Artists

William Barton

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Didgeridoo/Voice/Guitar

William Barton is widely recognized as one of Australia’s finest traditional didgeridoo players and a leading didgeridoo player in the classical world after growing up surrounded by many forms of Indigenous and contemporary music. He is also a teacher, and composer for the instrument committed to enhancing the instrument’s profile to a wider classical audience and other music genres. Born in Mt. Isa in North Western Queensland, William was taught the instrument at an early age by his uncle, an Elder of the Wannyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga tribes of Western Queensland. William has appeared at music festivals around the world and with symphony orchestras and has also recorded a number of orchestral works. William is Australia’s first didgeridoo artist in residence with the Queensland Orchestra a positioned that was sponsored by the Queensland Teachers Union Health for 2003. In 2005 you can see William perform with the Queensland Orchestra and also hear one of William’s own pieces for orchestra and didgeridoo be premiered at the In – Studio Series at ABC Ferry Road Studios Brisbane. Most recent Highlights for 2005 include performing at the 90th Anniversary Gallipoli at Anzac Cove, Turkey and debut concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival in London and Metropolitan Finalist for the Suncorp Young Queenslander of the Year Award He Featured in Peter Sculthorpe’s Requiem, a major work for orchestra, chorus and didgeridoo, which premiered the 2004 Adelaide Festival with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Voices conducted by Richard Mills and was recently premiered in the UK at the Lichfield Festival with The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham’s acclaimed choir Ex Cathedra, conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore. Other concerts of the Requiem have been performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic and Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.  In May 2004 ABC Classics released “Songs Of Sea and Sky” an Album of works by Peter Sculthorpe revised for didgeridoo and orchestra. Performed by William Barton and the Queensland Orchestra conducted by Michael Christie This album was nominated for “Best Classical Album” at the 2004 ARIA Awards In 2003 William collaborated with Sean O’Boyle to write the Concerto for Didgeridoo.  This work has subsequently recorded with The Queensland Orchestra for release on ABC Classics in 2005.  The Concerto has also been scored for string quartet & symphonic wind band. The Concerto is a true collaboration between William & Sean and represents an inspired meeting of the ancient traditions of the Didgeridoo with that of western art music. The Didgeridoo Concerto has already been performed overseas including America and most recently, a tour to Taiwan with the Brisbane Symphonic Band with O’Boyle conducting Other artist and orchestras/chamber groups William has worked with include: The Phoenix Symphony Orchestra 2004, Australian Chamber Orchestra 2003, Tommy Emmanuel 2000, James Judd and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 2003, The Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra 2000, Maestro Werner Andreas Albert and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra – 1998, William Duckworth and The Cathedral Band New York-Australia 2002/03, Pauline Oliveros – Deep Listening Retreat USA 2003, Stuart Dempster Seattle 2003, Liam O’Maonlai– Hothouse Flowers Melbourne Australia 1998, Shane Howard and the Goanna Band Australia 1998 and with his Mother, Delmae Barton. Awards won include the 2004 Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship for Young and Emerging Artists’ and in 2003 was Co-Winner of the Music Council of Australia/Freedman Foundation Fellowship for Classical Music in 2003 and a scholarship recipient to the Fabrica – Credo project based in Italy In 2005/2006 William will be collaboratively working with orchestras, choral Directors and composers in Australia, America and Europe developing new commissions for the didgeridoo and creating a strong and positive sustainable future for the instrument and Australia’s Cultural Heritage. www.williambarton.com.au 

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