The inaugural Summers Night Project came to a close with the final concert and panel discussion at Monash University last weekend as part of the Gender Diversity in Music Making Conference. The project was marked as a highly successful beginning to an initiative which, along with similar projects of its type around Australia, are giving a strong voice to emerging Australian women composers. The composers worked alongside performance and composer mentors to develop their works during the workshop intensive in Perth and were able to continue to develop their works further as the tour progressed to Adelaide and Melbourne, making adjustments and changes until the final performance.
Tura New Music would like to thank co-presenters Monash University and Soundstream, and project partners APRA AMCOS, Australian Music Centre and Decibel New Music Ensemble. The combined efforts of all these groups were essential to the success of the project. The Adelaide concert was further supported by the Helpmann Academy and the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music. A special thanks to ABC Classic FM for their recording of the Perth Concert, as well as the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University.
The project would not have been possible without composer mentors Professor Cat Hope, Rebecca Erin Smith and Becky Llewellyn, and performance mentors Stuart James, Derek Pascoe, Tristen Parr, Gabriella Smart, and Cat Hope.
And finally, we would like to congratulate the hard work and incredible talent of The Summers Night Project composers, Rachel Bruerville, Carmen Chan Schoenborn and Olivia Davies, whose dedication and dexterity brought the project to life. These composers personify all the incredible contributions women bring to the arts, and wholly encompassed the overall aim of the project – to diversify Australian composition and continue to support female representation in the arts.