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About Music (Paul Stanhope) : Jandamarra: Sing for the Country


About Music (Paul Stanhope) : Jandamarra: Sing for the Country

  • Date: Monday, 3 August 2015, 5pm
  • Venue: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music — Cnr Macquarie St and Bridge St, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Free event, registration required — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

In his About Music Lecture at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, composer Paul Stanhope talks about interacting with traditional music sources, respectful cultural practice, creative partnerships with Indigenous Australians, and the composition process in bringing the story of Jandamarra to life through music.

Jandamarra – Sing for the Country is a unique piece of music-drama, which was premiered at the Sydney Opera House in 2014. Narration, song and dance tell the story of Jandamarra, a Bunuba hero and warrior who, at the end of the nineteenth century, saved his people by helping to fight the invasion of a whole army of troopers. This choral-orchestral piece was composed in collaboration with members of the Bunuba community and librettist Steve Hawke.

Paul Stanhope is a Sydney-based composer who lectures in composition at the SCM. His works have received prominent performances in the UK, Europe, USA and throughout Asia. After studies at the University of Sydney with Peter Sculthorpe, Paul was awarded the Charles Mackerras Scholarship, which enabled him to study at the Guildhall School of Music in London in 2000.

This event is free but registrations are required.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 9351 1391 or by email to scm.research@sydney.edu.au

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