The Blue Gum Forest


Composer's Note The Blue Gum Forest (for a cappella SATB choir and bass baritone soloist) is a setting of *Roland Robinson's poem of the same name. It was commissioned in 2009 for performance at the 60th Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival in Hobart, Tasmania. My setting comprises four sections. The opening, broad style of music [...]

Butterflies dance


Recent performance Saturday 18 November, 2017 (7:30PM) Program: "Choristry's last concert of the year is a flight-themed selection of great music from the last 80 or so years. Highlights are Whitacre's whiz-bang vocal tour-de-force 'Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine', Matthew Orlovich's fabulously evocative 'Butterflies Dance' and a new Elton John arrangement [...]

If Christ … in another time


Sound Byte Review Christmas Around the World – The Geelong Chorale: December 2nd, 2017 All Saints Church, Noble Street, Newtown.  Saturday, December 2nd, 5pm. "... The concert started unconventionally, with the Chorale entering with its female members chorusing very good impressions of kookaburras which melded into Matthew Orlovich’s Australian carol [...]



Newsflash! Born on a New Day – This new CD features a cappella Christmas music from around the world, sung by the Cathedral Girls' Choir and Lay Clerks of St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, Northern Ireland, under the direction of Master of the Choristers, David Stevens. The new CD includes a recording of my [...]

Midnight Mass


Composer's Note Midnight Mass (for SATB choir, soprano & bass baritone soloist, treble voice soloist, organ and orchestra) was commissioned by Father Arthur Bridge for performance at Midnight Mass, held at St Patrick’s Church, Blacktown, NSW, on Tuesday 25 December, 2007. The Midnight Mass setting comprises: I. Processional (O come, all ye faithful) (3’08”) [...]



Composer's Note Ezekiel (for SSABar choir, piano and percussion) was commissioned in 2004 by The Hunter Singers, Newcastle, directed by Kim Sutherland, with financial assistance of the Music Board of the Australia Council. The work, of approximately 8 minutes duration, draws upon a poem by the Australian writer Luke Davies, entitled “Ezekiel”. Luke’s poem [...]

Huge Earth


Composer's Note Commissioned by St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney, Australia, Huge Earth received its first performance at Sydney Town Hall on 26th June, 2003 as a three-movement work scored for massed choirs, orchestra, pipe organ and soloists. In 2013, at the invitation of conductor Jacob Narverud (Kansas City, USA), I took the opportunity [...]