different things in the past month. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra and
I finished the recording of new music for children. There was also some
new fireworks music of mine to record with the Australian Opera and Ballet
Orchestra. This, together with parts of my Olympics music, is for the
next Sydney Harbour fireworks display at the beginning of the New Year.
Last week saw me make an emergency dash to Brisbane
to rehearse a Ravel/Takemitsu programme with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
(the scheduled conductor was delayed in Singapore). Then I went to Perth
for the Mathy Opera Awards concert on the 28th. There were five competing
singers, and the second half included some Tchaikovsky and Puccini with
arias sung by a previous winner. The concert went very smoothly, and the
decisions made by the panel seemed fair and pleased the audience (the
hometown girl won!).
The band arrangement of “Olympic Fireworks” has been
given its first performance by Dale Lonis and the University of Missouri
Wind Orchestra. Dale is also rehearsing my new symphony. No firm date
for a première yet. Next newsletter I hope to give firm details of my
forthcoming trip to the U.S.A.