Storytelling Through Music

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Hatched Composer School

Photo by Connor Malanos

In December I had the pleasure of being part of Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Composer School. Six of us were selected from across the country to compose new works for this wonderful ensemble, with the guidance of mentor Tristan Coelho. It was an intense but rewarding week of workshopping as the incredible players offered their wisdom and advice to elevate our works to a whole new level.

We Demand Our Equal Rights – for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and percussion – is one of the pieces of music I am proudest of. It was so powerful to be able to bring the sounds of protest to the stage and to hear that the audience on 17th December was moved by its message of LGBTQIA+ rights.

Insights Magazine

For the past six months I have been writing regularly for Insights Magazine. It’s been fun to try my hand at a new kind of writing through this journalism work. You can read a few of my favourite articles I’ve written in that time here:

Youth Lead the Uniting Church to the Climate Strike

Wayfarers: The Speculative Fiction We Need Right Now

Rainbow Steps and Affirming Congregations

Sound Stories – Coming Soon

Sound Stories is just around the corner! I’ve been hard at work for many months with Konzertprojekt colleague Maddy Briggs getting this project up and running. After two postponements due to covid, we will finally be presenting these concerts on and 12th February and 25th March.

This two-part concert series all about storytelling through music, and I have two premieres on the program: Razors, commissioned by Konzertprojekt for the talented Ensemble MUSE, and Rain Dance, which will be performed by my dear friend violinist and actor Hannah Buckley. Both works are intimately connected to poetry, to bodies and to gender.

Book your tickets now – but if you’re not Sydney-based or don’t feel safe to attend an in-person concert right now, you will be able to watch these concerts online at a later date by following Konzertprojekt.

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