My first employment as a young musician in the 1970s was as pianist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, both as casual rank-and-file musician and occasional soloist. Relocating to the east coast for a decade or so, it was a thrill to return west in 1988 as composer (and unexpected rehearsal conductor!) of one of the orchestra’s “Bicentennial” ventures, the ballet Night of the Full Moonwith WA Ballet. My Sixth Symphony (Choral Symphony) was commissioned by my old...

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