A Liverpudlian by birth, composer, writer and broadcaster Andrew Ford (born 1957) has been based in Australia since 1983. His works include the music theatre piece Night and Dreams: the Death of Sigmund Freud, the opera Rembrandt’s Wife (which won the 2009 Green Room Award for ‘Best New Australian Opera’) and the song cycle Learning to Howl. He was composer-in-residence with the Australian Chamber Orchestra 1992-94 and, more recently, with the Australian National Academy of Music. He has received commissions from the Sydney Symphony, Sydney International Piano Competition and Victorian Opera. Additionally, his music has been performed by the New Juilliard Ensemble, Brodsky Quartet and London Sinfonietta. In 2010 and 2011 he was a tutor at the Symphony Australia/TSO Composers’ School. In 2012 the TSO and TSO Chorus gave the world première of his work Blitz. His books include Illegal HarmoniesIn Defence of Classical Music and The Sound of Pictures. Every week he reaches a wide audience through The Music Show, his Saturday morning program on ABC Radio National.

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