The 5 Cs of (arts) grant applications

From 2009-2013, in my role as Chair of the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, I assessed over 2000 grant applications. This included reading thousands of pages and listening to countless hours of support materials – which was a rare privilege, and extremely illuminating re. the vast range of musical activity occurring around Australia. Based on this experience, many people have asked general advice as to how to write grant applications. There is no magic bullet. However, the Continue reading The 5 Cs of (arts) grant applications

Two new violin works

Two works for violin and piano have recently been completed. The first of these is the Violin Concertino: Summer Stories. This work was commissioned by Michael Patterson and Ars Musica Australis. Mike Patterson particularly wanted a work in which the solo violin part was not too difficult – that is, it would be playable by violinists of standard between Grades 7 and A.Mus.A. AMEB levels. The work is subtitled “Summer Stories” because each of its three movements relates in some Continue reading Two new violin works

Kalkadunga at G’Day USA 2009

The final movement of the Kalkadungu (co-composed by and featuring didjeridu virtuoso William Barton) was performed recently as part of the 2009 G’Day USA celebration concerts in Royce Hall, LA and Carnegie Hall, NY. The performers were William Barton and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arvo Volmer. The concerts were favourably reviewed, including by the LA Times.

Violin concerto CD released: Lara St. John

A CD containing the recording of my violin concerto has recently been released by Ancalgon, featuring internationally renowned violinist Lara St. John with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sarah Ioannides. This is a really amazing recording in a number of ways. Firstly the performance is outstanding, as can be expected. Secondly, it is available not just as a normal CD but also in Super CD audio. Thirdly, there are some excellent other pieces on the disc: John Corigliano’s Red Continue reading Violin concerto CD released: Lara St. John

Moments of Plastic Jubilation (1999)

for piano solo duration: 5 minutes Audio recording performed by Katarina Kroslakova. Performance of Moments of Plastic Jubilation by Sabina Im: Programme Notes “…Techno music, nominated by Hindson as his stylistic starting point, is the sort of music you make when you want to grind your heel – ever so nonchalantly – on the old idea of music as a nobly expressive, humane activity. “Its mechanical repetitiveness of figuration and beat is a finger sign to musical as tradition – Continue reading Moments of Plastic Jubilation (1999)