Rafael Karlen, Gabriella Smart and Kate Moore have been announced as the recipients of the Prelude Composers Residency at the annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address last night at Sydney’s Carriageworks. Prelude is a national network of residencies for Australian composers, housed in historic buildings and affording recipients the time and space to create new work or conduct research and development. Beneficiaries of the programme also receive financial support throughout the 12 months of the residency.

Prelude prides itself on being open to Australian composers from all genres, of any age (from 18 years) and any career stage. This year the programme builds on the established residency at Peggy Glanville-Hicks’ home in Sydney and at Gallop House in Perth by expanding to include Beaumont College in Adelaide, owned by the National Trust of South Australia. Past recipients include Andrew Batt-Rawden (publisher of Limelight), Natasha Anderson, and Mace Francis, current Western Australian composer in residence.

Kate MooreDutch-Australian composer Kate Moore

“The Prelude residency at Gallop House has provided me a sanctuary to create with no creative or financial pressures,” said Francis. “The year-long residency shows that there is understanding that creativity needs time and is a long term investment. The house also gives the medium of composition a status in the general community which I have never felt or been part of before.”

Reflective of the ethos of the programme, the 2018 recipients represent a range of disciplines and interests.

Kate Moore, resident at Gallop House, Perth, is a Dutch-Australian musician and composer of new music. Having obtained a masters degree from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague she has been based in the Netherlands since 2002. In 2017 she was the recipient of the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize, the most prestigious Dutch prize for composers, for her work The Dam commissioned for The Canberra International Festival. Her major work Sacred Environment was premiered by The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and choir with soloists Alex Oomens and Lies Beijerinck, taking place at The Holland Festival Proms in The Concertgebouw. She has recently been awarded an APRA AMCOS music fund commission for the creation of a song cycle based on the history and environment of Wollombi Valley in NSW. Her works have been released on major labels, including the Grammy and Eddison-nominated album Dances and Canons, ECM’s New Series and Cantaloupe’s Stories for Ocean Shells. Active on the international scene, Moore has had works performed by ensembles including ASKO|Schönberg, the Bang On A Can All-Stars and Icebreaker. Her works have been performed in venues including The Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House and at major festivals including The Holland Festival, ISCM World Music Days and MATA. She holds a doctorate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Gabriella Smart, resident at Beaumont Cottage, Adelaide, is a prominant advocate of new music in Australia. Smart is artistic director of the new music organisation Soundstream, established in 1993. She has been recognised as a cultural leader through various awards (including a Helpmann Award, Churchill Fellowship, SA Creative Fellowship and APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence) and has successfully conceived and realised dozens of original projects, collaborating closely with musicians, dancers, film-makers and video artists and in theatre and opera. Smart has improvised with such luminaries as Lisa Gerrard, Brian Ritchie, Alvin Curran, Cat Hope, Johannes S Sistermanns and Derek Pascoe. In Australia, she has curated projects and performed in the Melbourne International Festival, Ten Days on the Island Festival, MONA MOFO, TURA, Adelaide International Festival, OzAsia Festival, Festival of Architecture and Design (Adelaide) and Melbourne Recital Centre. Smart established the Soundstream:Adelaide New Music Festival (2008–2012), premiering numerous works by Australian and international composers.

Rafael Karlen, resident at Peggy Glanville-Hicks House, Sydney, is a composer, arranger, saxophonist and conductor based in Brisbane who composes, performs and arranges music for a variety of ensemble across a broad range of styles and is currently releasing his fifth album featuring his original music. Karlen’s music has been performed by small jazz groups, rock and pop ensembles, big bands through to chamber orchestras and string quartets. He has performed throughout Australia, and in Canada, England, Scotland and Sweden. In 2016 Karlen was a featured performer and composer with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as part of the QSOCurrent Series where he composed, performed and directed his music for Chamber Orchestra, saxophone and piano. He was also Musical Director at the 2016 QMF Yarrabah Band Festival where he arranged, conducted and performed music with many celebrated artists including Archie Roach, Katie Noonan, Montaigne and Shellie Morris.