Boom! International Festival of Percussion presents

Composer/Performer Interface

Dialogue & Demo

6 Oct 2022

The nexus between composer and performer is an all-important one – performers need music through which they can express themselves, and composers need performers to bring their music to life!

In this session, composer, Peggy Polias, and leading percussionist, Claire Edwardes, open a window on the process of composition and collaboration.

If you have access needs, please call the Box Office on 02 9061 5344 to book tickets.

From the set of Play School to the mainstage at the Sydney Opera House, Claire Edwardes is ‘the sorceress of percussion’ (City News, Canberra).

The only Australian to win the 'APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual' three times, Claire leaps between her role as Artistic Director of Ensemble Offspring and concerto performances with all of the Australian and New Zealand orchestras, plus numerous European orchestras.

Add her genre-spanning solo concerts, teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium, a broad spectrum of collaborations, premiering hundreds of new works by composers including Harrison Birtwistle and Elena Kats-Chernin, to passionately advocating for gender equity in music, and you begin to appreciate her astonishing energy.

Perhaps her most significant contribution, beyond her endless quest for excellence in performance, is in breaking down the barriers between art music and audiences, through her enthusiasm for bringing new music to unexpected places - including bowling clubs and old power stations.

Peggy Polias is a composer, music engraver, curator, and arts professional residing and working on Darug and Eora land in Sydney.

She is currently undertaking a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her creative research, under the supervision of Professor Liza Lim, focuses on themes of safety, secrecy, and journaling in sound and the creative process.

Peggy was part of the Composing Women program in 2018-19. Recent works include Receptor (2020) for solo marimba, composed especially for Claire Edwardes, and Lacuna (2021) for soprano, oboe, cello, and piano, for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra chamber players.

Peggy is an Associate Represented Artist with the Australian Music Centre.

Presenting Artists Claire Edwardes and Peggy Polias

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

Everest Theatre

Thu 6 Oct 11am

90 minutes (no interval). 

All Tickets $20

$6 transaction fee applies.

If you are booking with a Parents NSW voucher, please note multiple vouchers can be used per transaction, up to a total transaction amount of $250. Vouchers can only be redeemed when booking online. Read more.

Composer/Performer Interface is available to purchase as part of a Boom! Festival Pass. Buy a Festival Pass to access all seven days of Boom! events at Seymour Centre and Sydney Town Hall, excluding participant access to workshops, for a total price of just $350 (adult price), $300 (concession price), or $250 (full-time student price).

Recommended for ages 16+. Contains dynamic music. Flash photography prohibited. 

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Program details for this event are subject to change. If any changes are made, this page will be updated accordingly. Please check back for the latest information before your event.

From the set of Play School to the mainstage at the Sydney Opera House, Claire Edwardes is ‘the sorceress of percussion’ (City News, Canberra).

The only Australian to win the 'APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual' three times, Claire leaps between her role as Artistic Director of Ensemble Offspring and concerto performances with all of the Australian and New Zealand orchestras, plus numerous European orchestras.

Add her genre-spanning solo concerts, teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium, a broad spectrum of collaborations, premiering hundreds of new works by composers including Harrison Birtwistle and Elena Kats-Chernin, to passionately advocating for gender equity in music, and you begin to appreciate her astonishing energy.

Perhaps her most significant contribution, beyond her endless quest for excellence in performance, is in breaking down the barriers between art music and audiences, through her enthusiasm for bringing new music to unexpected places - including bowling clubs and old power stations.

Peggy Polias is a composer, music engraver, curator, and arts professional residing and working on Darug and Eora land in Sydney.

She is currently undertaking a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her creative research, under the supervision of Professor Liza Lim, focuses on themes of safety, secrecy, and journaling in sound and the creative process.

Peggy was part of the Composing Women program in 2018-19. Recent works include Receptor (2020) for solo marimba, composed especially for Claire Edwardes, and Lacuna (2021) for soprano, oboe, cello, and piano, for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra chamber players.

Peggy is an Associate Represented Artist with the Australian Music Centre.

Everest Theatre

Thu 6 Oct 11am

90 minutes (no interval). 

All Tickets $20

$6 transaction fee applies.

If you are booking with a Parents NSW voucher, please note multiple vouchers can be used per transaction, up to a total transaction amount of $250. Vouchers can only be redeemed when booking online. Read more.

Composer/Performer Interface is available to purchase as part of a Boom! Festival Pass. Buy a Festival Pass to access all seven days of Boom! events at Seymour Centre and Sydney Town Hall, excluding participant access to workshops, for a total price of just $350 (adult price), $300 (concession price), or $250 (full-time student price).

Recommended for ages 16+. Contains dynamic music. Flash photography prohibited. 

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Presenting Artists Claire Edwardes and Peggy Polias

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

Program details for this event are subject to change. If any changes are made, this page will be updated accordingly. Please check back for the latest information before your event.

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