Funding for new work approved!

The orchestra is thrilled to announce that the Australia Council for the Arts (Music Board) has approved our funding application for the following project:

Western Australia’s leading community orchestra wishes to commission a concerto for orchestra from the Western Australian composer David Pye. The work is intended as a celebratory showcase for the orchestra on the occasion of their 50th anniversary in 2011.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

The work is to be written by the composer in collaboration with the orchestra. The compositional process will be preceded by a series of workshops with the orchestra to allow their input in all aspects of the work.

As well as allowing solo opportunities for the many excellent principal players in the orchestra, the piece should also commemorate the various life members of the orchestra [e.g. a cello solo in memory of cellist Ruth Krieg who played with the orchestra for 20 years]

David Pye and the FSO have had a close working relationship since the late 1990’s. After conducting the world premiere of his 1st Symphony with the orchestra in 1998, David was appointed musical director of the orchestra, a position he still holds. Since that time David has written a number of works for the orchestra including Tangling [2000], Oboe Concerto [2006], Fantasy for Clarinet and Orchestra [2008] and manual dexterity [2009].

Accordingly, David is in a unique position to write a work that features the orchestra, knowing intimately the strengths and weaknesses of each orchestral section. The orchestra enjoys playing his music, and his various works have received ovations from the FSO’s audience.

The creative process will follow the following time-line:

  •  July 2010 initial creative development workshops with FSO [Leckie Music Pavilion, Nedlands]
  • August – December 2010 composition [composer’s studio, Fremantle]
  • May 2011 read through with FSO [Leckie Music Pavilion, Nedlands]
  • June – November 2011 revision / preparation of parts
  • November 2011 performance – FSO annual subscription season [Fremantle Town Hall]
    – December 2011 revision / final score production [composer’s studio, Fremantle]

The extended composition period takes into account the programmed performance date at the end of 2011 [the culmination of the FSO’s anniversary year], and the composer’s request to write the work during 2010 due to his extensive commitments in 2011 on a number of other major projects


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