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"The Great Barrier Reef” gala massed handbell by Timothy Sherlock
As you may know, for the last two years I have been one of four people working on the planning committee for the International Handbell Symposium which was held in Cairns Australia in early August 2018. More than 300 handbell ringers from around the world gathered in Cairns for a week of massed ringing rehearsals, technical and cultural workshops and concerts. Musicians from all of the world guilds were represented: US, UK, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australasia. The symposium was a huge success culminating in the Gala Massed Ringing Concert at the Cairns Convention Centre on 11 August. I was the nominated Australasian massed ringing conductor and I conducted a piece I composed inspired by the indigenous creation story of the Great Barrier Reef. Over the last two years, I met with the local indigenous elders of the region who gave me permission to retell their story through the art of handbells. The piece is composed in five sections: 1. The Calm (the calmness of the waters) 2. The Hunt (the spearfishing hunt and the spearing of the sacred fish) 3. The Remedy (the throwing of stones to calm the waters) 4. The Reef (the beauty and mystery of the reef) 5. The Future (an optimistic view of the future of the reef, especially from an environmental perspective) When you have some time, take a moment to watch the beginning of the gala massed ringing concert. You will see a welcome to country by representatives of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji family, followed by their traditional dance telling how the Great Barrier Reef came to be, followed by the world premiere of The Great Barrier Reef (10min.30). My piece is first in the concert because it was Australasia's turn to host the event. The next symposium will be held in Hong Kong in 2020. Our planning committee is relieved, exhausted but thrilled that the symposium was so warmly received by our international delegates ... and I am so happy to have that part of my life back (for the time being!!!) The entire gala performance can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/yDd-IHIcBHU The conductor's and ringer's score can be purchased here: https://timothysherlock.com/sheet-music/handbell-music/ Many thanks for watching!
Spoken Words Broken Swords
Poem by Bréon George Rydell; Orchestral underscore by Timothy Sherlock; QPAC Playhouse, Brisbane; To celebrate the life and career of Bille Brown AM, the Boy from Biloela.
Lament SAT with divisi
Score by Timothy Sherlock; Performed by Brisbane chamber choir Sola Voce; Conducted by Reka Csernyik; St Ignatius Church, Toowong; The choir performed the piece during its 2010 European tour. April is back, and the first of the roses with its half-opened lips smiles at the lovely day. The happy earth opens up and brightens! All is in love and all is rejoicing! Alas, alas, I have in my heart a frightful sadness...
Ave Maria SSA A Capella
Score by Timothy Sherlock; Performed by the Sr Mary Celine Chorale from All Hallows' School; Conducted by the composer Timothy Sherlock; Premiere performance of the work to mark the official opening of the Claver Theatre at All Hallows' School; Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesu...