The concert included some faves by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Purcell and a Christmas arrangement by Anthony
It was wonderful to be invited to play for a week with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for their recent brass and percussion concert at St David’s, Hobart.
Thanks for having me!
Thanks to Jessica Cottis and CSO for commissioning Weave Magic Secrets, performed by brass trio Robert Johnson and Victoria Chatterly (horn) and Brett Page (bass trombone). Read more about the work here from this Limelight interview with Maddy Briggs.
How wonderful to be back in person this year. We heard eight students perform and two group numbers. Thanks to accompanists Rachael and Patrick. A delightful morning it was!
As one of the recipients of the 2022 ABC Classic and ABC Jazz Composer Commissioning Fund, Louisa was recently joined by Sydney Braunfeld (SYD), Fletcher Cox (SYD), Amanda Tillett (ADL), and Karina Filipi (MEL) at Iwaki Auditorium Melbourne to record her latest work for brass quintet: Suite Water
ABOUT THE WORK: “As a country-dweller I am very drawn to nature, often inspired by it in my compositions. Having gone through flooding in my hometown of Castlemaine in 2022, this is the catalyst for writing a suite about Australia’s relationship to water. Each movement focusses on a different aspect of human interaction with water”:
Mvt 1: Winter to Spring (light, gentle, blossoming, rich): as the weather warms, the days get longer, and the snow and ice melt
Mvt 2: The Res (whimsical, fun): swimming, blowing up lilos, relaxing
Mvt 3: Farm in Drought (stressed, thirsty): struggle, still waiting for the skies to open
Mvt 4: The City Floods (cynical, strict, changing metre): poor engineering and political choices lead to devastation
Mvt 5: We Shall Drink (warm, hymn-like, beautiful): a song of gratitude to the drinking water
It’s wonderful to learn that many VCE Music Performance students are performing my works that were added to the syllabus this year (2023), AND some students are performing works that aren’t on the syllabus. How Cool! As well as Footprints at Gantheaume Point (Trombone), Flugelhorn Concerto (Trumpet), and Fire Line Suite (Soprano Sax) I would like to recommend:
Though having worked as a casual with Orchestra Victoria since 2009, Louisa will this year be on a full-time contract for the remainder of the year as Tutti trumpet. So far this has meant playing a ballet season of Don Quixote, a chamber concert, and recently stepping up to lead the offstage trumpets in two concert performances of Tannhäuser at Hamer Hall. Before the mid-year break the orchestra will play three ballets seasons.
Someone clever from SSO put together this snazzy interview about my fanfare Inspire where I discuss the work and how it came together.
You can hear the fanfare performed this Sunday by the Melbourne Conservatorium Brass staff in the closing concert of their 2023 Brass Festival in the beautiful Ian Potter Southbank Centre. Details here.