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Sandra France : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Heritage overture by Sandra France, from the CD 2002 Education Program

Artist website: http://www.sandrafrance.com

Sandra France composes, performs, teaches and records music in a variety of genres. Specialising in classical contemporary music, France also composes in the jazz genre, performs in Celtic folk groups and composes music for young people. She lives in Canberra, Australia, where she engages actively with the local musical community.

In 2008 France was awarded the ACT Creative Arts Fellowship. This award facilitated the development of her opera, From a Black Sky, which was selected in 2010 by Melbourne Opera as part of their inaugural program, NOVA (New Opera Ventures Australia). From a Black Sky received its fully staged and orchestrated world premiere in September, 2013, at the Street Theatre, Canberra, as part of the Canberra 100, Centenary Celebrations. It was shortlisted for an Art Music Award in the Work of the Year: Vocal category in 2014.

France has been commissioned by several of Australia's leading classical musicians and her compositions are regularly performed in concerts and for broadcasts on ABC. France's commission by Symphony Australia, entitled Heritage Overture, for full orchestra, was recorded in January 2002 by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and received its world premiere in June that year. Her piano trio Three Miniatures for Piano Trio received its world premiere as part of the National Festival of Women's Music in September 2001. In 2003 Sandra France released a CD on the Tall Poppies label, entitled Fluctuating States of Calm, which is a collection of her major instrumental works.

Sandra France currently teaches music at Erindale College, ACT Education Department, for whom she composed two youth musicals, Almost Hell, 2005 and Cinderella, 2006. In 2013 she was musical director for Treasures off the Page, a self-devised multi-arts production featuring music, dance, drama, visual arts and media.

France's most recent work, Flight Memory, is a collaboration between herself and renowned Australian playwright, Alana Valentine. A uniquely innovative work, the jazz song cycle Flight Memory fuses genres, styles and structural forms. It will receive its world premiere performance season at the Street Theatre, Canberra, in November 2019.

Biography provided by the composer — current to October 2019

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2014 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral Finalist From a black sky