SYDNEY CHILDREN'S CHOIR COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE (2018-19)
I am thrilled to have been invited to fill the role of composer in residence with Sydney Children's Choir! We have teamed up with Sydney Living Museums to explore the history of significant homes and sites across Sydney. From lions and gardens to staircases that wind up to the heavens, these six new works offer an insight into life as it was long ago.
TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S AUSTRALIAN COMPOSERS' SCHOOL (2018-19)
I have been working on my first every concertino (a mini concerto!). The piece, titled Glass Ocean, is for Cor Anglais and Symphony Orchestra and was specifically composed for Dinah Woods under the guidance of composers Matthew Hindson and Paul Stanhope, and conductor Elena Schwartz.
Whilst composing this piece I imagined a glass ocean upon which we could walk and gaze down through cristaline beauty at the world below. I imagined the various colours, textures and shapes that would become visible and wondered what it would be like if we could slice the ocean in half and observe the activity within without the water flowing over, as if looking through a large glass window at the aquarium. As the varying moods and atmospheres of this piece developed, the work began to have two meanings - one that celebrates the beauty of our aquatic life, and the other that realises the destruction and suffering we have inflicted on this ecosystem in need of our protection.
In September this year I will head down to Hobart to workshop this new piece the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as part of their Australian Composers' School. The work will be performed in Hobart on Wednesday 25th September.
WITH THE WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ONCE AGAIN
In 2017 I was awarded the Fine Music FM Young Composer Award for my orchestral piece FLIGHT, which was premiered by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in September 2017. I am excited to have been invited to work with the WSO once again…
In 2017 I was commissioned by Jason Catlett to compose a new work for Genevieve Lacey (recorder), Danny Yeadon (baroque cello) and Neal Peres Da Costa (chamber organ) for Sydney Festival 2018. The work, titled The Lake, was premiered in the Siedler Salon Series on January 19, 2018 and was performed again earlier this year by the trio at the Adelaide Festival. The WSO have invited me to orchestrate The Lake for a small string ensemble for performance in their chamber music series concert Bows of Youth taking place at the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood on August 4, 2019.
CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019
Quite some time ago I received an exciting email from Roland Peelman, Artistic Director of the Canberra International Music Festival, asking if I would be interested in composing a new work for CIMF 2019. Under commission by Arn Sprogis, Margot Woods and Irena Sprogis, I was introduced to Berlin's Sonic.art Saxophone Quartet, for whom I composed my first ever sax quartet piece titled Ripple. The premiere took place at Gorman House, ACT on Tuesday 7th May, 2019 and the ensemble were absolutely fantastic to work with! A big thank you again to Arn, Margot and Irene for supporting new music.
MUSIC FOR MASSED CHOIR
I've always been passionate about my Latvian herritage, and so it was particularly special to have been asked to compose a new choral work in celebration of Latvia's centenary for performance in Riga during the XXVI Latvian Song and Dance Festival (2018). The work, titled 'Vecmamina svesuma' ('Grandmother in a Foreign Land') was a collaboration with my grandmother Aina Andersons who wrote the lyrics for the piece. The work was premiered in in Riga on July 2, 2018 by a choir of 1,000 Latvians who reside outside of Latvia. This was a truly special experience and the work has continued to develop since this time…
In July this year, Toronto will host the XV Canadian Latvian Festival of Song and Dance where Vecmamina svesuma will once again be performed by a choir of over 1,000 singers, this time accompanied by orchestra! The performance will take place at Maple Leaf Gardens on Saturday 6th July, 2019.
Click below to hear Vecmamina svesuma performed by the mixed choir of Ogre.
THE NATIONAL CARILLON (2018/19)
In 2011 I explored writing for the world's largest instrument - the carillon - for the first time with my piece 'The Transfixed Walls', which was awarded second place in the inaugural National Carillon Competition of Australia. I have recently received a commission from the National Carillon Association of Australia to once again compose for this enormous instrument, this time with solo soprano included.