Winner of Ensemble Apex's 2019 Call For Scores

Described by Limelight Magazine as "One of the most exciting new groups on the Sydney Scene", Ensemble Apex is a vibrant orchestra of young musicians with a passion for performing 20th and 21st-century music. The ensemble is also keen on premiering new works, and this year they held a call for scores, inviting emerging Australian composers to submit works for any instrumental forces from chamber groups to full orchestra.

At the fantastic finale to their 2019 season last Friday I was honoured to be asked on stage by artistic director and conductor Sam Weller, as he announced that out of fifty entries my piece has been selected to be premiered as part of their 2020 season. My work, titled Propulsive Instability, is for a chamber group of winds, two horns and strings, and explores various unpredictable and wonky rhythms which create a strong sense of momentum, like stumbling forwards yet somehow remaining on your feet. The work will be premiered in their December concert, The Wild, alongside Nigel Westlake's oboe concerto, Spirit of the Wild, and Richard Strauss's An Alpine Symphony.

Since their inception I have admired the musicianship, culture and vision of Ensemble Apex and their leader Sam Weller, and passionately support everything they stand for, so I am extremely excited and honoured to work with them next year.

You can read Limelight Magazine's review of last Friday's concert (featuring Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite) here.


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