Christine McCombe – Australian Chamber Choir Composer in Residence: 2013

photograph by Chris Osborne

photo: Chris Osborne

Christine McCombe studied composition at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts, before moving to the UK in 1997 to study with James MacMillan at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She was awarded a research scholarship to complete a PhD in composition at the University of Edinburgh.CHRISTINE MCCOMBE (born 1967)

Australian Chamber Choir: Composer in Residence, 2013

Composition prizes and awards include the The Dorian Le Galienne Composition Award, The Lyrebird Music Society A.N.A. Prize for Composition and a Bundanon Artists Trust Residency.  Christine’s work covers a range of styles from chamber music to electroacoustic composition and video. Christine’s compositions have been performed by leading ensembles and soloists, including the Choir of Ormond College, the Australian Chamber Choir, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Queensland Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and soloists from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Recent commissions include new works for the Artisan Trio (Edinburgh) and the Australian Chamber Choir (Melbourne) to be premiered in 2013.  Her piano trio Anregung , a commission from Musica Viva Australia, was premiered by the Vienna Piano Trio during their Australian tour in 2000 and was later performed by the trio at the Vienna Musikverein.  Night Alchemy , commissioned and premiered by The Australia Ensemble, was selected for Australian representation at the 2002 International Composers Rostrum in Paris, resulting in a number of European broadcasts of the work.

Other commissions include works for the Dunedin Consort (Edinburgh), The University of Strathclyde Chorus (Glasgow), the Koorie Heritage Trust (Melbourne) and The Australian Chamber Choir (Melbourne). Cross media works include video performance work for Topology Ensemble, The Fastness of Forgetting (2004) and an installation collaboration, The Space between Memory and Skin (2005). Several of her compositions have been recorded and released on CD by leading performers, including Michael Kieran Harvey (Australian Piano Miniatures), Ian Holtham (Giants in the Land), Helen Noonan and Peter Constant (A Classic Case of Love) and the Dunedin Consort, UK (The People’s Mass).

Christine McCombe sang under Douglas Lawrence in the Choir of Ormond College in 1987.  One of her earliest commissions was a work entitled Insomnia, commissioned by Douglas Lawrence for the Choir of Ormond College in 1988.

Christine lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.

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