Bells and whistles
April 2017. Three new pieces will be heard for the first time in May. Lin-lan-lone, commissioned by the National Carillon, has three performances by Thomas Laue in Canberra and another by Siang Ching Ngu in Sydney, ahead of Laue's performances in Spain and Belgium July. The premiere is on Friday 5 May in the Canberra International Music Festival, with performances also on 6 and 7 May.
The festival program also includes the first live performance (30 April) of There was a man lived in the moon nursery rhymes (the music is now available from the AMC) as well as viola concerto Unquiet Grave and the choral work Waiting for the Barbarians (6 May)
In transit is premiered the same day (6 May) by pianist Ian Munro in Arts in the Valley at Kangaroo Valley, NSW, with the composer speaking train-related words from his diaries and notebooks.
Finally, Never, a suite for clarinet/bass clarinet, violin and piano from the forthcoming opera Peter Pan, is played for the first time by its commissioners, Plexus, at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Monday 29 May.
> Read program notes for Lin-lan-lone, In transit and Never.
Album for children
(and their parents & grandparents)
- now also in the UK
May 2016. Andrew Ford's popular new album for children and their parents, There Was a Man Lived in the Moon is now available in the UK, with other countries to follow. Although only released in late November, the album , on ABC Classics, was one of the highest-selling classical records in Australia in 2015. It comprises 29 songs, mostly traditional nursery rhymes, for a variety of instruments. Jane Sheldon and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, two of Australia's finest classical singers, share the songs between them, while the players are more usually to be found among the ranks of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
In addition to the nursery rhymes, there are several original songs, including Little Star (a setting of Jane Taylor's 18th-century poem, 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star', and three songs to poems by Edward Lear, collectively known as Nonsense, specially written for the project and for Teddy Tahu Rhodes. The disc is now available for purchase online and in all good record shops.
> Order the album There Was a Man Lived in the Moon (ABC Shop)
> Watch a Youtube video of the recording of 'Have you see the Muffin Man'
> The music for 20 traditional nursery rhymes and Nonsense can now be purchased from the Australian Music Centre.
Andrew Ford on Soundcloud
Watch the first performance of Contradance by the Omega Ensemble (Youtube)
Watch Brett Dean conduct the premiere of Andrew Ford's Symphony (Youtube)
Watch Catherine McCorkill play Ford's Snatches of Old Lauds in Abercrombie Caves (YouTube)
Subscribe to Andrew Ford's YouTube channel
Watch a 2-part documentary about Elegy in a Country Graveyard: Part 1; Part 2 (Four Donkey Films)
Download a free podcast of Untuning the Sky, a collaboration between composer Andrew Ford, Genevieve Lacey (recorders), Phil Slater (trumpet), musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music, 71 members of Gondwana Voices, sound engineer/producer Jim Atkins and the painter John Olsen (reading). Includes a short interview with Andrew Ford.
to work list
No One Could Relax around Jezebel for soprano and perucssion
Comeclose and Sleepnow, for voice and 14 instruments
Lin-lan-lone for carillon
Sunrise with Wedding Dresses for string quartet
Fanfare for Neverland for solo trumpet
Raga for electric guitar and orchestra
Contradance for 11 instruments
Sleep for string orchestra
In transit for piano and speaker
Missa brevis for SATB choir and organ
The Drowners for baritone and small orchestra
Common Ground for two string quartets
A pitch dark night for baritone, piccolo, rumpet and piano
Scherzo perpetuo for string quartet
After the Visitors for mezzo-soprano and string quartet
Slow Air, for trumpet, trombone and guitar
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.
My Twitter handle is @fordwritesmusic, and you can read the feed here.
Three Front Doors and a Paddock radio series
April 2016. Three front doors and a paddock is the distance from Andrew Ford's house to that of his friend, the artist Ben Quilty. In this specially commissioned four-part series, Ben and Andy talk about making music and making art: How does it begin? What is its subject matter? Who pays for it? And what about all that great art from the past?
> Listen now or download.
and radio series
May 2015. Andrew Ford's new book, Earth Dances: Music in search of the primitive (Black Inc.), shows how composers through history have made their music less sophisticated. From Dunstaple to Bo Diddley, Stravinsky to Scott Walker, Peter Sculthorpe to Pussy Riot, musicians have invoked the demotic and even the barbaric, admitting drones and drums to their work, simplifying (in some cases, infantilising) their techniques. The result has often been renewal.
> For details and e-purchase links, see: Black Inc.
> Read reviews
> The radio series Earth Dances was broadcast in April on ABC Radio National. The four episodes are now available to download.
The Music Show
The Music Show is two weekly hour-long programs of conversation and music. Gregorian chant or hip hop, k.d. lang or a rookie conductor, all get the attention they deserve.
> The Music Show, on Saturday and Sunday 11am Repeated: Saturday and Sunday 10pm.
> Program website