Australian Composers 2023

In curating each Festival, Artistic Director Myee Clohessy delights in programming excellent Australian works and our audiences treasure the opportunity to hear these talented composers discuss their craft and inspiration.


Pieces by Matthew Hindson, Iain Grandage, Nick Wales, Peggy Glanville Hicks, Robert Davidson, Nigel Westlake, and Maria Grenfell have been featured at past festivals, and it has been a privilege to have had visiting composers such as Elena Kats-Chernin, Lyle Chan, Gordon Kerry, Andrew Ford, John Peterson, Sally Whitwell, Nicholas Vines, Sally Greenaway and Ann-Carr Boyd all attended BAMF and shared their musical stories with us.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of donors, the Bowral Autumn Music Festival has been thrilled to be able to commission and host the World Premiere performances of new works, thus providing wonderful opportunities for talented emerging Australian composers such as Sarah-Elise Thompson, Alice Chance, and Ella Macens.

For BAMF 2023 we extend a warm welcome to all the Australian composers listed below and look forward with great excitement to hearing their programmed works.

Elena Kats-Chernin

Alice at BAMF 2019 Image © Peter Hislop

Alice Chance

Two-time finalist in the APRA Art Music Awards for Vocal/Choral Work of the Year, Alice Chance (1994) is a sought-after composer, conductor, arranger, and lyricist. Her works are performed in concert halls (Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Centre, City Recital Hall, Angel Place), and cathedrals (St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney, Stanford Memorial Church California, Trinity Church Wall St New York City). But her music is equally at home in auditoriums, paddocks, and showers all around Australia.


Alice has created music for groups including the Australia String Quartet, Ensemble Offspring, Gondwana Choirs, The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Australia Piano Quartet, The Enigma Quartet, The Acacia Quartet, Ella Hooper, Sydney Childrens’ Choir, Moorambilla Voices, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship, the Kodaly Association, Adelaide Chamber Singers, The Song Company, Musica Viva, Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Luminescence Chamber Singers, and Sydney Youth Orchestras.

In 2021, Alice is creating music for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as part of the 50 Fanfares commissioning project. She is also composer in residence for the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, for whom she is creating various works throughout the year including a clarinet concerto for the award-winning clarinettist Oliver Shermacher. Additionally, Alice is working with the choruses of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra (Missouri, USA) to create a multimedia work sponsored by The Pulitzer Foundation. Alice has been commissioned to write a piece for recorder player Alicia Crossley’s CD Bass Instincts, a trumpet and euphonium duet for James Blackford and Matthew Collins, and a multimedia work for Sydney Youth Orchestras.


In 2020, Alice completed a digital residency with CAMP France in which she received composition mentoring from Gavin Bryars. Alice received one of the Australian Music Centre’s Peggy Glanville Hicks Commissions to develop her audio-visual work Until We Gather Again with Leichhardt Espresso Chorus in lockdown. Alice was also the composer for Belvoir’s A Room of One’s Own (Dir. Carissa Licciardello, September 2020, May 2021).


In 2019, Alice was a member of Australia’s national jury for Eurovision. She also presented her award-nominated work Audience Choir at the Sydney Festival with Ensemble Offspring. She was also commissioned by the Art Gallery of NSW in partnership with the Lady and the Unicorn exhibition to create a piece for early instruments and voice. Other works of Alice’s also received premieres by Evergreen Ensemble, The Acacia Quartet, and Moorambilla Voices in this year. Additionally, Alice was the Vocal Arranger and original Music Director of FANGIRLS (Queensland Theatre, Belvoir 2019; National Tour 2021) and has music-directed its various showcases (Women of the World Festival, London; Adelaide Cabaret Festival).


Alice graduated with First Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied with Dr Paul Stanhope, Dr Anne Boyd, and Dr Daniel Yeadon.  In addition to composing, Alice is a choral singer and Viola da Gamba player, having performed with Gondwana Choirs, Josie and the Emeralds, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Early Music Ensemble. Alice is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Cross-Cultural and Applied Linguistics at the University of Sydney. 

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Jess Green