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28 May 2009

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in June 2009

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in June 2009

In June on ABC Classic FM, In Performance features a strong vocal presence with premieres of new vocal works from Calvin Bowman, Nigel Butterley, Maria Grenfell and Kevin March, while New Music Up Late premieres new works by Hollis Taylor responding to the voices of Australia’s Pied Butcherbirds.

And on the web, visit classic/amp to listen to the latest additions of audio-on-demand, including Colin Black’s Prix Italia-winning radiophonic work The Ears Outside My Listening Room and archival recordings of orchestral works by Helen Gifford and Margaret Sutherland. Or subscribe to the AMU Podcast for the latest recordings of diverse Australian sound and new music artists, this month featuring recent recordings of Australian guitar compositions performed by Geoffrey Morris and Ken Murray.

New Music Up Late

Saturday 6 June 10.30pm – Off The Record: Hollis Taylor
Tonight we chat to violinist and composer Hollis Taylor about her work and her influences. Fascinatingly, the major influence on all her recent work is the music of the Pied Butcherbirds of Australia.

Saturday 20 June 10.30pm – Dots On Paper
We review a number of books about new Australian music that have recently appeared, including Gail Priest’s Experimental Music: Audio Explorations In Australia, Gordon Kerry’s New Classical Music: Composing Australia and David Bennett’s Sounding Postmodernism: Sampling Australian Composers, Sound Artists and Music Critics

In Performance

Wednesday 3 June 8.00pm – Halcyon: 'Lily on a Black Wave'
Jenny Duck-Chong, mezzo, and Alison Morgan, soprano, with Steven Meyer, flute; Mark Shiell, conductro; Diana Springford, clarinet; Sally Whitwell, piano; Daniel Yeadon, cello.
Incl. Andrew Ford – Snatches of Old Lauds, Epithalamium; Kevin March – Ophelie (world premiere)

Friday 5 June 8.00pm – Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; Adele Anthony, violin; Arvo Volmer, conductor
Incl. Ross Edwards – Maninyas (Violin Concerto)

Monday 8 June 8.00pm – Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; TSO Chorus; Johannes Fritzsch, conductor; Lilli Paasikivi, mezzosoprano
Incl. Maria Grenfell – Night Songs (world premiere)

Saturday 13 June 12:05pm – Sydney Symphony; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor; Peter Coleman-Wright, baritone.
Incl. Peter Sculthorpe – Kakadu

Monday 15 June 8pm – Tokyo String Quartet
Incl. Carl Vine – String Quartet No 5

Wednesday 17 June 8pm – Ensemble Gombert; John O'Donnell, director;
Incl. Calvin Bowman – Holy Sonnets of John Donne (world premiere)

Tuesday 23 June 8.30pm – Tokyo String Quartet (live broadcast)
Incl. Carl Vine – String Quartet No 5

Monday 29 June 8.00pm – Halcyon
Jenny Duck-Chong, mezzo, and Alison Morgan, soprano, with Mardi Chillingworth, double bass; Jenny Druery, double bass; Nicole Forsyth, viola; Vicky Jacano, violin; Robert Jackson, cello; Steve Meyer, cello; David Papp, oboe/cor anglais; Julia Ryder, cello; Mark Shiell, conductor; Luke Spicer, viola; Diana Springford, clarinet; Sally Walker, flute; Giuseppe Zangari, guitar.
Incl. Nigel Butterley – Orphei Mysteria (world premiere)

Sunday Live

Sunday 7 June 3pm – Bridget Bolliger, flute; Susan Blake, cello; Gerard Willems, piano
Direct broadcast from the Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Concert-goers in Sydney are welcome. Please be seated by 2.50pm
as the performance begins promptly at 3pm. Entry is free.
Incl. Carl Vine – Flute Sonata

Sunday14 June 3pm – Apollo Trio
Incl. Mike Nock – Fictional realities

Sunday 21 June 3pm – Claire Edwardes, percussion; Bernadette Balkus, piano
Incl. Stuart Greenbaum – Clockwork Lemon

Weekend Life

Saturday 13 June 12:05pm – Sydney Symphony; Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor.
Incl. Peter Sculthorpe – Kakadu

Saturday 20 June 12:05pm – Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (formerly Australia Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra); Paul Dean, clarinet; Benjamin Northey, conductor
Incl. Christopher Willcock – Divertimento for Strings (world premiere)

Saturday Session

Saturday 20 June 3pm – Christine Draeger, flute; John Martin, piano.
Program features: John Lemmone – The Elves Caprice; Peggy Glanville-Hicks – Sonatina for flute and piano; Dulcie Holland – Elegy; Roland Chadwick – Hysterical Penguins: 'Beastie' and 'Hysterical Penguins'; May Howlett – Exhibits: 'Electric mouse'; 'Streeton’s noon' (1991); Phillip Wilcher – Pièces Francaises: 'Idyll'; 'Promenade'; 'Esprit'; John Martin – Cool Prelude; Miriam Hyde – Nocturne; Christine Draeger – Two Fires Suite: 'The Child'; 'The Maker'; 'Lament for Passenger Pigeons'; Timothy Dargaville – Invisible Dances


Wednesday 10 June 1.05pm – Sydney Omega Ensemble; Dimitri Ashkenazy, clarinet; David Rowden, clarinet.
Incl. George Palmer – Concerto for Two Clarinets and Chamber Orchestra It takes two (world premiere)

At Home

Australian music from disc with Julian Day
Saturdays @7.05pm
6 June – Percy Grainger – Molly On The Shore; The Warriors; Nigel Butterley – Evanston Song; Maria Grenfell – Di Primavera; Kate Adam, Dean Frenkel & Ariel Valent – Summer Waves

13 June – Gerard Brophy – Charm; Elena Kats-Chernin – Gypsy Ramble; Derek Strahan – Clarinet Concerto No 1: 3rd movt; Phillip Houghton – Stele; Carl Vine – Piano Sonata

20 June – Nigel Westlake – Malachite Glass; Anne Boyd – Goldfish Through Summer Rain; Peter Sculthorpe – My Country Childhood; Stephen Leek – My Country; Anne Boyd – Cloudy Mountain

27 June – Nigel Westlake – Cudmirrah Fanfare; Stuart Greenbaum – 90 Minutes Circling the Earth; Ross Edwards – Ecstatic Dances; Carl Vine – Sonata; Ross Edwards – Piano Trio

Stephen Adams is a composer of concert music, music theatre and digital music. Since 2004, he has been working full-time at ABC Classic FM in the development of Australian music programming, recording and commissioning projects, and online Australian music presentation. Since 2006, he has been co-producer of CFM’s New Music Up Late program. Recent on-line projects include the AMU podcast, Orpheus Remix Awards, Lute Project and classic/amp.


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Hello Stephen,

It might be nice if some of us, who only (mostly) get airplay on those boring peak audience programs - like Breakfast and Drive - got a guernsey from time to time?

I'll get out of the way now. Sorry.

Russell Gilmour

Visible in a different sphere

Hello Russell, It's great that your music and the music of other Australian cmposers is often programmed in the peak spots of Breakfast and Drive. This is certainly something to be celebrated.

Breakfast and Drive are programs which by their very nature do not post playlists in advance and concentrate primarily on short works and movements of works with a diverse mix of eras. The Australian Music highlights posted on the AMC site alert interested listeners to advance programming of larger Australian works and Australian music features on ABC Classic FM.

As long as we all keep doing our bit, the overall mix is an increasing awarenes, understanding and enjoyment of the music of living composers in our own back yard.

Best wishes to you on the Apple Isle,