In this composition, ULURU SUITE for Orchestra and Chorus, I have tried to encompass the early beginnings of ULURU through to the present day, the spectacular sunrises and sunsets, the bird and animal life there, the spiritual connections, the sometimes relentless harshness of the heat, the storms and remoteness of the area.
Above all, I have paid tribute to the beauty and the spirit of this sacred place where the Indigenous Anangu people traversed the song lines of their land and settled here some 20,000 years or more ago. The choral section relates this story and talks about the language, the legends and the meanings of the Anangu language.The orchestral prelude depicts the beginnings of time when Uluru was first formed, the sunrise, the bird life and the call of the spirits.
First conceived from early December 2014 as a choral work for SSA voices and piano.
In December 2016 I composed the Prelude to the choral work for full orchestra and the choral section. I used Logic X and East West Symphonic Orchestra and featured is Chelsea J Gibson on vocals. Joining her is Justin Freind Tenor and Perry Joyce, Bass.
In 2018 I completed the Second Movement to this work. This is an Andante piece and represents Kata Tjuta, the National Park where Uluru is situated.
In 2019 I began work on the Finale which sums up the beauty and at the same time the harshness of this beautiful landscape, sacred to the Indigenous Anangu people of this area. In 2020 I re-visited each movement and then took the entire suite to Mark Whitehouse at Pro Copy in Western Australia where the CD was mastered and completed in August. The suite is a total of 20 minutes in duration.
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The 1st Movement, ULURU had it’s European premiere in Vevey Switzerland as part of MLC Perth’s Music Tour to the Montreaux Jazz Festival in July 2017. This is the video link to the event held in St Martin’s Church on Wednesday 5 July before a packed audience. The MLC Senior Orchestra and Choir Directed by Dr Robert Faulkner did a magnificent job performing this work with over 100 students taking part. Please enjoy:
ULURU for SSATB Chorus and Piano
On Sunday 28 July 2019 Dr Margaret Pride directed the Perth Symphonic Chorus performing a new re-worked version of Uluru. This was set for SSATB and Piano. This performance was a world premiere at Christ Church Claremont and was enthusiastically received by a full house.
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