News, new music and travels

June already!? It’s been some time since my last update. I usually like to delay any posts with a “you can do it once you’ve met this deadline” mentality, but as I’m sure you know…there is always another deadline! 🙂

In the last month, I’ve received some wonderful and unexpected good news that I’m really grateful to share with you. To me this post seems unusually chock full of good stuff (but don’t worry fellow composers, there’s always plenty of not-so-fun news that doesn’t get acknowledged too), so please excuse me as I indulge a little on recent events .

I’ve spent the last wonderful month working, travelling and catching up with old friends in Shanghai, presenting at the Classical:NEXT Conference in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Brussels and Freiburg. I’m currently based in Paris [eating my weight in pastries, yay!] and am hard at work on a flute concerto for Jonathan Henderson and the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra.

Following this it will be quick turn around on a new work for Ensemble Interface to be premiered at the VIPA Festival and Academy in Valencia, Spain. Speaking of which, I picked up some very nostalgic sounding music boxes whilst taking a stroll today and I’m thinking they’ll have to find their way in to the piece now! It is my hope that all of this music form will form part of my PhD folio – but time and perspective will be the ultimate judge.

There has been plenty of travel time to catch up on all of the amazing conversations released weekly from Making Waves team for the Making Conversation: Australian Composers’ Podcast. I hope you will join me in subscribing, listening to this wonderful series. I’m so proud of the work our interview team have produced.

But there’s even more…

art music fund

I’m humbled and elated to be one of nine Australian and New Zealand composer-recipients of the 2017 APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund.  I look forward to start work on my first opera for young audiences titled The Owl and the Pussycat, based on the poem by Edward Lear. I flew to Brisbane early May to work with initial development with our all-female-powerhouse team: Penny Challen (Opera Q Project Puccini), Alicia Cush (Opera Q, Circa), Kathryn Marquet (La Boite, QTC, Pale Blue Dot), Bridget Boyle (Debase Productions). We’ll soon be launching a crowdfunding campaign to help us #buildthepeagreenboat. If you’d like to stay in touch with the project, follow @hootandmeow on Instagram, The Owl & the Pussycat on Facebook or visit Little Match Productions.




On May 26th I was blown away to be named the Victorian Young Achiever for the Arts! The nomination came as complete surprise, and to watch it reach this outcome was quite overwhelming. Thank you to the special soul who made the nomination and to my amazing partner James (see pictures below) and to my Dad for accepting this award on my behalf whilst I was overseas. I loved living this event through their photos and videos! A big thank you also goes to the sponsor of this award, John Lazarou and The Coffee Club. Also a big thanks to Channel 7, PRIME7, NOVA 100, Bank of Melbourne and Bartercard.



I’m honoured to be co-directing this special Making Waves podcast project with Peggy Polias. It’s been enlightening and fun conducting a few of these interviews myself, with composers Lisa Young, Joseph Twist and Samantha Wolf. As at 2 June, we’ve released 7 shows from this 30-episode crowdfunded series, conversations between talented emerging music journalists and composers Anne Cawrse (SA), Michael Sollis (ACT), Annie Hsieh (USA), May Lyon (VIC), Alex Turley (WA) & Jenna Cave (NSW) and most recently Lisa Young (VIC).  If you’re already a subscriber, we thank you for joining us over at iTunes, via RSS or other podcast apps at this link, or via Making Waves e-bulletins.  If you’re not, do join us at your preferred platform so that you don’t miss a thing!


It was great fun to join forces with Leah Blankendaal of 3MBS to present a networking meeting on supporting new music through independent broadcasting at the Classical:NEXT Conference in Rotterdam on 19/05/2017. This session explored the shared responsibilities to new music held by old and new community and grassroots mediums. Using the Australian MBS model and website/podcast Making Waves as starting points,  we examined best practice in new music broadcasting and explain we chose to come together to support new music communities. It was fantastic to meet so many people from the industry and even more rewarding to get to know more of the amazing Australian delegation. The overall buzz surrounding our work at Making Waves was uplifting!

Upcoming performances

JUNE 4th, 11am, Web concert (streaming), worldwide. The Pool and the Star – Symphony Orchestra.

Here’s a concert not to be missed!  I’m thrilled that the Australian Discovery Orchestra will be performing my orchestral work The Pool and the Star. The best part is that anyone, anywhere in the world can tune in for the next two weeks as it’s all live-streamed the event. The work was commissioned and performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2013 Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program and has been re-orchestrated for ADO.For more details and to buy a ticket to watch the stream click here.

JUNE 28 – JULY 8th TBC, VIPA Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival, Spain. New Work (world premiere), Ensemble Interface.

JULY 23rd, 3pm, Old Museum Concert Hall, Bowen Hills, QLD, AUS. Flute Concerto (world premiere), Jonathan Henderson & Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra.

AUGUST 10-12, Presenting a paper at the ANU Women in Creative Arts Conference in the ACT.

SEPTEMBER 9th, 2pm, Melbourne VIC, AUS. When We Speak, Solo Cello and Electronics – Gemma Tomlinson.

As a reward for making it this far, here is some super flattering evidence of me eating my weight in baked goods in Paris. 😉 Thanks for all of your support! 

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