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Flinders Quartet Inaugural Composer Workshop

Flinders Quartet

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The eight composers invited to participate in Flinders Quartet’s (FQ) inaugural composer workshop and performance are:
Holly Broadbent, Western Australia
Naomi Brown, Victoria
Vaughan McAlley, Victoria
Peter McNamara, NSW
Christopher Milroy, NSW
Daniel Riley, Victoria
John Rotar, Queensland
Brock Stannard-Brown, Western Australia

Close to thirty submissions were received by the quartet, and the eight selected will be workshopped by the members of the quartet and composition mentor, Mary Finsterer (current Chamber Music Australia Chair of Composition at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University), resulting in a professionally recorded and live streamed performance this December. The workshops and performance will take place in Melbourne and will be free and open to the public, allowing aspiring composers as well as the general public to witness the creative process of other composers as well as demonstrating their own compositional development.

December 6, 8, 10 and 13; 10am-4pm daily (including a lunch break)
Performance Space, Library at The Dock, Docklands
December 14, 6pm
Performance Space, Library at The Dock, Docklands
(this is a free event but tickets are limited and bookings are essential)

A Pozible campaign has been launched to help fund the project and ensure it can become an annual event. With the help of Mary Finsterer, the quartet hope it will unearth some works worthy of further performance. Pledges to the Pozible campaign can be made here:

Cellist Zoe Knighton says, “Playing new music for the first time is always a thrill. A little like trying a new food, there is is always an unknown factor and that sense of discovery is incredibly exciting. What I’m really looking forward to is sharing that thrill with an audience. It’s a project we have been passionate about creating for a long time now.”

FQ is deeply committed to furthering the Australian tradition of chamber music. The quartet regularly commissions and premieres works by Australian composers, and considers the development and presentation of new works an essential part of its activity. FQ believes that in order to best serve the composers and to truly develop their compositional skills and personal voice, having a live, professional string quartet at their disposal is an invaluable tool.

Further information about the composer workshop and performance project is available at

Pozible campaign:


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