A new book The Song Remains the Same – 800 Years of Love Songs, Laments and Lullabies, will be released on 2 December. The book can be preordered on the Black Inc. website, and the accompanying playlist of the songs discussed can be accessed via Spotify. Often today, the word ‘song’ is used to describe […]
Opera Australia has announced Sydney and Melbourne runs of Andrew Ford and Sue Smith’s opera, Rembrandt’s Wife, for its 2020 season. Commissioned by Victorian Opera and first performed in 2009 under Richard Gill, the new production will star Taryn Fiebig as both the eponymous wife, Saskia, and the painter’s last great muse – his Bathsheba […]
Two of Andrew Ford’s works were finalists in the 2019 Art Music Awards, organised by the Australian Music Centre and APRA-AMCOS. In a bumper year for nominations, The Drowners was a finalist for vocal/choral work of the year (along with music by Rachel Bruerville, Alice Chance and Damien Ricketson, whose opera The Howling Girls took […]
The new look and functionality of Andrew’s website has been achieved in friendly collaboration with Matt Doyle’s Elated. We’re particularly excited about the robust database he’s set up for the list of compositions – to make the most of the new features available (including detailed instrumentations and links to streaming, track and album purchases), we’re […]
‘Excellence is a kind of protest’, reflected Wynton Marsalis in this recent interview on ABC RN’s The Music Show. The long talk between Andrew Ford and Wynton Marsalis was first broadcast on The Music Show on 23 February and can also be watched on Youtube, courtesy of ABC.
On Saturday 16 February, an interview on The Music Show with Holcombe Waller, whose Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite is about to be performed at Sydney’s Mardi Gras this month. It’s a “mash-up of Latin text, poetry, pop, classical and theatre” and written especially for the “peaceful repose of the souls of the dead” with […]
A lot of Andrew Ford’s music is now available to listen to on his SoundCloud, with more being added all the time. Recent additions include some highlights from the Tall poppies catalogue, including a number of works composed for the tenor Gerald English. > Go to Andrew’s SoundCloud page
The tenor Gerald English (1925-2019) had a long and distinguished career, beginning as a founder member of the Deller Consort in 1950. He sang in some of the first modern performances of Monteverdi’s operas and madrigals, and worked with composers such as Stravinsky and Britten, Tippett, Henze and Berio. In 1977 he founded the Opera […]