Arcadia Winds are a quintet from Melbourne, consisting of some of the most talented young performers in the country (you can learn more about them here). They recently held a national wind quintet competition, open to any Australian composers under 30. The judging panel included two of Australia's leading composers, Mathew Hindson and Elliott Gyger; and the Melbourne Recital Centre's Director of Programming, Marshall McGuire.
I am so pleased to have won the second prize of $500 for my piece, Earworm. The work is structured around three variations of a three-note cell; I wanted to push myself to see how much material can be generated from the first three notes of a major scale. Arcadia Winds said, "Earworm was a consistently popular choice among the judging panel. We all loved how you took a simple idea and developed it with imagination and flair."
While a performance was only guaranteed for the first prize winner, Mark Holdsworth (28), there may be opportunities for a performance of Earworm in the future.
This competition is very important to me, as it encourages and supports young composers and creating new music for wind ensembles - two huge passions of mine. I think it's a wonderful initiative form Arcadia Winds and I'm thrilled to have been selected for the second prize.