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.
It was my great pleasure to be able to attend the concert Hemispheres on the final day of October, 2018, presented by the brass band of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Creatively curated by Dr. Robert Childs, the concert featured my opening number Flight, commissioned by the RWCMD mid-year. Continue herefor a review of the wonderful concert.
The premiere of Louisa’s new piece Drone Swarm, for trumpet and electronics will be at:
Augmented Trumpet – First Blood
Presenting the first compositions for Elliott Hughes‘ Augmented Trumpet.
Six Melbourne composers have written new works for trumpet & electronics, designed to feature the homebuilt valve sensor that makes the instrument ‘augmented’. The sensor allows the electronics to synchronise with the acoustic sound through the movement of the valves, opening up new possibilities for each composer to explore.
Live visuals will accompany the new pieces, creating a multi-sensory experience.
Story 1: Bees are dying at an alarming rate because of the actions of humans. Bees are responsible for 80 percent of the worlds pollination. In other words: they give us food! We need bees more than they need us, but we’re killing them.
Story 2: Drones (autonomous unmanned aircrafts) are powerful. Used in warfare since 2002, the ethics of this technology is very, very messy. Drone swarms (multiple drones) are even more dangerous and are currently being tested for warfare.
What happens next? Choose your own adventure!
(Both stories end with the smartest, richest, and prettiest humans moving to Mars)
I just received a recording of my concert band work, Silver Lake. This piece was commissioned and performed (Oct 17) by the Mid America Freedom Band. This work takes inspiration from the book By the Shores of Silver Lake, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is the fifth book in the Little House book series, and was published in 1939. The piece depicts a day at Silver Lake (the area now known as De Smet, South Dakota.)
Here is a preview of the work:
This work will be published and available for purchase in 2019! Stay tuned 🙂
It was brilliant to co-adjudicate with Erin Ellenburg for the Open Flugelhorn section at the 2018 Yamaha Australian National Band Championships.
The third movement from my Flugelhorn Concerto was the set piece. It was exciting to hear so many variations of the work, especially given that I’ve only ever performed the work myself and never actually watched a performance.
Congratulations to everyone who performed! Thank you for taking the time to learn quite a challenging work.
As part of the Australian trumpet and cornet playing community, I would like to invite you to take part in a questionnaire that I have devised.
I have discussed with some of you our joined frustration regarding the lack of affordable, comfortable, and appealing trumpet backpack cases available. Although I’m not sure I will be able to solve this problem, this questionnaire is my first step in considering what comes next.
Please feel free to forward this on to your Australian trumpet and cornet playing colleagues, parents of students, bandmates etc.
This questionnaire should take no more than 5 minutes to complete:
Thank you in advance for your time.