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WA scoops the Art Music Awards

8 September 2020

Congratulations to these five West Australians who claimed six of the awards.

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Western Australian musicians and composers took out six awards at the APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards, announced in an online awards ceremony on Tuesday night.

Percussionist Louise Devenish (currently based in Melbourne) won the notated performance of the year award for her program “Sheets of Sound” (Seesaw witnessed this performance, read about it here). Devenish was also awarded the inaugural luminary award for WA for her ongoing advocacy, commissioning and performance of new percussion music.

Tura New Music’s outstanding work in regional Australia was recognised yet again; their work in regional areas was first recognised by an Art Music Award in 2006 and they have won eight more Awards since. This time the project was in collaboration with educator Gillian Howell as part of the Fitzroy Valley New Music Project.

James Ledger won large ensemble work of the year for his Viola Concerto, premiered by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Brett Dean.

Cat Hope (now based in Melbourne) was jointly awarded dramatic work of the year for her opera Speechless, alongside Elliott Gyger and Pierce Willcox’s Oscar and Lucinda. (Read Seesaw’s review of the Speechless premiere.)

WA Academy of Performing Arts graduate Linda May Han Oh (currently based in New York) won jazz work of the year for her album “Adventurine”.

A special mention also to Victorian composer and sound artist Dr Ros Bandt, who was recognised with the Richard Gill Award for distinguished services to Australian music.

The full list of awards are on the APRA/AMCOS website.

Pictured top: Louise Devenish performs ‘Permeating Through the Pores of Shifting Planes’ by Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, from the ‘Sheets of Sound’ program. Photo Nik Babic

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Rosalind Appleby

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Rosalind Appleby

Rosalind Appleby is an arts journalist, author and speaker. She is co-editor of Seesaw Magazine, author of Women of Note, and has written for The West Australian, The Guardian, The Australian, Limelight magazine and Opera magazine. She loves the percussion instruments which can be found in the uber cool parks.

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