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.
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.
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.
I am very chuffed to announce that the 3rd movement from my Flugelhorn Concerto has been selected as the work for open solo at the 2018 Australian National Band Championship, which will be held in Melbourne.
For anyone who is planning to play this work please note the following amendments that should be noted at the beginning of your first edition:
Style markings throughout the work are specific to each instrument part e.g Mvt 1, bar 1 the piano plays ‘boldly’ while the flugelhorn plays ‘mysteriously’.
Mvt 1: The flugelhorn part is written for a B flat flugelhorn. Disregard any differing key information in the piano part.
Mvt 2: The repeat from bar 11-20 is not indicated in the piano part, and is optional.
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.
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!
In April 17′, I had a super week tutoring with The Australian Youth Orchestra for their Young Symphonists program. This year held in Mt Eliza, I was fortunate to work with incredibly talented students, tutors, and AYO staff.