COMPOSERS

Wendy Hiscocks

WENDY HISCOCKS

Composer-pianist Wendy Hiscocks was born in Wollongong and studied composition with the celebrated Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe at the University of Sydney. In 1988 she moved to London and has received commissions, premières and broadcasts from distinguished soloists, ensembles, choirs and festivals from around the world.

These have included Piers Lane and Roy Howat (piano), Rachel Nicholls and Elizabeth Connell (soprano), Madeleine Mitchell & Philippa Mo (violin), Michael Collins (clarinet), Sydney Chamber Choir, Jesus College Choir (Cambridge), Schubert Ensemble (London), King’s Lynn and Aldeburgh Festivals (UK), Spitalfields Festival (London), Bangor New Music Festival (Wales), Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Amadeus Festival (Geneva), Radio Suisse Romande, Radio France, ABC Radio and TV, BBC Radio 3 and the British Film Institute.

She has completed a doctorate on the music of Arthur Benjamin, a subject which is now the focus of a biography she is writing and on whom she has lectured and presented an ABC radio documentary.

As a pianist, Wendy has recorded Chabrier’s duo and duet repertoire for Edition Stil with Roy Howat and has performed at venues ranging from London’s Purcell Room to the Kusatsu International Summer Academy and Festival in Japan.

Her skills as composer-pianist are in demand for silent film accompaniment with appearances at the BFI South Bank, the Barbican, UK Festivals and Welsh National Opera, and she is currently Artistic Director of Celebrating Australian Music (CAM) and Chairman of the British Music Society.

Extract of bio provided by Australian Music Centre, read the full biography here.

Performances by CAM:

25th May 2017

‘Lanterns on Lake Illawarra’, ‘Dry White Fire’

24th November 2017

‘Nocturne’, ‘Dry White Fire’

21st May 2018

‘Caprice’, ‘Tarantella’

19th August 2018

‘Caprice’ (solo violin), ‘Caprice from Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ (solo piano), ‘Tarantella’

26th August 2018

‘Caprice from Piper at the Gates of Dawn’

2nd September 2018

‘Caprice’ (solo violin), ‘Caprice from Piper on the Shore’ (solo piano)

10th October 2018

‘Songline’

10th May 2019

‘Songline’

25th October 2019

‘Champa Flower’, ‘The End’ (from ‘Mother & Child) sung by Samantha Crawford, ‘Bush Christmas’ and ’29th Bather’ sung by Victoria Hodgkinson

26 November 2021: South Wales meets New South Wales

‘Si-hwi-hwi’ and ‘Robin Ddiog’ (world premieres)

3 April 2022

‘Caprice’ (solo violin)

11 June 2022

‘Songline’

7 October 2022

‘Songline’