Virginia Woolf's suicide letter to Leonard Woolf (extract).
Festival premieres in October: (famous) Last Words and
a Grim(m) fairy tale
August 2013. Andrew Ford will be a guest of the Port Fairy Spring
Festival in October, where on Saturday 12th he will hear the first
performance of his new song cycle Last Words, commissioned by soprano Jane Sheldon for herself and the Seraphim Trio. A setting of final utterances, diary entries, letters and poems by figures ranging from Sappho to Maurice Chevalier, Florenz Ziegfeld to Virginia Woolf, and from Captain Scott to Dorothy Porter, the half-hour piece builds to a climax that is a musical evocation of Fish Lamb, from Tim Winton's Cloudstreet, lumbering down the jetty to his doom.
Story-telling also lies behind Ford's dramatic new flute solo Once upon a time there were two brothers... Written specially for the talents of Sally Walker, the performance requires Walker to narrate the Grimms' tale 'The Singing Bone', as well as turn her instrument, sonically, into the bone in question. She will play it for the first time at the Melbourne International Arts Festival on 21 October.
Watch a 2-part documentary about Elegy in a Country Graveyard: Part 1; Part 2 (Four Donkey Films)
Watch ANAM musicians, conducted by Brett Dean, perform Andrew Ford's Symphony (Youtube)
Watch Catherine McCorkill play Ford's Snatches of Old Lauds in Abercrombie Caves (YouTube)
Watch Ensamble 3 performing Ford's Ringing the Changes (YouTube)
Listen to Dance Maze performed by the Sydney Alpha Ensemble. (classic/amp)
to work list
To My Excellent Lucasia, on Our Friendship, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass clarinet and vibes
Once upon a time there were two brothers..., for solo flute
Last Words, for soprano, violin, cello and piano
Uproar for 11 trombones
and four bass drums
String Quartet No. 5
Australian Aphorisms for six solo voices
On Reflection for two pianos
String Quartet No. 4
Nonsense for medium voice and piano
Three Northumbrian Songs for soprano, harp and string quartet
Cradle Song for string quartet
String Quartet No. 3
Cradle Song for violin and piano
The First Hundred for brass band
Blitz for orchestra and prerecorded voices
Waiting for the Barbarians for large chorus
You Must Sleep, but I Must Dance for viola and percussion
The Scattering of Light for violin, viola, cello and piano
Free sheet music
Thin Air for solo piano (pdf 188 KB)
Broadway Boogie Woogie (pdf 150 KB)
for solo piano
Fear no more . . . (pdf 155 KB)
for solo piano
High resolution promotional photographs for use in concert programs and other non-commercial contexts are now available on the biography subpage.
The Music Show website
Learning to Howl
- a new CD from ABC Classics
April 2013. ABC Classics has released a recording of Andrew Ford's double award-winning song cycle, Learning to Howl, sung by the soprano Jane Sheldon. The piece sets words by Lorrie Moore, Sappho, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Emily Brontë, Queen Elizabeth I, Ann Timoney Jenkin and Elizabeth Smart (among others) and represents a woman's life from childhood to old age. The CD also includes the 'single' version of a song from the cycle, the Rossetti setting 'The Birthday of My Life', together with Snatches of Old Lauds, for bass clarinet and drone, and Sounds and sweet airs, for flute and clarinet. The other major work on the disc is the Prix Italia runner-up Elegy in a Country Graveyard, recently featured in Tony Williams and Anna Hewgill's film, A Place Called Robertson.
> Buy the CD from ABC Shop
St John's Cathedral
August 2013. Uproar for (at least) 11 trombones, including bass trombones, and (at least) four bass drums, will have its first performance at the closing event of the 2013 Brisbane Contemporary Church Music Festival on Saturday 17 August. Commissioned by the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, for trombonist Ben Marks and his students (who will give the premiere), Uproar is the latest of Ford's pieces for choirs of wind instruments, following ' . . . in Paradiso' for nine or more flutes, and The Cloths of Heaven for 10 or more cornets. A performance of The Cloths of Heaven will end the Brisbane concert.
Illegal Harmonies is a ten-part history of music in the 20th century.
Music and Fashion casts a far wider net, the programs ranging from the 12th-century composers of Notre Dame to Cyndi Lauper, from Andrea Bocelli to Elvis Presley, and from electronica to the Elizabethan volta.