Andrew Ford (composer)
Andrew Ford (born 1957 in Liverpool) is an English and Australian composer, writer and radio presenter.
He was Composer-in-residence with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (1992–94), held the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer Fellowship from 1998 to 2000 and was awarded a two-year fellowship by the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts for 2005–2006. He was appointed Composer-in-residence at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2009.
Beyond composing, Ford has been an academic in the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong (1983–95). He has written widely on music and published five books. He wrote, presented and co-produced the radio series Illegal Harmonies, Dots on the Landscape and Music and Fashion. Since 1995, he has presented The Music Show on ABC Radio National. In 2012 he was awarded the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award for his work Rauha.
- Poe, opera (1983)
- Whispers for tenor and chamber orchestra (1990)
- Casanova Confined for baritone and backing track (1995)
- Night and Dreams: The Death of Sigmund Freud for tenor and backing track (1999)
- Rembrandt's Wife, opera (2007–2009)
- Concerto for Orchestra (1980)
- The Big Parade (1986)
- Manhattan Epiphanies for string orchestra (1999)
- The Furry Dance (1999)
- Scenes from Bruegel for chamber orchestra (2006)
- Headlong (2006)
- Symphony (2008)
- Bright Shiners for string orchestra (2009)
- Piano Concerto: Imaginings (1991)
- The Great Memory for cello and orchestra (1994)
- The Unquiet Grave for viola and chamber orchestra (1997–1998)
- A Martian Sends a Postcard Home for tenor, horn and piano (1986)
- Wassails and Lullabies for SATB choir and percussion (1989), recorded by ABC classics
- Harbour for tenor and string orchestra (1992)
- Learning to Howl for soprano, clarinet/sax, harp and percussion (2001)
- Tales of the Supernatural for folk singer and string quartet (2002)
- An die Musik for SATB choir (2005)
- Elegy in a Country Graveyard for SATB choir, brass or concert band (flexible instrumentation) and pre-recorded voices and instruments (2007)
- Domestic Advice for soprano and piano (2007)
- A Singing Quilt for SATB choir, percussion ensemble and pre-recorded voices (2008)
- Waiting for the Barbarians for large chorus (2011), based on the poem by Constantine P. Cavafy
- Chamber Concerto No 3: In Constant Flight for solo violin and ensemble (1988)
- Ringing the Changes for piccolo, bass clarinet and piano (1990)
- Pastoral for string octet (1991)
- Tattoo for 12 timpani (6 players) and 4 pianos (1998)
- Icarus drowning (1998)
- Chamber Concerto No 4 (2002)
- Sad Jigs for string quintet (2005)
- A Reel, a Fling and a Ghostly Galliard (String Quartet No 2) (2006)
- Oma kodu for clarinet and string quartet (2006)
- Like Icarus ascending for solo violin (1984)
- Swansong for solo viola (1987)
- Spinning for solo alto flute (1988)
- The Very End of Harvest for viola and piano (2000)
- The Waltz Book (60 one-minute waltzes for solo piano, 2002; commissioned by Ian Munro)
- War and Peace for violin and percussion (2004)
- Chorales from an Ox Life for viola and double bass (2007)
- Folly for solo piano (2007)
- You Must Sleep, but I Must Dance for viola and percussion (2010)
- Deirdre of the Sorrows (1989)
- Elegy in a Country Graveyard (2007)
Awards and nominations
The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). They include the Classical Music Awards which are distributed by APRA and the Australian Music Centre (AMC).
|2004||Learning to Howl – Ford||Best Composition by an Australian Composer||Won|
|2005||Tales of the Supernatural – Ford – Australian String Quartet, Jane Edwards||Vocal or Choral Work of the Year||Won|
|2008||Ford||Outstanding Contribution by an Individual||Nominated|
|2009||Learning to Howl – Ford – Arcko Symphonic Project||Best Performance of an Australian Composition||Nominated|
Bibliography (Andrew Ford)
- Composer to Composer: Conversations about Contemporary Music (paperback 1993, ISBN 1-86373-443-0, hardback 1993, ISBN 0-7043-7061-1, 2nd edition paperback 1997, ISBN 0-86806-631-1)
- Illegal Harmonies: Music in the 20th Century (hardback 1997, ISBN 0-86806-635-4, 2nd edition paperback 2002, ISBN 0-7333-1130-X)
- Undue Noise: Words about Music (paperback 2002, ISBN 0-7333-1057-5)
- Speaking in Tongues: The Songs of Van Morrison by Martin Buzacott and Andrew Ford (paperback 2005, ISBN 0-7333-1297-7)
- In Defence of Classical Music (hardback 2005, ISBN 0-7333-1594-1)
- Joyce Morgan: "A Composer's Subterranean Half-century", The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 March 2007
- Australian Music Centre database (works, articles, recordings, audio samples)
- The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music, 4th edition (1996). New York: Oxford University Press.
- James, William G. (William Garnet); Miller, David, (Performer.); Williamson, Malcolm, (Composer.); Edwards, Ross, (Composer.); Ford, Andrew, (Composer.); Boyd, Anne, (Composer.); Walker, Anthony, (Conductor.); Gyger, Elliott, (Composer.); Walker, Antony, (Conductor.); Sculthorpe, Peter, (Composer.); Whittington, Stephen, (Composer.); Gyger, Elliott. Ring out, wild bells; Williamson, Malcolm. This Christmas night; James, William Garnet. Carol of the birds; James, William Garnet. Three drovers; James, William Garnet. Christmas bush for His adorning; James, William Garnet. Silver stars are in the sky; James, William Garnet. Christmas Day; James, William Garnet. Day that Christ was born on; James, William Garnet. Christmas night; James, William Garnet. Noel-time; James, William Garnet. Sing gloria; James, William Garnet. Little town where Christ was born; James, William Garnet. Country carol; James, William Garnet. Merry Christmas; James, William Garnet. Our Lady of December; James, William Garnet. Christmas tree; James, William Garnet. Golden day; Ford, Andrew. Wassails and lullabies; Sculthorpe, Peter. Awake, glad heart; Boyd, Anne. Burning babe; Edwards, Ross. Haill! Quene of Heven; Whittington, Stephen. Puer natus in Bethlehem; Ford, Andrew. Coventry carol; Ford, Andrew. Corpus Christi carol; Edwards, Ross. Five carols from Quem Quaeritis; Ford, Andrew. This endris night; Edwards, Ross. Now the most high is borne; Edwards, Ross. Nowell in Bethlehem; Ford, Andrew. Susanni; Ford, Andrew. Song of the nuns of Chester; Ford, Andrew. Boar's head carol; Edwards, Ross. Lorde that lay in asse stalle; Ford, Andrew. Gloucestershire wassail; Edwards, Ross. Fader of Hevene; Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir (1995), An Australian Christmas (CD), Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC 446 975-2, retrieved 29 November 2012
- "APRA History". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
- "Classical Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 28 September 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
- "2004 Winners - Classical Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 7 September 2010.
- "2005 Winners - Classical Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 7 September 2010.
- "2008 Finalists - Classical Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 7 September 2010.
- "2009 Finalists - Classical Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 7 September 2010.