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News September 2016

This month will see and hear the première of my Fantasy on an Original Fanfare on the 25th, given at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The performers will be the New South Wales Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble with director Stephen Williams. I attended a rehearsal on August 25th and worked with the ensemble for most of an hour. It is a gifted group of young players who I am sure will give a fine first performance.

Meanwhile work goes on creating the archive of my works for the Australian Music Centre.


Like many composers who write for symphony orchestra, I have found it increasingly difficult to get such works of mine performed. A year or so ago I became interested in the possibility of recording these works with the help of a digital orchestra. There is also the possibility of recording my opera Dracula, with real singers collaborating with high-quality sound samples. I have spent a considerable amount on the hardware necessary, together with sounds that include those from the Vienna Symphonic Library and East West Quantum Leap. The brilliant pianist and composer, Ian Munro, has also discussed with me the possibility of recording previously unheard concertos in this manner. I hope we will make a test of a movement from one of his concertos soon. Most of the sound samples I now possess have not been touched yet, but I have already produced some realizations that show potential. However, I need to complete my work on the Stanhope archive before returning to new sound sample projects.


I recently entered my composition Bagatelles for the Sousa/ABA competition. Results should be known in December.




David Stanhope is a free-lance conductor with wide experience in orchestral, opera, chamber and film music. He is a composer, especially for wind band, with many publications. As an instrumentalist, David Stanhope was a french horn player for many years before switching to bass trombone; he is also a virtuoso pianist.

David Stanhope may be contacted at the following email address:
dstanhope AT bigpond DOT com

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Many thanks to

- Bob Hower -

The Elder Conservatorium Wind Ensemble


Tall Poppies

for excerpts from the 'Little Ripper!' CD