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Greg Butcher : Represented Artist

'Music communicates with all human life. A musical composition should inspire, excite or awaken our inner thoughts and emotions.'

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A fourth-generation musician, Greg Butcher was born in Melbourne, 1962. He completed a Bachelor's Degree majoring in Ethnomusicology and Musicology at the University of New England. He also studied composition with Associate Professor Ann Ghandar (UNE), and conducting with Professor Jerry Nowak (USA).

Butcher is a Fellow of Trinity College London (composition) and holds a Licentiate in Composition from the Australian Society of Musicology and Composition. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Australian Composers.

At age 15 he began brass & percussion studies, performing a number of xylophone solos on ABC radio band programs with his father's community bands. During this time he won NSW Regional and State percussion ensemble competitions.

Butcher started composing and arranging as a member of the Royal Australian Air Force Air Command Band, Sydney. Joining at the age of 19, and staying a member of the band for 20 years, he performed on trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion and jazz vocals while touring nationally as well as overseas. Serving in the band gave him a wide instrumental knowledge (as did his father who was Director of Music–Air Force Central Band, Melbourne), arranging music to suit the Wind Band, Big Band and Marching Band for public, television, school and official ceremonial performances.

Butcher also has over 25 years of professional experience as a session player and conductor, performing with many other professional and amateur groups including jazz ensembles, professional club bands, service bands, school bands, marching bands, orchestras, choirs, rock bands, theatrical musicals, cabaret and television. He has performed for community, corporate and private events including Presidential and Royal occasions. Other artists he has performed with include Julie Anthony, Kerrie Biddell, Marina Prior, James & John Morrison, Bob Barnard, Anthony Warlow, Rhonda Burchmore, Tommy Emanuel, June Bronhill, Barry Crocker, George Golla and Little Patti. He has also tutored in brass and conducted bands at many Primary and High Schools in NSW. Butcher was the inaugural Director of the Clarence Valley Conservatorium, Grafton NSW, and founding Director of the Clarence Valley Sinfonia.

Commissions have included test pieces for New Zealand and Australian National & State A–grade Band Championships from A Country Meadow for solo cornet & piano, to Music for a Jubilant Occasionfor Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In 2007, Land of Perpetual Ice, a major work for Symphonic Wind Band was chosen as the Australian A–Grade National Concert Band Championship Test Piece. Many of Butcher’s works are published through THORP Music or are self published.

Butcher's latest work for orchestra includes a trombone concerto entitled The Suite Trombone and Cantus Requiem for SATB massed choir and soloists.

Composer Credo

‘Music communicates with all human life. A musical composition should inspire, excite or awaken our inner thoughts and emotions. If I have by one way or another moved a person emotionally while listening to my music, I have done my job’.

Biography provided by the composer — current to May 2008

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
A country meadow : Bb cornet, baritone or euphonium and piano (2002) Commissioned by Muso's Media, Victoria for 2003 National Solo Championships