Peter Sculthorpe's much-lauded Requiem for didjeridu, SATB chorus and orchestra is to be performed by three different Australian groups in April 2005, all with William Barton as soloist:
10 Days on the Island Festival in Hobart
(2 April -Tasmanian SO/Richard Mills);
Castlemaine & Melbourne
(3 & 4 April - Royal Melbourne PO/Andrew Wailes); Brisbane
(14 & 15 April - Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra/Michael Morgan)
Faber Music Ltd is delighted to announce that the vocal score of this major choral work was released in print in December 2004.
The Brisbane performances on 14 & 15 April form part of the "Encounters: Meetings in Australian Music" festival being mounted at Griffith University (12-17 April), curated by musicologist and composer, Vincent Plush. It explores 200 years of meetings between Indigenous and white Australian musical cultures through concerts, a national symposium, film screenings, lectures and publications starting in April 2005.
Sculthorpe is Featured Composer at the festival and will deliver a lecture on 12th April "Towards the sacred in my music". In addition to the Requiem performances, other of his works will also be performed, including: String Quartet No. 14, Tropic, The Song of Tailitnama and the Requiem for Cello Alone.