Category Archives: Catalogue of Works

Discover Australian Music

Some of my music is available via a new site from ABC Classics entitled Discover Australian Music.  Recordings released on ABC Classics can be streamed via Spotify directly from the site.  Recordings including Speed, Little Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy (violin and piano version), Kalkadungu and technologic 135 for string quartet.

Here is the page on me from the site itself:

Two works performed at 2010 Edinburgh Festival

This year, I have two works being performed at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival.

The first is “Energy”, the first movement from my recent ballet for the Birmingham Royal Ballet e=mc2, which will be performed by the Sydney Symphony conducted by Maesto Vladimir Ashkenazy. This concert is on 2 Sept.

Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy

The second piece is “Little Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy”, performed by the amazing violin/piano duo, Duo Sol. This concert is on 3 Sept.

New work for Southern Cross Soloists

I have very recently completed a new work for the outstanding Australian ensemble, Southern Cross Soloists, featuring Jack Liebeck (pictured below). The piece is entitled “Central Australian Song”, and is based upon issues of nuclear testing in Australia. (Note: this title is not up to my usual standard – suggestions welcomed.)

If you are in Sydney, you can catch the concert on 10 October, 8pm, at the Independent Theatre in North Sydney.


Tonight marks the premiere of the ballet score e=mc2, commissioned by the Birmingham Royal Ballet, as part of their Quantum Leaps programme. The premiere is 24 September 2009 at the Birmingham Hippodrome, conducted by Paul Murphy.

The piece is constructed as a symphony in four movements: Energy, Mass (Einstein), Manhattan Project and Speed of Light Squared (Constant).

It has been a great pleasure to work on this piece with choreographer David Bintley. His piece is thoroughly engaging, moving and extremely impressive.

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 way to an aspect of summer.
Nuclear explosion

The second new work for violin and piano is Maralinga. Maralinga is a place in the South Australian desert, and was the site for secret British nuclear testing in the 1950s and 1960s. Not a happy place in Australian history for either the Aboriginal inhabitants of the area, nor the Australian service personnel who were unwittingly used as guinea pigs for the effects of radiation.

Maralinga was written for Lara St. John, who will premiere the piece on 20 March, 2009. It was commissioned by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.