One of Australia’s best didgeridoo players and composers, William Barton, is joining John Foreman and the 60-piece Aussie Pops Orchestra for a magnificent night of music at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on 22 July.
This exclusive performance Melbourne premiere will also feature special guests Iva Davies, Aunty Delmae Barton and Véronique Serret and will include William’s amazing compositions which encapsulate the natural sounds of Australia and present the unique and thrilling combination of didgeridoo and symphony orchestra.
Composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, William is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and composers. With his prodigious musicality and the quiet conviction of his Kalkadunga heritage, he has vastly expanded the horizons of the didgeridoo – and the culture and landscape that it represents.
For two decades, William has forged a peerless profile as a performer and composer in the classical musical world, from the Philharmonic Orchestras of London and Berlin to historic events at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day 2019 in front of Queen Elizabeth II, ANZAC Cove and the Beijing Olympics. His awards include Winner of Best Original Score for a Mainstage Producer at the 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards and ARIA Winner of Best Classical Album for Birdsong At Dusk in 2012.
Often in the company of his mother, Aunty Delmae Barton, he has performed on classical stages from the Vatican to the royal court of Spain. As a wildly passionate electric guitarist and jazz-fusion enthusiast, he has appeared alongside Iva Davies’ Icehouse at the Sydney Cricket Ground and in conservatorium recital with concert pianist Simon Tedeschi. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Universities of Griffith and Sydney, has released five albums on the ABC Classics label and is an Artist in Residence at Melbourne Recital Centre.
For over 40 years, the Aussie Pops Orchestra has presented a unique blend of popular classical and contemporary music to Australian audiences. They have performed alongside many of the world’s favourite singers including Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Peter Allen, Andrea Bocelli, Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Cliff Richard, Ray Charles and many more.
John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra and Arts Centre Melbourne presents
William Barton: Sky Songs
Apii Thatini Ma Murtu – We carry a coolamon and sing to country together
Created by William Barton
The Aussie Pops Orchestra
Aunty Delmae Barton & Véronique Serret
With Special Guest Iva Davies
Conducted by John Foreman
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
7:30pm, Friday 22 July
Tickets from $69.00
For further information visit www.apoconcerts.com