This year I’ve been using a warm-up that I wrote out called The Switch-On. It covers everything that I need to stay in shape while I’m juggling a playing career with teaching, composing, conducting FYCB, and part-time study. Colleagues have also found this useful for themselves and their students, so I thought I’d share it as a free resource HERE
I often slur No. 1: focus on efficient air, minimal pressure, slamming valves completely in time
Repeat No. 3 8va
No. 4 is played 3 times: slow with air attacks (no slurs), gently slurred, then fast soft staccato
No. 5 completely in time, all about the air connection, pause on top notes
No. 6 play twice: slurred, then legato or staccato tongue
On the 1st of April 2022 Footscray-Yarraville City Band made performances of two Australian premieres: Where She Sings Freely composed by Lucy Pankhurst set to a poem by Clara Price, and Flight composed by myself back in 2018. Here’s more about the concert, and the recording of Flight below.
Commissioned and premiered by Phoebe Smithies on french horn with Peter de Jager on piano, the two performed with their ensemble Salon Projectas part of the concert Music, She Wrote 2.0 hosted by Prom Recitals at Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre. Instinct takes inspiration from the incredible occurrence that is long-distance bird migration. Having evolved over thousands of years, long-distance bird migration is triggered by a combination of genetic predisposition, food, temperature, and day length. To find their way halfway round the world, birds are thought to use three types of compasses: sun, star, and magnetic. These three elements inform the musical themes in this work.
Along with Instinct they performed works by five other women composers: Amy Beach, Nadia Boulanger, Lucija Garutha, Elena Kats-Chernin and Fanny Mendelssohn. Salon Project posted, “We received a very warm welcome and the audience seemed to really enjoy our concert. We loved meeting the audience after the concert – what a lovely community of music lovers in prom country!”
What a wonderful student concert we all just witnessed! My cornet and trumpet students, many whom are working towards exams, performed so well for their families and friends. Thanks to all who came along to support our young people. LT
I had the great honour of tutoring five wonderful young trumpet players throughout the Easter break. Tertiary students from across the country flocked to the stunning facilities at Melbourne University’s Ian Potter Southbank Centre: the new home of the Music Conservatorium.
Take a day trip to beautiful Daylesford this weekend to see my new work ‘Shimmer’ premiered. The work is a sonic journey remembering and celebrating the 3 most important people in Max Primmer’s life- a Daylesford local TICKETS HERE
Or travel to Bendigo Pride to see the piece performed. TICKETS HERE
Homophonic! will also premiere my new work ‘Baroque Quartet’ in April at their Melbourne shows. See you there!
A selection of Louisa’s works commissioned or composed since 2010 are now available to purchase online. Upon purchase these pdf’s will be emailed to you!
This tertiary level work was premiered by Louisa in 2010 at her final BMus recital. Upon receiving support from Creative Victoria it was re-worked in 2018 and recorded with Josh Rogan $30
This A grade level work was commissioned by Dr Robert Childs for the Royal Welsh College Brass Band $60
Commissioned by the Mid America Freedom Band, and premiered October 29, 2017 at J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. This work takes inspiration from the book By the Shores of Silver Lake, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. $60
At Night the Owl Hunts
Winner of the Grade 2 Category in the South Carolina Music Educators Association’s Sight Reading Composition Contest, 2018. A spooky piece for Beginner String Orchestra focusses on dynamics, articulation, and ensemble playing $20