It’s an unbelievable time right now. Many of us are confined by four walls, trying not to go a bit mad. If you’re looking for something positive and fun to do, take your old brass instrument out from under the bed, grease the slides, oil the valves and send me a message to get started. We’ll have an online lesson! No need to be intimidated by the idea… we all need to work on something. Whatever level you’re at, I will provide easy-to-understand strategies to improve your playing, and expand your understanding of music. I will also provide pdf’s to go through. No fancy technology needed, you just need: A device (laptop/ ipad) with a web camera, an internal microphone, and a good internet connection.
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra today launched their exciting new project ’50 Fanfares’. Louisa has been selected as one of the 50 Australian composers, selected from a 280 person long-list, due to write a work for the SSO brass. Read more about the project:
Congratulations to Homophonic! who have received funding to tour regionally in 2020. Listen here to Artistic Director Miranda Hill on PBS plugging the Midsumma concert series and tour. My work Stethoscope, commissioned for the 2019 concert, will be performed on the tour and can be heard on this radio interview. LT
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Louisa Trewartha to the position of Musical Director of the Footscray-Yarraville City Band.
Louisa brings a wealth of performance experience to this role having performed regularly as a casual musician with Orchestra Victoria and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and also extensively as a freelance trumpeter for many years.
Louisa has worked brilliantly with the band since earlier this year as our interim MD, and we are thrilled that she has officially accepted the position.
Louisa will lead us at the Victorian State Band Championships in Ballarat this Saturday, and we are looking forward to working closely with her for years to come!
My new album Colours Vibrant is available HERE on bandcamp.com
It features Josh Rogan playing my Trumpet Concerto, Leigh Harrold playing the piano reduction, myself playing the Flugelhorn Concerto, and an incredible orchestra made up of talented musos from around Melbourne. What you won’t hear is Brett Kelly and myself conducting and Steve Semmler-Farr as Sound Engineer and Co-Producer. The project has been supported by Creative Victoria and through crowdfunding.
In early Feb 2019, I joined a dozen other musicians to delve into the world of adjudication. Run by Maestros with a Mission, this two day (twelve hour) professional development was directed by Kevin Cameron and Matt Klohs, assisted by Kara Williams.
The seminars covered:
Adjudication and Philosophy
Methodology of Assessment
Score Preparation for Adjudication
Technique and the Technical
Report Writing and Feedback Techniques
Public Speaking for Adjudicators
Adjudication Panel with Q&A
Mock Adjudications: Solo String, Woodwind, & Brass. Brass Ensemble. Brass Band
On day two we were joined by Mark Ford, Eric Andersen, and Andrew Snell who assisted with mock auditions and provided incredible insight during the Q&A. All very experienced adjudicators, their advice was invaluable. Thanks to the Victorian Bands League for giving me the opportunity to attend this workshop. I can now approach future adjudication with the confidence needed to positively encourage performers.
The biggest project I completed in 2018 was a commission for the Regional Centre for Culture. The Nature of Sound, was written for 30 pipes & drums, and 70 brass & percussion. In September, the premiere in Daylesford was unfortunately rained out, but a recording session was held in December to archive and acknowledge the piece.
A big shout-out to the co-producers of the Regional Centre for Culture, Jo Porter and Elizabeth Walsh who not only got me on board with this brilliant project, but also produced hundreds of incredible cultural events in Central Victoria throughout 2018.
A short video about the project can be found here.
A month-long Kickstarter campaign has wrapped up successfully to fundraise for the post-production costs of my new album. The twelve track album will feature my Flugelhorn Concerto and Trumpet Concerto, with both orchestral accompaniment and a piano reduction. Click here for more info.