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.
Results from the section
Erin Ellenburg (co-adjudicator), Michelle Nguyen (Accompanist), Maja Heath (Australian Open Flugelhorn Champion), Louisa Trewartha (co-adjudicator and composer)
Announced in December 2017:
Louisa’s composition At Night the Owl Hunts was selected by the South Carolina Music Educators Association as the winner for the Sight Reading Composition Contest, grade 2 category.
This short work will now be played by a beginner strings orchestra as a sight-reading work.
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)
WHERE: Lake Jubilee, Daylesford, Victoria
I hope you can make it to this special performance.
I’ve been extremely fortunate this week to be working with the TSO and tutors Paul Stanhope, Jessica Wells, and Maria Grenfell, and TSO assistant conductor Elena Schwarz.
Four students from across Australia were selected to take part in the week-long program (Samantha Wolf, Alex Turley, and Adam Brook) in which we rehearsed our own pieces, a song arrangement, and a piano orchestration.
The week concluded with a concert of the original works and the orchestrated suite of Schumann’s Papillons. An ABC radio interview about the week can be found here and here.
Back Row: Jessica Wells, Alex Turley
Front Row: LT, Adam Brook, Samantha Wolf, Maria Grenfell, Elena Schwarz, Paul Stanhope, Allison Farrow, Jenny Compton Photo: Alastair Bett