Below you will find a selection of my chamber works.

To purchase a score, request further information or to commission a new chamber work, please message me via the Contact page.

 

 
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RIPPLE (2019)

For saxophone quartet. Approximate duration: 4 minutes.

Commissioned by Arn Sprogis, Margot Woods and Irena Sprogis for premiere performance by the Sonic.art Saxophone Quartet at the Canberra International Music Festival 2019.

The premiere performances of this work took place at Gorman House, ACT on the 6th May 2019.

Whilst the title of this work wasn't quite apparent to me whilst I was composing the music, over time I realised that I was picturing ripples upon a body of water - the swelling of different colours and textures, the exploration of the shallows and depths, and the dance-like formations that arise from this unpredictable and malleable medium. The piece twists and turns through a series of ostinato figures, exploring the transient nature of water and its fluidity, beauty and power.

 

the lake (2018)

For recorder, cello and chamber organ. Approximate duration: 6 minutes 30 seconds.

Commissioned by Jason Catlett for Genevieve Lacey, Danny Yeadon and Neal Peres Da Costa as part of Sydney Festival 2018.

The premiere performances of this work took place at the Australia Council of the Arts offices on the 19th and 20th January 2018 as part of the Sydney Festival Seidler Salon Series.

 

THE nottingham poet (2017)

For flute and harp. Approximate duration: 6 minutes 30 seconds.

Composed for Alice Giles and Virginia Taylor in conjunction with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s inaugural National Women Composers’ Development Program (2016-17).

In October 2017 the National Portrait Gallery of Australia held the first exhibition to showcase the compelling watercolour images of English street people made by the itinerant English painter John Dempsey throughout the first half of the nineteenth century. This piece was inspired by Dempsey’s painting of David Love, commonly referred to as “The Nottingham Poet” (1750-1827).

The premiere performance of this work took place in the Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery of Australia on the 31st August 2017, hosted by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

 

LOOK UP - THE SKY IS GLOWING (2017)

For SATB choir, string quartet and piano. Approximate duration: 9 minutes.

Commissioned by the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus.

Performed by the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus and Melbourne’s Choristry in Melbourne in May 2017.

 

DZIESMA ATMINAI | SONG FOR A MEMORY (2016)

For two cellos and piano. Approximate duration: 9 minutes 40 seconds.

Commissioned by the Sydney Latvian Society in celebration of its 65th anniversary.

Performed by Michael Ierace, Ewan Bramble and Janis Laurs at Sydney Latvian House in March 2017.


 

RESTING WITH ANGELS (2016)

For string quartet. Approximate duration: 11 minutes 20 seconds.

Over the past decade I have become increasingly fond of the music of Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, with whom I share my cultural heritage. Resting with Angels, my first work for string quartet, was inspired by Vasks' Vientulais Enģelis (Lonely Angel) - a Meditation for Violin and String Orchestra. In Resting with Angels I wanted to create a space in which the listener is invited to surrender into a deep state of meditation and find emotional healing through the music. Most importantly, I wanted to communicate light conquering darkness. The work was originally composed for a workshop opportunity with the Goldner String Quartet in conjunction with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s National Women Composers’ Development Program (2016-17), and in 2017 I was selected to workshop the piece further with Melbourne’s Flinders Quartet. This recording captures their premiere performance of this piece in Melbourne in December 2017.

Thank you to Haig Burnell for this recording. Photo: Sarah Walker.

 

in the autumn wind we sway (2016)

For SATB recorder quartet. Approximate duration: 4 minutes 40 seconds.

Commissioned by Peter Petocz and the Judgment of Paris Recorder Quartet.

In the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales you will find a magical place called Mount Wilson. Mount Wilson is particularly magnificent in the autumn time when leaves of a million different colours whirl in the wind and settle to the ground as nature prepares for winter. This piece was inspired by fond childhood memories of exploring this beautiful area and the image that it imprinted in my memory.

 

NORIET SAULE VAKARA | THE SETTING OF THE SUN IN THE EVENING (2014)

For solo SSTB, violin and piano. Approximate duration: 5 minutes 20 seconds.

Performed by Alex Oomens, Imogen Maltifano, Damian Arnold, Daniel Nicholson, Tiffany Cheng and Alisa Bernhard at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in November 2014.

 

FOLLOW THE LEADER (2011)

For three marimbas. Approximately 1 minute 50 seconds.

Performed at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in October 2012.

 

CALL OF THE SIRENS (2009)

For 6 voices, 2 cellos, double bass, acoustic guitar and piano. Approximate duration: 4 minutes.

I composed this work in my final year of high school. The piece was selected for inclusion in the ENCORE (2009) - a showcase of musical works by students from that years Higher School Certificate Music Examinations, held in the Sydney Opera House. In 2012, the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW awarded this piece first place in the Frank Hutchens Scholarship for Composition, as judged by composer Ann Carr-Boyd. Ann described this piece as “a very sensitive work.. This piece to me has that extra something including a very personal voice; a very assured voice - the placement of themes, their use and re-use, was faultless. Orchestration was truly brilliant and the use of the voices masterly - in fact it was the sort of score where you felt that everything was so right that you didn’t actually have to think about it.”