JANDAMARRA: Sydney Symphony 2014 Season Launch
In an exciting announcement, Sydney Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Gondwana Choirs and members of the Bunuba community from the Kimberley will premiere a new dramatic cantata by Paul in 2014. The story of Jandamarra is an inspiring Aboriginal resistance story set in the 1880s and 1890s when Kimberley Aboriginal people were under attack from the incursion of European pastoralists and settlers.
Telling the story through music is an exciting new venture which will involve members of the Bunuba community as narrators, actors, dancers and singers. These aspects will be woven into the fabric of the piece. At the moment it is a work in progress - much to do, but exciting things to come! Here is an article in Limelight Magazine.
Paul Stanhope with linguist and Bunuba cultural identity, June Oscar.
Paul's new Piccolo Concerto has been premiered to great acclaim by soloist Andrew Macleod with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (cond. Ben Northey). It was hailed as a welcome addition to the repertoire for this instrument.
The concerto is now available on a CD recording through ABC Classics!
READ REVIEW FROM THE AGE HERE
The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra next performed it with soloist
Julia Grenfell and conductor Rory MacDonald in three performances from 20-22 June in the Adelaide Town Hall and finally the TSO with its flamboyant soloist Lloyd Hudson performed the piece with great style in early July 2013.
Here is a REVIEW from the Adelaide performance.
LAMENT TO ST CECILIA
Paul's "Lament to Saint Cecilia" is a darkly humorous piece for SATB Choir intended as a shadow for the ebulient Britten work "Hymn to St Cecilia". The performances by Gondwana Chorale (conducted by Paul Holley) were performed inthe UK and France. Click here for to hear a performance. This piece has now been recorded by the Chorale for a forthcoming CD. Watch this space!
SYDNEY MYER CREATIVE FELLOWSHIPS
In exciting news, Paul has been awarded a Sydney Myer Creative Fellowship to pursue his composition schedule in 2013-2014. These prestigious fellowships reconize excellence for early to mid career artists and offer financial support for them to continue in their field. Check out the list of awarded fellows – some really great stuff happening in the arts in this country right now!
Paul Stanhope's orchestral music will now be handled through Alfred Music Publishing in Australia. You can hire sets of orchestral parts, peruse titles through Zinfonia or contact Alfreds directly for a hire request: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sydney Youth Orchestra
Queensland Symphony Orchestra