Like everywhere else in the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is having its effect on Sydney-based composers. Paul's new Violin Sonata was to be premiered as part of a Musica Viva Australia National tour in May and June 2020 was cancelled. The piece has been recorded by SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron and pianist Simon Tedeschi for digital release in 2021. The new Requiem, originally slated for June 2020 has had numerous postponements and is now likely to be performed by Sydney Chamber Choir in 2021. Fingers crossed!
THERE'S A SEA IN MY BEDROOM - IN MY LOUNGEROOM!
As part of Sydney Opera House's Digital Season in 2020, a filmed performance of 'There's a Sea in My Bedroom' has been released and is viewable for the next 6 months. The piece is a theatrical adaptation of Margaret Wild's children's classic and directed by Tim McGarry with a new score by Paul. A great way to introduce music to young children. Commissioned and performed here by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
No-one eats oranges under the full moon/ Fruit must be eaten green; ice-cold.
Federico Garcia Lorca
This new recording by the UQ Chamber Players and soprano Jane Sheldon is the first ever volume of Paul's chamber music, including his two Piano Trios, Three Lorca Songs, 'Dawn Lament' for solo cello and 'Agnus Dei - After the Fire' for violin and piano. Digital only release.
The epic music-drama 'Jandamarra – Sing for the Country' made a triumphant return to the stage in a performance presented by The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, in partnership with Gondwana Choirs, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Bunuba Cultural Enterprises in the beautiful surrounds of the Sydney Town Hall in October 2019. The earthy sounds of Kimberley song are intertwined into a vast soundscape of choral and orchestral textures, while narrators, actors, singers and dancers tell the story of Jandamarra, the Kimberley resistance hero from the late ninetheenth century. A piece of great cultural significance, it was described as a 'Milestone of Australian Music' when it premiered in 2014.
The 2019 performance is the first outing of the second edition of the piece which includes a greater involvement from the Bunuba nation cast and an expanded use of symphonic resources to aid the story telling. The sold-out Sydney Town Hall performance was received with an ecstatic standing ovation. Read a review here!
On 21 August 2018, Paul was awarded an APRA/Australian Music Centre 'Orchestral Work of the Year'.
Paul has now won Vocal/Choral, Instrumental and Orchestral categories in these prizes and been a finalist five times.
Congrats to all the award winners and finalists! Click here to read an article on the awards.
The concerto was premiered to great acclaim with outstanding performances by soloist Joshua Davis and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra led by Chief Conductor Asher Fisch in November 2017. The West Australian described the piece as a 'Riot of colour and invention'.
THE HEAVENS DECLARE - MSO Performances 2017
Paul's 1999 choral-orchestral work 'The Heavens Declare' has had a significant makeover with a new orchestration and thorough revision. Some 16 years after its 1st performance, it has had a new outing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sir Andrew Davis in Hamer Hall, March 2017. The texts from the Old Testament (Latin Vulgate version) are a series of tableaux, expressing wonder at the expanse of the universe as well as the fragile place of humanity within its vastness.
Sir Andrew Davis with Paul Stanhope
DAWN and DARKNESS - CELLO CONCERTO (2016)
Paul's new Cello Concerto, "Dawn and Darkness" was premiered on 4 May 2016 by the young virtuoso, Narek Hakhnazaryan and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (cond. Oleg Caetani) at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. It got a great response from critics and audience alike. Read a review here!
Pictures: 1) In rehearsal with Narek Hakhnazaryan and the SSO, May 2016. 2) Paul and Narek working on details of the cadenza in the bowels of the Sydney Opera House.
PICCOLO CONCERTO PUBLICATION
The Piccolo Concerto has now been published by Trübcher editions - the Piano Reduction can be purchased online here. A new version of the 2nd movement in a cut-down orchestration (22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199 2 perc hp pf strings - 188.8.131.52.1) will be premiered by Andrew Macleod and the Sydney Conservatorium Modern Music Ensemble later in 2016.
Paul Stanhope's orchestral music will now be handled through Devirra Music in Australia. You can hire sets of orchestral parts, peruse titles through Zinfonia or contact Devirra directly for a hire request :firstname.lastname@example.org
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