Freedman Music Fellowships

2020 Freedman Classical Fellow to embark on a Ghan railway adventure from Darwin to Adelaide

2020 Freedman Classical Fellow to embark on a Ghan railway adventure from Darwin to Adelaide

From Saturday, May 29 until Tuesday, June 1, 2021 Melbourne cellist Richard Narroway (29) will perform for guests on board The Ghan and will entertain locals along the journey from Darwin to Katherine, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy and Adelaide.

Narroway won the 2020 Freedman Classical Fellowship prize ($21,000), one of the most prestigious national music awards offered to Australian musicians. The life changing prize enables recipients to undertake a proposed creative and career-defining project; the Ghan journey is Narroway’s.

The repertoire featured on The Ghan tour will include works by Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Kate Moore, Elena Kats-Chernin, and two exciting new electroacoustic commissions from Melbourne based composers Tilman Robinson and Stephen Selios Adam. These works will also feature on an upcoming album Narroway will record later in the year.

Repeater Productions will film The Ghan journey, directed by Ben Golotta. The visual recordings will undoubtedly lend a striking visual and narrative dimension to the cellist’s endeavour, which will accompany the eventual recording release, and ultimately entice a broad range of listeners to his music.

“Whether my performances are aboard the train for fellow guests, underground in the opal mining town of Coober Pedy or out in the vast deserted landscape, the profound presence of these stunning visual backdrops will serve to elevate the music in a truly exceptional way,” says Narroway.

A spokesperson for Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions said the journey from Darwin to Adelaide was a transformative experience. “Travelling through the heart of Australia and being immersed in some of the country’s most pristine landscapes will provide a unique setting for Richard’s music while his performance for our Platinum guests will be a memorable addition to their journey”.

Australian cellist Richard Narroway enjoys an international career as a sought-after performer, recording artist, and educator. The cellist is currently cello lecturer at Melbourne Conservatorium, University of Melbourne.

He spent ten years overseas earning degrees from Juilliard and Northwestern, with a Doctorate at

the University of Michigan, and gave numerous performances across the world.

Narroway will give a pre-tour concert which includes some of the mentioned works on May 13 at Hanson Dyer Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium.

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The 2021 Fellowships are underway

The Freedman Classical and Jazz Fellowships are underway for 2021. There is a very strong likelihood that each Fellowship will be able to conclude, as of yore, with a concert at the Sydney Opera House for a live audience. HUZZAH!

The candidates for each Fellowship – the Classical and the Jazz – are chosen by nine nominators, distinguished musicians or composers or managers from right across Australia. For each Fellowship there are up to 16 nominees. Not many, out of a population of more that 25 million, so the process is highly selective. The nominees are not yet known but their names will arrive in April.

They have to send in applications that include video and sound recordings of their performances, and a description of an imaginative project on which they will spend their prize money if they win.

The prizes each are $21,000.

Three judges for each Fellowship will choose three finalists. Then the finalists perform at concerts where the winners are chosen.

The jazz concert will take place on Monday August 30 in The Studio and the classical concert on Friday October 29 in the Utzon Room.

Daily info will be given on the Freedman Fellowship Facebook page as each Fellowship approaches the announcement of the finalists, with updates as we get closer to the concerts.