Matthew Hindson composer portrait

Matthew Hindson’s Maralinga for violin and string orchestra will receive its European premiere at the centre of our Maralinga Lament programme at the Union Chapel next week with violinist Lara St. John.

Australian composer Matthew Hindson is among the most frequently performed and commissioned composers of our generation. His works have been programmed by ensembles and orchestras throughout Australia and internationally, including the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. He has been the featured composer at both national and international festivals, among them the 2003 Vale of Glamorgan Festival where 14 of his compositions were performed including a full concert of works for string orchestra in the hangar at Cardiff Airport.

Hindson’s music is often influenced by popular styles within a classical music context, with his 1993 orchestral work Homage to Metallica considered one of his first major successes. His music has been used extensively for dance by companies including Birmingham Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Japan, Ballett Schindowski, Sydney Dance Company and Ballet Boyz at The Roundhouse, London.

In the next week alone Hindson’s music will be performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome and Sadler’s Wells, Ensemble Offspring at Brugge Concertgebouw and the University of Glasgow, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia at Eugene Goosens Hall, Attacca Quartet at the Melbourne Festival, Darwin Symphony Orchestra in its landmark performance at Uluru, and by the Southern Cross Soloists at QPAC Concert Hall Brisbane, in addition to Ruthless Jabiru’s performance at the Union Chapel in London.

Matthew Hindson is Chair of the Composition and Music Technology Unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He was the founder of the award-winning Aurora Festival, a festival of contemporary music based in Western Sydney. In 2006 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to music composition and music education, and from 2009-2012, was the Chair of the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Ruthless Jabiru and Lara St. John perform Maralinga Lament at the Union Chapel, London at 19:30 on Monday 14 October. Tickets are £16 advance from the Union Chapel online store or £18 at the door.

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