Getting in the spirit, circa 2005.
Christmas List (SATB & organ)
and String Quartet no. 6
October 2018. Andrew Ford's sixth string quartet will receive its first performance this month and next from the Flinders Quartet, for whom it was written. A five-movement work lasting 25 minutes, it was commissioned for the Flinders by David and Kaye Birks and Julian Burnside AO QC. The two even-numbered movements preceded the others, 'Scherzo perpetuo' (2014) composed for the silent film Le Sculpteur express, while 'Sunrise with Wedding Dresses' (2016) was commissioned by Ben Quilty for his short film The Dress. Both involved the Flinders Quartet and you can listen to 'Sunrise with Wedding Dresses' on Soundcloud.
> Performances of String Quartet No. 6 in Ballarat 28 October; Melbourne Recital Centre 8 November; Montsalvat 11 November and Bendigo 14 November. Read a program note.
The last premiere for 2018 will be an anthem commissioned by St George's Cathedral, Perth for its Advent and Christmas services. Christmas List, for choir and organ, takes specially written words by David McCooey that blend ancient and modern imagery in the context of a summery, southern hemisphere Christmas. It will be sung by the Choir of St George's under its Master of Music Joseph Nolan at 7.30pm services on 16, 23 and 24 December. Read the words here.
A pick from Spotify: 'After the Visitors'
> After the Visitors (2014) for soprano and string quartet to Judith Wright's poem was commissioned by Katie Noonan for her project with the UK-based Brodsky Quartet. Noonan and the Brodsky Quartet premiered it in Brisbane in April 2016, as part of their national tour.
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.
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 (AMC 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;
Earth Dances series
April 2016. In the 4-part radio series Three front doors and a paddock Andrew Ford talks to 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.
The four episodes of the 2015 radio series Earth Dances (ABC Radio National) are available to download here. See the books subpage for details about the book Earth Dances: music in search of the primitive (Black Inc. 2015).