3rd Military District Band, Camerata Musicale, Anna Fraser and the Acacia Quartet, and the Bennelong Wind & Brass Ensemble. Fiddes was an invited participant to the 1995 June In Buffalo International Composers' Festival, State University of New York.

Based on Chekhov, Fiddes chamber opera The Proposal has been performed by four different companies, including in workshop by (the then) The Australian Opera. His musical drama Abelard and Heloise, written with librettist Paul Kavanagh, received the 1997 major CONDA (City of Newcastle Drama Award) for Outstanding Achievement in Newcastle Theatre. Presented in a workshop form, this musical was judged against 200 other theatrical events taking place in the Newcastle bicentennial year. In 2002 Fiddes received a further CONDA for his musical direction of the premiere full staging of this work.

After a composing hiatus of some 12 years, Fiddes has recently produced more vocal works including Playing Post Office, a chamber opera written in collaboration with US dramatic soprano Jennifer Wilson, a song cycle The Man In The Other Room for soprano and string quartet to poems of Samantha Fiddes premiered in November 2015 by Anna Fraser and the Acacia Quartet, and These Men, a song cycle for high voice and piano to poems by Leon Gellert, commissioned and premiered by soprano Ayse Goknur Shanal, in April 2015, in commemoration of the centenary of the ANZAC campaign at Gallipoli.

Fiddes's compositions have been recorded on the Tall Poppies, Vox Australis, Taslig and Ferndale Studios labels.

Ross Fiddes — current to January 2016

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample These men : a song cycle to commemorate the centenary of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign by ANZAC forces (2014) Commissioned and written for Ayse Goknur Shanal
Romeo & Juliet : Incidental music to the Shakespeare play (1999) Young People's Theatre, Newcastle
Image & refraction (octets: brass, string, woodwind) (1997) Commissioned by WA Arts Orchestra.
Three Spirituals (unspecified voice with full orchestra) (1995) Novocastrian Arts Orchestra
Sonata for trumpet and piano : trumpet with piano (1986) Commissioned by John Kellaway.