RESIDENTS 1999 - 2004


2003 - 2005 | Mary FINSTERER

Mary Finsterer is recognised as one of Australia’s most original orchestral composers. Her work has won many awards around the world, including the prestigious Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize in 2009 for her work inspired by Jorge Luis Borges, In Praise of Darkness.


2001 - 2002 | paul stanhope

Whilst in residencePaul composed Ockham's Razor for saxophone quartet for Continuum Sax (2001), Groundswell for orchestra for Sydney Sinfonia (2002), Shards, Chorales and Dances for guitar, clarinet & string trio for Ensemble 24 & Karin Schaupp (2002), The Burning Bush for sax, violin, viola, bass, piano and sampler for Topology (2002), Missa Brevis for SATB choir (revision of a student work).


2000 - 2001 | matthew hindson

In residence Matthew composed Violin Concerto: Australian Postcards for violin and orchestra (commissioned by Ars Musica Australis), Heartland for massed choir and two pianos (commissioned by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir), and The Rave and the Nightingale for string quartet and string orchestra (commissioned by Symphony Australia for the Goldner String Quartet and the Queensland Orchestra).


Feb 2000 – Sept 2000 | Robert Griffin Morgan

1998 – 2000 | Andrew Ford

In residence Andrew composed The Unquiet Grave for viola and chamber orchestra, 1998. Commissioned by the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra. He had begun work prior to taking up residence, and completed during the first month. First performance by Patricia Pollett and Biennial Sinfonietta, conducted by James MacMillan, July 1999, Queensland Art Gallery and was ABC’s entry in UNESCO Paris Rostrum. Tattoofor 12 timpani and four pianos 1998, Commissioned by the Sydney Spring Festival and performed by Sprung Percussion with conductor Daryl Pratt at Eugene Goossens Hall, 1998. Winner of Sydney Spring – Marienberg Award for Most Outstanding Work of 1998 Festival. Icarus drowning for 9 players, 1998. Commissioned by Kowmung Festival, first performed by Kowmung Festival Ensemble at the Abercrombie Caves, 1999. Recorded for Tall Poppies (TP150) and listed in the Sydney Morning Herald’s outstanding CDs of the year, 2001.And now for high voice and piano, 1998. Song, words by Cathryn Strickland, originally from a sketch for Night and Dreams, first performed by Gerald English and Ian Munro, 1998. Hymn to the Sun (after Mesomedes of Crete), 1999. Dedicated to the memory of Peggy Glanville-Hicks. First performed by Kowmung Festival Ensemble, Abercrombie Caves, 1999 and recorded for Tall Poppies records (TP150). Estampie for clarinet, harp, string quartet and djembe. Performed by Kowmung Festival Ensemble, Abercrombie Caves, 1999. Blue Poles andMotherwell at the Guggenheim (from Manhattan Epiphanies)(1999). Completion of five-movement work for Australian Chamber Orchestra. Blue Poles first performed by Canberra School of Music Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Tor Fromyhr, National Gallery of Australia, 2002. The Furry Dance for orchestra, 1999. Commissioned by Canberra Symphony Orchestra and performed in Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, 1999, conductor Stephen Barlow. Night and Dreams: the death of Sigmund Freud1999. Music-theatre work for tenor Gerald English and pre-recorded tape (produced in conjunction with The Listening Room, ABC Classic FM). Commissioned by Major Festivals Funding Initiative with assistance from the Australia Council. First performances at Adelaide Festival 2000. Subsequent seasons at Sydney Festival (2001) and Melbourne Festival (2001). The Waltz BookWaltz for Jasper, Nightmare, Blue Waltz, Invocation I, II and III , It’s dark in Helsinki, Epiphany, Prelude, and Peggy’s Waltz. 60 waltzes commissioned by Ian Munro with financial assistance from the Australia Council. The project will last till 2002 and win that year’s Jean Bogan award. First performance by Ian Munro, Dartington Summer School, UK, August 1998. Four Winds (new version) for sax quartet (1984/2000), Winterreisefor sleigh bells (one player), 2000. First performance by Peter Neville, Rechabite Hall, Melbourne, 2000. The choral arrangement of Beautiful Dreamer was revised in 1998. A Martian Sends a Postcard Home, Est il paradis?, A Terrible Whiteness and Five Cabaret Songs were all revised in 1999. Learning to Howl, though not commissioned until 2000 and not composed until 2001, was substantially planned in 1999 at the PGH House. Harbour CD was a major recording project of 1998. Released January 1999 on Tall Poppies (TP128).