Commissioned by Charles MacInnes with funds from the Music Board of the Australia Council.
First performance by Charles MacInnes and Trevor Jones, The Kirk, Sydney, 30 May 1989
Ford sets the two [bass trombone] protagonists stalking each other with wonderful snorts and rumbles and swellings and contractions of dynamics; so baleful in their combined effect at times that they made Wagner's Fafner sound in comparison like a toy monster . . . Resourceful, varied and striking in its effect, Ford's Tuba Mirum is an outstanding achievement, a piece with a truly commanding presence.
Roger Covell, The Sydney Morning Herald