Adelaide International Festival 2015
February 27, 2015

Adelaide Festival

From the end of February until March 5th I was guest composer at the Adelaide Festival where I had a very dense schedule and did 6 performances in 12 days. This comprised 3 performances of my opera Marilyn Forever, with Aventa from Canada and with a new cast; two full evenings of various combinations of my ensemble, sometimes with Australian guest performers; and a full concert where I conducted the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

It was a massive piece of logistics, which was overseen with consummate skill, good humour and affection by Jude Gun who had the misfortune to be assigned to my projects…

This was the programme:

Marilyn Forever, chamber opera February 27, 28, March 1 

Anne Grimm, soprano; Richard Morris, baritone

On stage jazz trio: Julien Wilson, Tenor saxophone; Robert Holliston, piano; Gavin Bryars, double bass

Aventa Ensemble (Canada), , conducted by Bill Linwood

GB Ensemble Programme 1 March 3

Lauda Dolçe I (2008) solo cello, electric guitar, double bass

Lauda 4 “Oi me lasso” (2002) soprano and tenor

Lauda 13 “Stomme Allegro” (2003) soprano, tenor, ensemble

Lauda 19 “Omne Homo” (2003) soprano, tenor, electric guitar, bass

The Flower of Friendship (2009) electric guitar, viola, cello, double bass

From The Morrison Songbook (2012) soprano, tenor, ensemble

– Interval –

Lauda con sordino (2009) solo viola, electric guitar, piano

Lauda 42 “Salutiam devotamente” (2012) soprano, tenor, ensemble

From the Irish Madrigals (2004) soprano, tenor, 2 violas, cello, bass, acoustic guitar

(Eight 1, Eight 2, Eight 3, Nine 3 (cello part instead of bass clarinet), Eight 4, Eight 5,

Eight 7, Nine 8 (low tenor solo), Eight 8)

Lauda 28 “Amor dolce senza pare” (2006) soprano, electric guitar, tenor, viola, cello, bass

Peyee Chen, Soprano; John Potter, Tenor; Morgan Goff viola; Imants Larsens, viola; James Woodrow, electric and acoustic guitars Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass, piano

GB Ensemble Programme 2 March 4

Part 1 With The Song Company

3 songs from Second Book of Madrigals (2002) c.9′

(The Song Company)

It Never Rains (2010) – electric guitar, viola, cello, bass 6′

Lauda 38 (2009) – SATB, electric guitar, viola, cello, bass 6′

The Song Company +GB Ensemble))

From Sixth Book of Madrigals (new works) 2014-15 c.16′

(The Song Company)

– first interval –

Part 2 Nothing like the Sun (2007) c.52′

Eight Shakespeare sonnet settings (sonnets 60, 123, 128, 94,102, 146, 55, 64)

Peyee Chen, Soprano; John Potter, Tenor; Morgan Goff viola; James Woodrow, electric and acoustic guitars Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass; Speaking voice, Gavin Friday +Australians: Anna Coleman, Clarinet/ bass clarinet; Rebecca Lagos, Percussion (includes cimbalom); Imants Larsens, viola; Roland Peelman, Piano

– second interval –

Part 3 Mercy and Grand (Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan arr. Gavin Bryars)

A Little Drop of Poison


Whistle Down the Wind

A Little Rain

You’re Innocent When You Dream


Georgia Lee

Train Song

Barbara Allan

The Briar and the Rose


(+ Johnsburg, Illinois)

Jess Walker, voice; Gavin Bryars, Bass/harmonium; James Woodrow, Electric guitar; Morgan Goff, violin, Nick Cooper, cello + Australian players:  Rebecca Lagos, percussion; Roland Peelman, Piano/harmonium; Julien Wilson, Tenor sax/bass clarinet; James Crabb, accordion

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra March 5

Soloists: Anna Fraser, soprano; Alexander Knight, baritone

Conductor: Gavin Bryars

Howard Skempton: Lento (1991) – full orchestra

Bryars: The Porazzi Fragment for 21 solo strings (1999)

Arvo Pärt: If Bach had been a beekeeper  – orchestra

Bryars: Ennelina’s aria from G – Anna Fraser, soprano

Bryars: Epilogue from G  – Alex Knight, bass

– interval –

Bryars: Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet  – full orchestra

GB and Jess Walker 

GB and Robert Hollingsworth (onstage pianist in Marilyn Forever)

Singers Peyee Chen and Jess Walker; cellist Nick Cooper and guitarist James Woodrow outside the Elder hall, Adelaide

Gavin Bryars