21 Aug

Two new score publications

Wildbird is pleased to announce the publication of two more scores by Brian Howard:

Alchemy, his String Quartet No.1

Desires Ingrained, for solo violin

You can listen to Desires Ingrained performed by Vera van der Bie in Amsterdam in October 2016 in the Resources section of this website.

Wildbird has a Special Offer on these two new scores from 21 August to 4 September. You can access this at Shop / Special Offers.

04 Sep

Metamorphosis

Opera Australia has announced that Brian Howard‘s opera Metamorphosis will receive a new production in the 2018 season.

This will be the fourth production of this opera after Nigel Triffitt (VSO) Melbourne, Graeme Murphy (OA) Sydney and John Milson (WAAPA) Perth.

Metamorphosis will be staged in Sydney on 26, 27, 28 and 29 September 2018 and in Melbourne on 25, 26 and 27 October 2018.

The new production will be directed by Tama Matheson with set and costumes by Mark Thompson.

Paul Fitzsimon will conduct with Simon Lobelson, Julie Lea Goodwin, Christopher Hillier, Taryn Fiebig, Adrian Tamburini and Benjamin Rasheed as the cast.

Find out more from Opera Australia: https://opera.org.au/whatson/events/metamorphosis-sydney

22 Sep

Premiere of new work by Brian Howard

Brian Howard’s Desires Ingrained (2016) for solo violin will be premiered at the first of the three After the Silence concerts in Amsterdam in October. This work will be performed by Vera Van Der Bie on 3 October 2016. The concerts will present a series of compositions all 8 minutes or less in duration. Kate Moore and Konstantin Koukias will also have works performed at these concerts.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/138974306552240/

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-after-the-silence-new-sounds-concert-1-of-3-27684587346

31 Mar

Limelight Australian Composition Seminar 2016

Wildbird Music is delighted to support the Limelight Australian Composition Seminar again in 2016.  Taking place on Tuesday 19 July at Santa Sabina College, Strathfield (Sydney), and hosted by Karen Carey, Richard Gill and Andrew Batt-Rawden, we hear this special and enriching event for secondary school music teachers and students has already sold out.

We’re very pleased that alongside workshops of student compositions, the music of Wildbird composer Brian Howard will be featured this year, with a performance and analysis of Voyage through radiant stars 6, the stand-alone string quartet movement from Howard’s larger chamber work Voyage through radiant stars, also connected with the solo saxophone work Voyages 1-8. We’re looking forward to the education kit arising from the seminar, as well as a recording of Voyage through radiant stars 6.

14 May

Broadcasts

Saturday’s concert at the Canberra International Music Festival will be broadcast 8pm tonight (14 May 2015) on ABC Classic FM. Tune in to hear the world premiere of Brian Howard’s Full Fathom Five.  For those catching up on the broadcast on a later date, the link is:

http://www.abc.net.au/classic/content/2015/05/14/4236712.htm

Also, on Saturday 9 May 2015, author Elliott Gyger spoke with presenter Andrew Ford on ABC Radio National’s The Music Show about his book The Music of Nigel Butterley. The interview can now be downloaded/streamed at this link:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/musicshow/elliott-gyger-on-nigel-butterley/6455916

07 Apr

Voyage through radiant stars

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Voyage through radiant stars for a large ensemble of 18 instruments by Brian Howard will receive its premiere at the opening night of the 2014 Aurora Festival on 30 April at the Riverside Theatres in Parramatta. The work was commissioned by the Festival with funds from the Australia Council and will be performed by James Nightingale (saxophone) and the Sydney Conservatorium Modern Music Ensemble conducted by Daryl Pratt.

Voyage through radiant stars is the companion work to Voyages 1-8 for saxophone (soprano and alto) which was premiered at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland in July 2012.

Voyages 1-8 has now been published. The World Premiere can be viewed and heard here:

To order Voyages 1-8, please Visit our Shop.