Emerging composers from South Australia chosen for new ReClassified festival

A new music festival, titled ReClassified, is heading to Adelaide’s events calendar this spring. The ReClassified Festival will take place over three Sundays in November 2022 – November 6, 13 and 20.

Six emerging composers from South Australia have been chosen to participate in this festival. They are Connor Fogarty, Esmond Choi, Aaron Pelle, Lauren McCormick, Georgina Bowden and Hannah Wilkinson.

Esmond Choi, Lauren McCormick, Hannah Wilkinson, Aaron Pelle, Connor Fogarty.

One of ReClassified’s mentor composers, Anne Cawrse, explains that the 6 composers were chosen because of the quality of their pre-existing work and their demonstration of an open appetite for collaboration and learning. “To be a composer, you have to be insatiably curious and prepared for a lifetime of learning. I believe the team of composers and performers we have assembled for ReClassified will learn from each other and together create a very special and important musical experience.

Lauren McCormick, one of the emerging female composers chosen to be part of the ReClassified project, said, “I’m thrilled to be a part of ReClassified under such great mentorship. It’s wonderful to see the investment in emerging composers and in building lasting relationships with established composers and performers. The opportunity to have our works in the studio and performed is invaluable, giving us the opportunity to learn and grow with the knowledge that experienced performers can provide, while allowing us – as individuals – to hone our own creative voice.

Another of the emerging composers, Hannah Wilkinson, said: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for me because I get to write something for extremely talented performers and customize the work for such a unique space. . It provides opportunities for experimentation with technique and high-quality feedback, which is invaluable for a student like me.”

Composers will write works for trios of professional musicians including Dean Newcomb – clarinet, Mitch Berick – clarinet/bass clarinet, Joshua Oates – oboe, Martin Alexander – viola, Tom Marlin – cello, Josh van Konkelenberg – organ, Cheryl Pickering – mezzo soprano, Melanie Walters – flute, Helen Ayres – violin.

ReClassified’s mentor composers are: Anne Cawrse, David John Lang, Rachel Bruerville and Martin Cheney.

ReClassified workshops will take place at North Adelaide Baptist Church Hall. November festival performances will take place at North Adelaide Baptist Church and Hall, Stangate House, Aldgate and Z-Ward, Glenside.

The ReClassified project was made possible by a grant from the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia, allowing the project to extend its reach and ensure artists and composers are compensated for their valuable time. .

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