Sound Byte Performers: Sydney Philharmonia Symphonic Choir and Sydney Philharmonia Ensemble, conducted by Brett Weymark @ Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, NSW, Australia. (7 July, 2001). Composer's Note Waratah (for SATB choir, brass and percussion) was commissioned by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs for performance at the Concert Hall, Sydney [...]



Composer's Note Araluen was commissioned in 2000 for performance by St Peter’s Chorale, directed by Graeme Morton. Scored for a cappella SATB choir, the work is a setting of the first verse of Roland Robinson’s poem “Araluen”. The text of the verse describes the poet’s journey to “Araluen”, a gold-rush shanty town in southern [...]



Composer's Note Aviation was commissioned in 2000 by The Australian Voices, directed by Stephen Leek. The score received its first performance on Friday 4th May, 2001 at the "Australian Voices Festival" in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Scored for a cappella SATB choir, the work is a setting of John Kinsella's poem of the [...]



Composer's Note Links (for a cappella choir, 2000), was commissioned for performance by the massed choir of the 51st Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival, Brisbane, 2000. The work is a setting of John Kinsella’s poem “Links”. Born in 1963, John Kinsella grew up in Perth, Western Australia. He attended high school in suburban Perth and, [...]

A dream only just begun


Composer's Note A Dream Only Just Begun was commissioned by Ars Musica Australis to commemorate Australia’s Centenary of Federation. Scored for SATB choir, baritone voice soloist and orchestra, the work is a setting of Peter Skrzynecki’s poem “Didgeridoo”. The poet’s description of the didgeridoo’s sounds of joy and pain - “a vortex in our [...]



Composer's Note Eternity was commissioned for performance on 30th July, 2000, by the Combined Sydney College Choirs and Orchestra, at the “Millennium Concert”, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. Scored for SATB choir, organ and orchestra, the work comprises three movements with two short interludes. The first movement is entitled “Deep in the silent centuries”. It [...]

Psalm 23


Composer's Note Psalm 23, scored for Mixed (SATB) Voices and Organ, was commissioned in 1999 for performance by St Mary’s Singers and The Newington College Chamber Choir, at St Mary’s Cathedral, in Sydney, Australia. When beginning to compose the setting, I looked to George Herbert’s text for rhythmic ideas and became attracted to the [...]