The Memory of Music -
'a sort of memoir'
July 2017: The Memory of Music, Andrew Ford's 'sort of' memoir is published by Black Inc on 3 July. Although it has the form of a memoir, it is really a book about music and how it can help shape our lives. Andrew Ford writes about the music that has most influenced him and takes us inside the head of a composer. There are book events as follows: July 2 book launch in Robertson (details and bookings); July 5 author talk at Stanton Library, North Sydney (free event, details); July 13 'In Conversation with Richard Tognetti' at the Yellow House, Sydney (details and bookings); July 15 Southern Highland Writers' Festival (festival info); July 26 Riverbend Books, Brisbane (details and bookings); 5-6 August Byron Bay Writers' Festival (festival info).
You can read extracts from the book in the Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Music Centre's Resonate magazine.
> The book is available for purchase from 3 July, in shops and online - for example the AMC's online shop and of course the Black Inc. website (also preorder).
> For reviews of The Memory of Music, see the Books subpage.
Bells and whistles in May 2017
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. The festival program also includes the first live performance (30 April) of There was a man lived in the moon nursery rhymes 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.
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.
Album for children
(and their parents & grandparents)
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. It comprises 29 songs, sung by Jane Sheldon and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, two of Australia's finest classical singers, while the players are usually to be found among the ranks of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. There are also 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.
> Order the album There Was a Man Lived in the Moon (ABC Shop)
> The music for 20 traditional nursery rhymes and Nonsense can be purchased from the Australian Music Centre.
Three Front Doors and a Paddock radio series
April 2016. In the 4-part radio series Three front doors and a paddock Andrew Ford's talks the artist Ben Quilt 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 (Black Inc.), shows how composers through history have made their music less sophisticated. 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