Music for Christmas: 'Wassails and Lullabies' (Spotify)
> The music for Wassails and Lullabies is available from the Australian Music Centre
> See also: Piae cantiones (2013) for male choir
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.
Andrew Ford on Soundcloud
Watch the first performance of Contradance by the Omega Ensemble (Youtube)
Watch Brett Dean conduct the premiere of Andrew Ford's Symphony (Youtube)
Watch Catherine McCorkill play Ford's Snatches of Old Lauds in Abercrombie Caves (YouTube)
Subscribe to Andrew Ford's YouTube channel
Watch a 2-part documentary about Elegy in a Country Graveyard: Part 1; Part 2 (Four Donkey Films)
Download a free podcast of Untuning the Sky, a collaboration between composer Andrew Ford, Genevieve Lacey (recorders), Phil Slater (trumpet), musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music, 71 members of Gondwana Voices, sound engineer/producer Jim Atkins and the painter John Olsen (reading). Includes a short interview with Andrew Ford.
to work list
String Quartet No 6
Blood Red Roses for brass quintet
Peter Pan, an opera for young voices
No One Could Relax around Jezebel for soprano and perucssion
Comeclose and Sleepnow, for voice and 14 instruments
Lin-lan-lone for carillon
Sunrise with Wedding Dresses for string quartet
Fanfare for Neverland for solo trumpet
Raga for electric guitar and orchestra
Contradance for 11 instruments
Sleep for string orchestra
In transit for piano and speaker
Missa brevis for SATB choir and organ
The Drowners for baritone and small orchestra
Free sheet music
Thin Air for solo piano (pdf 188 KB)
Broadway Boogie Woogie (pdf 150 KB) for solo piano
Fear no more . . . (pdf 155 KB)
for solo piano
High resolution promotional photographs for use in concert programs and other non-commercial contexts are now available on the biography subpage.
The Music Show
The Music Show is two weekly hour-long programs of conversation and music. Gregorian chant or hip hop, k.d. lang or a rookie conductor, all get the attention they deserve.
> The Music Show, on Saturday and Sunday 11am Repeated: Saturday and Sunday 10pm.
> Program website
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 (ABC Shop)
> The music for 20 traditional nursery rhymes and Nonsense can be purchased from the Australian Music Centre.
New work for Katie Noonan
& the Brodsky Quartet
May 2016. After the Visitors, for Katie Noonan and the Brodsky Quartet, is part of With Love and Fury, a collaborative song cycle, by ten composers, to words by Judith Wright. Now out on CD, the cycle was premiered in Brisbane in April, followed a national tour by Noonan and the Brodsky Quartet. The CD is available via Katie Noonan's website - digitally on iTunes and Spotify.
Three Front Doors and a Paddock radio series
April 2016. In the 4-part radio series Three front doors and a paddock Andrew Ford's talks 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.
and radio series
May 2015. Andrew Ford's new book, Earth Dances (Black Inc.), shows how composers through history have made their music less sophisticated. The result has often been renewal.
> For details and e-purchase links, see: Black Inc. Read reviews
> The radio series Earth Dances was broadcast in April on ABC Radio National. The four episodes are now available to download.