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by Sally Walker
When I was 7 years old, a lady called Judith Clingan visited my school and offered music lessons. At that time, I certainly did not know the impact she would have on my life.
by Anna McMichael
I first began thinking about collecting and playing lullabies for adults in 2011, a year after moving back to Australia after working for many years as a violinist in the Netherlands. I wanted music that would soothe but also intrigue people since we often struggle for balance in our busy and stressful modern lives...
by Carolyn Philpott and Maria Grenfell
The thirteenth volume in the Hush Collection, titled Hush: The Magic Island, features thirteen new orchestral works by twelve prominent Australian composers: Paul Stanhope, Elena Kats-Chernin, Matthew Hindson, Nigel Westlake, Paul Grabowsky, Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe, Maria Grenfell, Brenton Broadstock, Graeme Koehne, Stuart Greenbaum and Iain Grandage. The composers were given a precise brief, which included visiting the hospitals to meet the young patients, their families and caregivers prior to setting pencil to manuscript, and the music was then recorded by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) under conductor Benjamin Northey. Composer Maria Grenfell writes about her contribution.
by Rhoderick McNeill
The Australian Symphony From Federation to 1960 surveys some fifty symphonies composed by Australians – both those based here or overseas and by long-term resident British composers. These works include symphonies in late Romantic, post-impressionist, 1930s neo-romantic, neo-classical and strongly dissonant idioms. The composers represented include...
by Australian Music Centre
by Claire Edwardes
'We were initially unsure of what sort of program we should be taking with us to the hallowed new music grounds that are the European concert halls, but I think that, in the end, touring an almost exclusively fresh and new Australian program was the right thing to do', writes Claire Edwardes. Offspring's European tour featured works by seven Australian composers, plus international repertoire.