Ann’s Biography – Book Published by Wirrapang

Fandango (Book) – Ann Carr-Boyd – Australian Composers

Ann is a meticulous diarist and a writer of comprehensive lists. Rigorous discipline, then, as well as aptitude, hard work, application, as well as being gifted with talent makes this book compelling reading.

Being blessed with, and in possession of, a creative and independent spirit, Ann would have found it difficult not to ‘work’, paid or otherwise. After all, she has composed over 280 pieces of music, and painted over 80 works of art . Her love and talent for music began at an early age – at the metaphorical knees of her gifted father and uncle. Her love for, and appreciation of, art commenced commensurately – at the knee of her mother, a clever artist.’ Kerry Anderson

“… a particular strength of Kerry’s biography lies in its generous inclusion of anecdotes and commentary from Ann’s colleagues, family members, and friends. This approach guarantees a warmth and liveliness that springs off the page, revealing Ann not simply as an outstanding musical figure but also as a person who relishes interaction, liking few things better than catching up with friends or making new acquaintances.”  Adrian Wintle

Scattered throughout the book are QR codes of tracks from Ann’s CDs which, when using a smart phone, can be listened to and enjoyed.

‘ Ann’s music at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie Street, Sydney.Friday March 24, 2023 ‘

‘ Ann’s music at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Friday March 24, 2023 ‘

Updated program

Diane Berger (flute) & Sumiko Yamamura (pianoforte)

Mark Quarmby (organ)

[replacing Adelaide Channon (trumpet) at short notice]

American Dream for flute and piano – Ann Carr-Boyd (b.1938)

O Mensch bewein’ dein’ Sünde groß BWV 622 (organ) – J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)

Elegy (organ) – Paul Fey (b.1998)

Summer Bird for solo flute – Alan Holley (b.1954)

Duo for flute and piano – Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

I. Flowing
II. Poetic, somewhat mournful
III. Lively, with bounce

March 15 2021 : Portrait of John Martin launch

John Martin 2021

Comments re portrait of John Martin launch at 55 Merrigang Street, 15th March 2021:

From Alyson Broadfoot :
Had a sleep in today. And woke to photos.  All very festive. But the best is your likeness of John. Would love to have seen the texture of the real thing. I think you have beautifully and cleverly captured his active personality and energy. Well done!!! A portrait is such a brave medium. Into the Archibald??
X Alyson

From Amanda Pile :
Hi Ann, I just wanted to thank you and Peter for last night – it was indeed an occasion to celebrate !  I think the painting is wonderful  –  you have captured John’s unique humour, quirkiness, creativity and intelligence.  Again so much generosity on your behalf, so thank you.

From Adrian Wintle ( Wagga ) :
Oh wow! Don’t know how you do it! I mean, capturing John’s quirkish sense of humour. Makes this portrait so much more than a mere likeness – it’s a piece of living tissue. May I add, both you and John look very relaxed and happy. Great stuff!

February 28 2021 : “The Composer Is In The Room”


New Elena Kats-Chernin Commission Opens Steel City Strings 2021 Season.

We’re delighted to announce our anticipated return to stages across the region in 2021 with ‘The Composer is in the Room’ – originally scheduled for 2020.

The program will feature the World Premiere of ‘Cinque Forme d’Amore’ (‘Five Kinds of Love’) by Elena Kats-Chernin, voted the most popular Australian composer in 2019’s ABC Classic’s Favourite Composer countdown. This piece was commissioned by local philanthropist Sue Kirby in memory of her late husband, Judge Jack Goldring.

Also featuring ‘Nothing is Forever’ by Matthew Hindson, Ann Carr-Boyd’s lively ‘Fandango’, Moya Henderson’s spiritual Aboriginal themes in ‘The Dreaming: Utterly Sacred: In Honour of 40,000 Years’; Andrew Ford’s evocative, sparkling ‘Bright Shiners’, and ‘Blue Poles’ (from The Manhattan Epiphanies); and the sublime and deeply moving ‘Elegy in Memoriam Rupert Brooke’ by Frederick Septimus Kelly.




The above images were taken at the concert at Chevalier Performing Arts Centre, Burradoo, on Sunday February 28th 2021. Photos taken by Alyson Broadfoot at the concert “The Composer is in the Room”
Performance by the Steel City Strings
Conductor, Shilong Ye
Leader and Artistic Director, Kyle Little

February 2 2021 : St Jude’s Recital

Alyson Broadfoot (Cello) and Ann Carr-Boyd (Piano)

Program:
Introductory work
Prelude from Suite No 2 in D minor for unaccompanied cello . . . J.S.Bach

Lullaby . . . Ann Carr-Boyd
Largo – Sonata No 5 . . . Antonio Vivaldi
Largo ( doloroso ) . . . Antonio Vivaldi
Pavane . . . Gabriel Fauré
Dreaming . . . Ann Carr-Boyd
Spiegel im Spiegel . . . Arvo Pärt

Alyson Broadfoot lives on a beautiful 50 acre property in Robertson –
‘ Wallangunda ‘ – named after the creek which runs in to Belmore Falls.
Alyson’s special love is playing chamber music and she is enjoying her collaboration with Ann.

Ann Carr-Boyd is a composer living in Bowral. In recent years she has renewed her early interest in painting and attends classes at the BDAS.
She is a strong supporter of music in the Southern Highlands and is a patron of the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra and sponsor of the bi-annual composing competition held in association with the orchestra.

April 5 2020 : The Composer is in the Room (Bowral)

Having won the 2019 APRA National Award for Excellence in a Regional Area, in 2020 Steel City Strings will continue to enrich our regional communities with the transformative power of live music.

The Composer is in the Room

Sun 29 March 2pm, Nowra School of Arts – Book Now
Sat 4 April 7.30pm, Wollongong Town Hall – ​Book Now
Sun 5 April 2pm, Bowral Memorial Hall – Book Now

Features the world premiere of a new work by Elena Kats-Chernin who was voted number one favourite Australian composer in the recent ABC Favourite Composers countdown.

It is a great honour for our region to premiere this work, which was commissioned by a local philanthropist specifically to be presented in our region by Steel City Strings.

Other Australian works, by Ann Carr-Boyd, Andrew Ford, Moya Henderson, Matthew Hindson and Frederick Septimus Kelly, have also been chosen for their audience appeal.

Download the Steel City Strings 2020 Season Program and Subscription Information

April 4 2020 : The Composer is in the Room (Wollongong)

Having won the 2019 APRA National Award for Excellence in a Regional Area, in 2020 Steel City Strings will continue to enrich our regional communities with the transformative power of live music.

The Composer is in the Room

Sun 29 March 2pm, Nowra School of Arts – Book Now
Sat 4 April 7.30pm, Wollongong Town Hall – ​Book Now
Sun 5 April 2pm, Bowral Memorial Hall – Book Now

Features the world premiere of a new work by Elena Kats-Chernin who was voted number one favourite Australian composer in the recent ABC Favourite Composers countdown.

It is a great honour for our region to premiere this work, which was commissioned by a local philanthropist specifically to be presented in our region by Steel City Strings.

Other Australian works, by Ann Carr-Boyd, Andrew Ford, Moya Henderson, Matthew Hindson and Frederick Septimus Kelly, have also been chosen for their audience appeal.

Download the Steel City Strings 2020 Season Program and Subscription Information

March 29 2020 : The Composer is in the Room (Nowra)

Having won the 2019 APRA National Award for Excellence in a Regional Area, in 2020 Steel City Strings will continue to enrich our regional communities with the transformative power of live music.

The Composer is in the Room

Sun 29 March 2pm, Nowra School of Arts – Book Now
Sat 4 April 7.30pm, Wollongong Town Hall – ​Book Now
Sun 5 April 2pm, Bowral Memorial Hall – Book Now

Features the world premiere of a new work by Elena Kats-Chernin who was voted number one favourite Australian composer in the recent ABC Favourite Composers countdown.

It is a great honour for our region to premiere this work, which was commissioned by a local philanthropist specifically to be presented in our region by Steel City Strings.

Other Australian works, by Ann Carr-Boyd, Andrew Ford, Moya Henderson, Matthew Hindson and Frederick Septimus Kelly, have also been chosen for their audience appeal.

Download the Steel City Strings 2020 Season Program and Subscription Information

February 23 2020 : Rose Room Concert

Rose Room Concert

“This concert featuring tenor Richard Lane and pianist/ singer John Martin, will be a highly pleasing and fulfilling mixture of musical genres.
Great hits of Mario Lanza and other favourites from the tenor repertoire will be performed by Richard with his glorious voice, while John will present a mixed bag including the odd classical and ragtime piano solos, a song or two by Noel Coward, some original items, some Australiana, and the premiere of a new work by popular local celebrity Ann Carr-Boyd.
Our audience will be made comfortable with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, with light refreshments and drinks to follow, where attendees can meet and chat with the artists.”

Publicity written by John Martin for the Rose Room concert which is on Sunday February 23rd at 2.30 pm