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Martin Wesley-Smith (A Tribute Concert)


Martin Wesley-Smith (A Tribute Concert)

  • Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020, 5pm
  • Venue: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music — Cnr Macquarie St and Bridge St, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: This is a free event, however registration is required online

Event Details

Please join us for a celebration of the life and musical legacy of Martin Wesley-Smith, given by his family, friends and colleagues. Born in Adelaide in 1945, Martin was a much-valued member of the Conservatorium from 1974 to 2000, where he founded and directed the Electronic Music Studio. He was a pioneer in Australia of audiovisual composition.

This concert is a retrospective of Martin's unique and diverse output, and is presented by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with the generous support of the Head of School and Dean, Professor Anna Reid.

Please consider joining performers and the Wesley-Smith family for drinks at the Sir Stamford Hotel in Macquarie Street after the concert.


Tickets must be collected from the Box Office by 15 minutes prior to concert commencement or else they may be released.


All music by Martin Wesley-Smith (1945-2019)
All lyrics (well, most anyway) by Peter Wesley-Smith (born 1945)

Who killed Cock Robbin? (1979) extract
Sydney Chamber Choir directed by Sam Allchurch
With Tobias Cole, caterpillar

Alice Wesley-Smith – Tribute to her Dad

For Marimba and Tape (1983)
Timothy Constable, marimba

Janet (1995) neutered male alpaca
Geoff Collins, flute, Timothy Constable, marimba and David Miller, piano

Ross Edwards – Tribute

Kolele Mai (2000)
Tim Kain, solo guitar

Weapons of Mass Distortion (2003)
Ros Dunlop, clarinet


Beta Globin DNA (1987)

Balibo (1992)
Geoffrey Collins, flute

Vincent Plush – Tribute

Freddie the Fish (1979) – Lyric by Peter Wesley-Smith
The Elderly Elephant – Lyric by Peter Wesley-Smith
Who stopped the rain? (1965) - from Mister Thwump 1965
there is a time… (2011) – with additional words compiled by Martin
Nobody cares anymore (1986/1991) – lyrics by Peter Wesley-Smith

Brother Jack (1994)
David Miller and Roland Peelman, piano

For more than sixty years
Anna Fraser, soprano with Roland Peelman, piano

Ode to Technology
Roland Peelman, piano

My Knight in Shining Armour
Susannah Lawergren and Anna Fraser, sopranos with Roland Peelman, piano

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Balibo : for flute & tape (1992) by Martin Wesley-Smith
— performed by Geoffrey Collins
Beta-Globin DNA : flexible instrumentation (1987) by Martin Wesley-Smith
— performed by Geoffrey Collins
Digital sheet music sample Brother Jack : for piano (four hands) (1994) by Martin Wesley-Smith
— performed by Roland Peelman and David Miller
For marimba and tape (marimba with pre-recorded sound) (1983) by Martin Wesley-Smith
— performed by Timothy Constable
For more than sixty years (female voice with piano) by Martin Wesley-Smith and Peter Wesley-Smith
— performed by Anna Fraser and Roland Peelman
Janet (trios: flute, percussion, piano) by Martin Wesley-Smith
— performed by Geoffrey Collins, David Miller and Timothy Constable
Kolele mai : guitar solo (2000) by Martin Wesley-Smith
— performed by Tim Kain
Digital sheet music sample Weapons of mass distortion (clarinet with pre-recorded sound) (2003) by Martin Wesley-Smith
— performed by Ros Dunlop
Who killed Cock Robin? : for chamber choir (1979) by Martin Wesley-Smith and Peter Wesley-Smith
— performed by Sydney Chamber Choir and Sam Allchurch

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