Beanstalk_Seesaw-Magazine_90hx970wmm.jpg
Features/Music

WA scoops the Art Music Awards

8 September 2020

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

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

Like what you’re reading? Buy us a coffee.

Rosalind Appleby

Author —
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.

Past Articles

  • All the tricks in the book

    It’s high-energy family fun, even if it doesn’t quite come up to superlatives, Rosalind Appleby says of Best Show Ever.

  • Lust, cask wine and Puccini-on-Swan

    Brendan Hanson’s reworking of Puccini in The Cloak and Dagger could be a runaway Fringe hit, according to Rosalind Appleby.

Read Next

  • Jazz sideman steps out front
    Features

    Jazz sideman steps out front

    5 January 2021

    A debut album by guitarist Dan Garner announces the arrival of a new jazz front man on the Perth scene. Ara Jansen reports.

    Reading time • 6 minutesMusic
  • Summer 2021 gig guide for kids
    Features

    Summer 2021 gig guide for kids

    16 December 2020

    School’s out, theatres are open and it is time for summer fun! Read on for Seesaw’s curated list of family-friendly Christmas and festival shows.

    Reading time • 7 minutesMulti-arts
  • A girl in black stands to surrounded by percussion instruments Graduates hope for arts future
    Features

    Graduates hope for arts future

    15 December 2020

    Who’d want to be embarking on a career in the performing arts right now?! Patrick Gunasekera takes a look at the challenges facing arts graduates and discovers hope for the future.

    Reading time • 9 minutesMulti-arts

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio