Aurora New Music Festival

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Country and Region AustraliaSouth Australia
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Campbelltown, South Australia, Australia
Festival Contact Information

Aurora New Music, Inc.
12 Melton Road
Glenorie, New South Wales 2157
Phone/fax: +61 (02) 9652 0232

Festival Description

The international Aurora New Music Festival is produced in Western Sydney, while taking place at the Campbelltown Arts Centre. The events showcase diverse new works by national and international composers. The performances will be broadcast nationally on ABC Classic FM. The Aurora Festival is dedicated presenting works written by living composers. The 2008 edition features 19 world premieres.

Festival Dates April - May 2012
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Festival Events:

Participants 2008:
  • Grainger String Quartet
    Featuring works from Australia’s most inspiring composers, including Ford, Hindson, Meale, Sculthorpe and Ricketson.
  • Crash, Bang, Swoon
    Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Bernadette Balkus (piano), join forces in a concert featuring two world premieres. Composers include Pozniak, Psathas, Abe, Puts, Meurant, Birtwistle.
  • Fisher’s Ghost Youth Orchestra
    Conducted by David Griffin, the Fisher’s Ghost Youth Orchestra will perform works from Australia and the US, featuring a solo by outstanding young flautist, Jane Duncan. Composers include Atherton, Oetorno, Carr-Boyd and Tin.
  • Car Orchestra
    Featuring five utes, DJ, saxophone, double bass and dancers, this work by composer Michael Atherton crosses every conceivable musical boundary in an exhaustive exploration of vehicular sensation.
  • Aura/Aurora
    Performers, Alison Morgan and Jenny Duck-Chong, Halcyonis one of Sydney’s finest contemporary music ensembles. Halcyon will perform a range of vocal and instrumental compositions, including Chinary Ung’s Aura inspired by the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, and Michael Atherton’s new work based on settings from Prisone.


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Articles and Reviews:
  • Tune up those engines: it’s the symphony for horn and spare parts, by Josephine Tovey (The Sydney Morning Herald, April 11, 2008)


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