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Frank Millward : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Calling the turtles in : flute solo by Frank Millward, from the CD From a bridge of dreams

Photo of Frank Millward

Photo: EGFM


Artist website: http://frankmillward.com

Artist website: http://thevisualvoice.co.uk

After receiving his BA in performance from the Queensland Conservatorium, Frank Millward completed a MA in music composition at the City University of New York in 1981, studying computer music composition with Myron Fink, Ruth Anderson and Charles Dodge. Moving to London in 1982, he took up the position of composer-in-residence with the Lumiere and Son Theatre Company writing scores and musically directing a number of works. One of these works, Brightside, an electroacoustic experimental dance/theatre piece, won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1986.

Returning to Australia in 1987 Millward worked as a freelance musical director (keyboards), composer and producer. He has produced and/or composed for the Queensland Symphony, Melbourne Theatre Co, La Boite Theatre Co, TN Theatre Co, ABC TV, SBS TV, RooArt Records, EMI and Warner Chappel Publishing, as well as working with a number of acts including Michael Hutchence, Ollie Olsen, Noiseworks, Grace Knight and Cleopatra Wong.

Since 1991 he has been a lecturer in composition, jazz, popular music and music technology at various universities. While continuing to receive commissions for new works, he has also written, arranged and/or played on a number of documentary film scores for the ABC, BBC, Channel 4 and independent producers in Australia and the UK.

Since 1998 he has composed and musically directed a number of site-specific works for major UK festivals including: Dining With Alice and The Perfect Day. This follows on from his highly innovative performance piece, Timelines for DJ and orchestra. He is currently Professor of Music in the School of Fine Art at Kingston University, London.

His research explores cross-disciplinary relationships between technology, science and art where focus is given to the ways in which sound and moving image are shaping new interactive forms in live performance.

Frank Millward — current to November 2012

Studied with

Colin Brumby (1972)


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Stilt dance : for solo piano Originally commissioned by the Flying Fruit Fly Circus
Dining with Alice suite : for soloists, choir and chamber orchestra (2011) Commissioned by the Salisbury Festival UK
Bold as : for soprano saxophone, trombone, tuba (2011) Commissioned by Conflux (Musical group).
Jivin the street : for soprano saxophone, trombone and tuba (2011) Commissioned for Bold As the Beatboxing Trio
Used to be slime : for clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba (2010) Commissioned by Conflux (Musical group).
Digital sheet music sample The breeze & you (septets: brass, woodwind) (2010) Commissioned by Conflux (Musical group).

Analysis & Media

- Video: Used to be slime