It was my great privilege last week to conduct the premiere of a new work that I wrote with dear friend and playwright Kate Mulvany titled Towards First Light. The combined forces of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium Chorale with soloists Taryn Fiebig and Jud Arthur were exceptional in their commitment to the work, and it was a thrill to help them pay homage to War Veterans past and present.
You can listen to it for another three weeks or so by following the links on this page here
And here are some reviews
“Grandage shows us intimacy, vulnerability, inspiration, comfort and desolation in this exceptional piece… …Towards First Light is a majestic and noble memorial in the grand tradition of great orchestral choral music, and a glorious and fitting of work of Remembrance.” Gordon Forester, Limelight Magazine 24th April 2015
Full Review here:
“Another attempt at myth-building around the Anzac legend may be cause for scepticism, but Iain Grandage’s Towards First Light is a powerful work, noble in spirit, that in its direct honesty sweeps aside any such concern.”
“… this was a memorable world premiere of a major new Australian work. Grandage conducted a polished Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with tremendous flair and energy.” Graham Strahle, The Australian 24th April 2015
Full Review here: [behind paywall]