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SXS
DIDGERIDOO
COMMISSIONING
PROJECT

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Southern Cross Soloists respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians & First Nation owners of the land on which we work. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We also recognise those whose ongoing effort to protect and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures will leave a lasting legacy for future Elders and leaders.

About
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Leading Australian chamber music ensemble, Southern Cross Soloists (SXS) has championed chamber music globally and nationally since 1995. The collaborative nature of the ensemble reflects a commitment and desire to form long-lasting and diverse cultural partnerships with notable musicians and composers from across Australia and world-wide.

The pursuit of excellence in the magical art of music making plus connecting and inspiring audiences and the next generation, rests at the heart of Southern Cross Soloists. SXS is composed of leading soloists from across Australia and is Company in Residence at the preeminent cultural precinct in Brisbane, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, SXS balances breathtaking virtuosity with vibrant artistry.

As passionate exponents of new Australian music, SXS has commissioned more than120 World Premiere new works. SXS launched an exciting new initiative in February 2022: the SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning Project 2022-2032. It features SXS’s permanent Artist in Residence, Wakka Wakka didgeridoo soloist Chris Williams.

Didgeridoo Commissioning Project

Executive Advisory Committee

Chair & Creative Director

Chris Williams

Cultural Advisor & Mentor

(Wakka Wakka / Gunggari Elder)

Professor Kevin Williams 

International Ambassador

Seán O'Boyle AM

Artistic Director

Tania Frazer

Chis Williams

INTRODUCING

CHRIS WILLIAMS, DIDGERIDOO
SXS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

 

Kay Feeney & Christine Dauber Chair
 

A descendant of the Wakka Wakka people from Queensland, Australia, Didgeridoo player Chris Williams, began his music studies from an early age. He studied Classical Trumpet at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and also earned a Masters degree in Classical Trumpet Performance at the Royal College of Music in London.


Chris has appeared as guest principal trumpet with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Pops Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. He was nominated for the Australian Freedman Fellowship Award for Jazz and for the Australian Young
Achiever Award twice. Currently Artist in Residence with the Southern Cross Soloists, Chris is regarded as one of Australia’s leading Didgeridoo soloists. As a Didgeridoo soloist, Chris has performed extensively throughout Africa and Europe. 

 

Solo Didgeridoo performance highlights include Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Israel, the Vatican and Didgeridoo Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. From 2022, in partnership with the Southern Cross Soloists, Chris has embarked on an ambitious project to collaborate with established composers to commission 3 new works for didgeridoo and classical music ensemble every year for the next 10 years.
A number of works so far in the “Didgeridoo Commissioning Project” have been nominated for APRA AMCOS Awards. Current and previous composers include Sean O’Boyle, John Rotar, Leah Curtis, Joe Twist, Matthew Dewey, and James Morrison.


He lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast/Gubbi Gubbi country with his family.

VISIT CHRIS WILLIAMS' WEBSITE >

INTRODUCING

CHRIS WILLIAMS, DIDGERIDOO
SXS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Chair Sponsor:

Michelle May & Kay Feeney 

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Photo: Giselle Images

Education

COMPOSER WORKSHOPS &

EDUCATION RESOURCES

 

+ Chris Williams

+ Sean O'Boyle

+ Southern Cross Soloists

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The SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning Project greatly enhances SXS's scope to make a tangible contribution to the Australian art music canon, through promoting cross cultural genres in chamber music. The outcomes of the project will include increased cultural learnings across broad generational demographics which provide unique experiences for both audiences and the artists.

 

Through the collaborative nature of the SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning Project, we are aiming to encourage more composers to write works for didgeridoo. As such, throughout the creative process, SXS hosts open workshops for composers to offer insights into the use of the didgeridoo, and all new works are performed extensively as part of SXS touring programs.

 

SXS has developed a digital guide for composers writing for didgeridoo, developed in collaboration with Chris Williams, composer Sean O'Boyle and Southern Cross Soloists.

 

You can access this via this link:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuf-3IywV3oYMao17ztjDeVLoPUEVRnEQ

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Photos: Maxine Williamson

Press

PRESS

TV COVERAGE

+ NATIONAL INDIGENOUS TELEVISION (NITV)

+ ABC TV NEWS BREAKFAST

+ CHANNEL 10 NEWS

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

+ Southern Cross Soloists is creating a new canon of works for didgeridoo

Ahead of the SXS 2022 season launch, Tania Frazer and Chris Williams talk about commissioning works for didgeridoo and chamber ensemble, and teaching composers how to write for the instrument.

by Hugh Robertson on 11 February, 2022

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+ World Premiere: Leah Curtis's The Ground

 

Leah Curtis tells us about her new work The Ground in preparation for the upcoming concert 'A Moment in Time'. 

by Leah Curtis on 8 June, 2022

 

READ MORE >

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OTHER MAGAZINES

+ Q Weekend

'Ridgy didge'

Phil Brown talks to Chris Williams and Tania Frazer about the Didgeridoo Commissioning Project. 

Brown highlights the process of the writing is not being an 'afterthought', it's a core part of the composition process from the beginning. 

by Phil Brown on 4 June, 2022

+ CUTCOMMON 

You can now learn how to compose for didgeridoo!

 

Didgeridoo player Chris Williams talks about the world-first series! 

by Stephanie Eslake on 2 August, 2022

 

READ THE ARTICLE >

RADIO

+ 4MBS CLASSIC FM 103.7

 

Southern Cross Soloists Artistic Director Tania Frazer (oboe) and 2022 Artist in Residence Chris Williams (didgeridoo) discuss the SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning Project with Peter McCahon on 4MBS Classic FM 103.7.

+ ABC RADIO EVENINGS

 

Composer Sean O’Boyle interview with Kelly Higgins Devine for ABC Radio Evenings.

10 February, 2022

+ ABC RADIO NATIONAL

 

Chris Williams, didgeridoo artist in residence, Southern Cross Soloists Tania Frazer, oboist and Creative Director, Southern Cross Soloists Sean O' Boyle, composer discuss the SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning Project with On RN Breakfast with Patricia Karvelas.

22 February, 2022

LISTEN >

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MEDIA

+ Weekend Notes - Melbourne 

Southern Cross Soloists - Maps and Journeys

 

Maps and Journeys: The World's First Astronomers tours to Sunshine Coast for a school show with 276 school students. After this, the production flew down to Melbourne for a performance as well. 

Read the review from the Melbourne show below!

by Weekend Notes on 8 February, 2023

 

READ THE ARTICLE >

+ MEDIA RELEASE

Free online composer's workshop series for the Didgeridoo

 

A YouTube series in which composers can learn more about composing for the didgeridoo.

by SXS on 25 July, 2022

 

READ THE MEDIA RELEASE >

WATCH THE WORKSHOP SERIES >

+ QPAC

How to write for the didgeridoo

 

Wakka Wakka decendant, Chris Williams, talks about writing for the didgeridoo in a workshop hosted at QPAC for young composers. 

This project is part of the Education strand (Tier 2) of the DCP.  

by QPAC on 28th September, 2022

 

READ THE POST>

+ THE AUSTRALIAN

Spotlight on Leah Curtis

 

Leah Curtis has her say on the process of writing for the concert 'A Moment in Time'. 

by Bridget Cormack on 10 June, 2022

 

READ THE ARTICLE >

+ ABC Brisbane

Meet the man who has not one but two fender guitars named in his honour

 

Grammy award winning musician and guitarist John Jorgensen joins ABC Radio Brisbane's Steve Austin in studio for a chat.  

Listen to the interview! 

by ABC Brisbane on 23 October, 2023

 

LISTEN >

+ NITV Radio

NITV on the SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning Project 2022 - 2032

Listen to the interview! 

by NITV on 19th October, 2023

 

LISTEN >

+ Didgeridoo Composition Workshop 2023

Read and Watch our livestreamed workshop!

 

With an internationally renowned, star-studded line of panellists and musicians, see music workshopped live in this event!

by SXS on 19 October, 2023

READ AND WATCH>

+ Annoucement: Wakka Wakka Soprano joins SXS

Margaret Schindler Vocal Scholarship 2023

Nina Korbe

READ THE BLOG>

+ InReview

From rock to the didgeridoo

John Jorgenson’s strange musical journey

 

Arts Editor, Phil Brown, talks to guitarist John Jorgenson about his rather strange journey to composing for the SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning Project. 

by Phil Brown on 19 October, 2023

 

READ>

SXS TALKS:
CHRIS WILLIAMS AND
SEAN O'BOYLE

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SXS sits down with composer Sean O’Boyle and Artist In Residence Chris Williams to discuss the Concerto for Didgeridoo by Sean O’Boyle/William Barton.

 

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW ON THE SXS BLOG >

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