What's happening in June 2019

Very exciting to discover that the talented Aaron Wyatt has been nominated for a Helpmann Award for his Musical Direction of my opera Speechless. I am very excited with this result wish him the best of luck!


This month I recorded my new chamber concerto The Dark Hip Falls, a tribute to my all time favoutie music writer, Scott Walker. It is performed by the Monash Art Ensemble featuring Miles Brown on theremin. You can view the score on Vimeo here.

Ensemble Offsprings festival 'Kontiki Racket' at the Paddington Town Hall in Sydney takes place on the weekend 20-21 June. An immersive event showcasing the latest new music from around the globe in an expedition of invention, it features the amazing Zephyr String Quartet performing Wall Drawing, another work featuring Theremin, and electronics by Ollie Bown.

On the 29th of June my exhibition Sub Decorative Sequences opens at Linden New Art Gallery in St Kilda, with an event from 6-8pm featuring a concert from the Monash Animated Music Ensemble at 7pm. All welcome!

The exhibit goes on until the end August, with performances of the work throughout that period. At 2pm on July 20 is a concert featuring vocalists Karina Utomo, Sage Pbbbt, and Judith Dodsworth, on August 10 featuring Mary Doumany, and on 29 August at 7pm a ticketed concert featuring Decibel New Music Ensemble.

Decibel New Music is fundraising to commission 5 new works as part of our Talking Board project through the Australian Cultural Fund. The works will be presented as part of Extended Play in Sydney at the end of August. All donations go directly to the composers - find out more about the project and contributing here. There is a video of Cat Hope explaining the Talking Board concept here.

I am featured in a book about women in electronic music, entitled 'Hidden Alliances'. There is a kickstarter campaign for this one, to ensure it is printed as a hard copy edition. You can find out more about that here.
This month saw the publication of two articles written about the role of performing arts academics in the tertiary sector. In an editorial for NiTRO, a platform for creative artists practicing in academia to contribute to informed discussion within the university sector, I interrogate the complexities of academic life for practicing performing artists.

I also articulate some of my ideas about how tertiary music education inside universities can, and should be moving forward. You can find this on the Music Trust e-zine, LoudMouth.