Album Release: Colours Vibrant

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.

Premiere of ‘Flight’ in Cardiff, Wales

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 here for a review of the wonderful concert.

 

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LT, Lucy Pankhurst, Robert Childs, Clara Price, Ruth Mellor

‘Augmented Trumpet – First Blood’ concert by Elliott Hughes

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.

On Saturday 4 August 2018 at 8:00pm

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ABOUT: Drone Swarm

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)

Adjudicating at 2018 Yamaha Australian National Band Championships

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.

Results from the section

 

Erin Ellenburg (co-adjudicator) Michelle Nguyen (Accompanist), Maja Heath Australian Open Flugelhorn Champion, and Louisa Trewartha (co-adjudicator and composer)
Erin Ellenburg (co-adjudicator), Michelle Nguyen (Accompanist), Maja Heath (Australian Open Flugelhorn Champion), Louisa Trewartha (co-adjudicator and composer)

Trumpet Case Questionnaire

Hi there,
 
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:
QUESTIONNAIRE HERE
 
 
 
Thank you in advance for your time.
 
 
Kind Regards,
Louisa Trewartha
 
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Musician | Composer | Teacher
www.louisatrewartha.com.au

Trumpit Up & Drone On: Brass and Pipe bands to perform in Regional Victoria

Trumpit Up & Drone On

Organised through the Regional Centre for Culture, I have been commissioned to compose and conduct a work for mass brass and pipes.

On Friday September 28th, community bands from regional Victoria will perform their own entertainment items, and then come together to showcase the magnificent joined sounds of brass, drums, and pipes.

 

WHEN: Friday September 28th, 2018 (AFL grand final parade day)

TIME: 2pm

WHERE: Lake Jubilee, Daylesford, Victoria

COST: Free

 

I hope you can make it to this special performance.

 

LT

MAFB Premiere of ‘Silver Lake’ in Kansas City, Missouri

The Mid America Freedom Band will soon be premiering my work Silver Lake.

CONCERT DETAILS:

Portraits
MAFB celebrates civil rights pioneers and future frontiers
Sunday, October 29
2:00 pm
Unfortunately, I won’t make it to the concert in Kansas City, Missouri but I see that the performance will be at a fairly impressive venue:
Chookas to everyone involved!
LT x

Premiere of work for String Quartet

On the 24th and 25th of May ’17, Kammervolk Collective ran a concert titled immersion. The evening featured new and existing works for string quartet and visual media. This included the premiere of my work freewheel | cassette, for four strings and four screens. A recording will be available soon. Stay tuned.

 

The very talented: Natasha Conrau, Kyla Matsuura-Miller, Clare Gorton, Stephanie Arnold
The very talented: Natasha Conrau, Kyla Matsuura-Miller, Clare Gorton, Stephanie Arnold

My Fair Lady

I’ve been having a great time playing second trumpet in the Melbourne season of My Fair Lady, directed by Dame Julie Andrews. It’s also been an exciting opportunity to cover first trumpet for a few weeks of the run. A wonderful show- on until the end of July, ’17. Come check it out!

 

Some of the wonderful MFL orchestra at opening night
Some of the wonderful MFL orchestra at opening night

Commission for the Mid America Freedom Band

 

PRESS RELEASE:

Louisa Trewartha Commissioned by Mid America Freedom Band

Attachment-1January 24, 2017 Kansas City, MO — The Mid America Freedom Band has commissioned Louisa Trewartha to compose a new piece scheduled to receive its premiere in the ensemble’s 15th season.

Trewartha, a freelance composer, conductor, educator, and trumpeter from Melbourne, Australia, was unanimously selected by a five-person panel after reviewing the submissions resulting from the fourth annual Mid America Freedom Band Call for Proposals. Each year the call is altered slightly to fit the theme of the season.

Submissions were received from a talented pool of 40 composers from across the globe including those from Brazil, China, Australia, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Argentina, Japan, the United Kingdom, and numerous entries from the United States. In keeping with the theme of the Mid America Freedom Band’s 2017–18 season “Frontiers and Pioneers,” Trewartha will write a piece inspired by Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, to receive its premiere on October 29, 2017 at the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National World War I Museum and Memorial by the Mid America Freedom Band.

 

“Louisa’s diverse background as a performer, composer, conductor, and educator shows in her carefully crafted compositions. Her skill is evident across her gripping film scores, timbrally creative chamber music, and compelling works for brass band. We’re delighted to work with her on this new piece. It’s a honor to present new and unfamiliar voices in contemporary composition to our Kansas City audiences. I encourage those in the band world to seek out her music and that of our other stellar finalists,” writes Mid America Freedom Band Artistic Director Lee Hartman.

This new work will join pieces by Aaron Copland, Julie Giroux, Mark Camphouse, Ralph Raymond Hays, and more on the fall concert of the Mid America Freedom Band’s 15th season on October 29, 2017.

 

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MAFB Call for Proposals Results Selected Composer​: Louisa Trewartha

Runner-Up: ​Matthew Nunes

Finalists (in alphabetical order)​: Troy Armstrong, David Avshalomov, Craig Biondi, Edmund Jolliffe, Patricia Martínez, Gene Pritsker, Anna Rubin, David Snow

Panelists: Lee Hartman (Artistic Director), Jeanine Asay (Librarian, tenor saxophone), Federika “Freddy” Morado (euphonium), Christopher Walter (trumpet), Daniel Vu (percussion).