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Archive for December 1999


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A reasonably quiet month ahead (thank goodness) with some time for a holiday. I have a commission to complete by the 20th - a three-movement work for brass quintet. The commission is from Macquarie University (in Sydney), and is in honour of their 30th anniversary of graduation ceremonies. As the music will be played at Macquarie U. ceremonies in the future, I have been asked to write in a fanfare style. I will probably call the piece "Fanfares for Quintet" or "Ceremonial Fanfares". At the time of writing this newsletter only one movement is complete, with sketches only of the other two; so some sustained compositional labour is needed.

Some more interesting composing / arranging / conducting work is developing for next year which I will save for a future newsletter. Both the Yvonne Kenny and my piano solo CDs are out, the former to a mass of publicity. I think the ABC want "A Christmas Gift" in every home!

New Year's Eve involves taking part in the celebrations at the Sydney Opera House. My duties require me to conduct the Sydney Symphony Orchestra with various soloists and chorus at 20 minutes to midnight, and then for the first minute of the year 2000. I have arranged a new "Auld Lang Syne" for the thousands there to try and sing. Along with many another Sydney musician, my main concern will be how to get to the venue, and more importantly what to do afterwards. I fear I may have to bed down in the O.H. conductor's room.....