It is 23 years since a youthful William Barton, a Kalkadoon man from Mount Isa, made his first appearance playing didgeridoo with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra . Now, having just turned 40, Barton is recognised not only as a virtuoso but as one of the great players of his instrument, having performed all over the world.  Barton’s first full-length solo orchestral work has been commissioned for its premiere performance with the QSO, so he has come full-circle with his home orchestra. Written in part to celebrate his homecoming to both Queensland and the QSO, it is also a deeply personal and spiritual work that takes him back to Country, reconnects with his land, and pays homage and respect to his Kalkadunga language.

William Barton

Playing a total of three didgeridoos of different sizes and timbres, Apii Thatini Mu Murtu(To sing and carry a coolamon on country together) began in epic orchestral style, bold and brassy with sweeping strings and strident brass. Into this melange of powerful...