Guest blogger, Peta Williams, feels a song coming on…


November 1, 2012 by wandalusst

Photo by Prue Carr

I arrived in Melbourne last Friday from my home in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, and have just spent the last 4 days in full-on creative development.  Each day has been intense, exhausting and exhilarating, and so wonderful for me to hear my music come alive.  And yesterday afternoon was a creative and production team ‘excursion’ to the State Library of Victoria – the first time I have been there – what a beautiful building, and a wonderful potential setting for the first production of ‘Things That Fall Over’ that Peta Murray hopes to put on later next year.

It’s been wonderful to meet the whole TTFO team – the production team, the actors, musicians and members of the Quire – what a great bunch of people!  Everyone is so committed and hard-working.  We have been having a lot of fun ‘midst the hard work, and it is great to be part of this imaginative, creative and supportive team.

We are building up now in this first phase of the creative development for a public ‘showing’ of where we are up to with the music this coming Saturday*.  I am both excited and nervous about this!  But very much looking forward to seeing and hearing where we get to with the music by Saturday.  Working with the music director, Jo Trevathan, the Quire director, Jennifer Lund, and cellist Laura Sheridan, who is leading the instrumental team, is such a pleasure.  And to be able to be in Melbourne to work closely ‘in person’ with Peta Murray once more is a joy.  Let the music play on!

*To any local readers…. We have a small sampler of musical offerings from TTFO to share with you. The venue is the Bluestone Church, 10A Hyde St Footscray. This Saturday, 3 November 2012, at 3.30pm. No rsvp necessary. See you in church!

3 thoughts on “Guest blogger, Peta Williams, feels a song coming on…

  1. And you’ve been simply stunning to watch at your work, Peta W! What truly beautiful music!

  2. sarahardy2012 says:

    I was one of the actors and I’m delighted to say that Peta Williams was/is a joy to work with and an honour to know – albeit briefly. Her music is still in my head, in all its wonderful mix and variety. And it was such a pleasure to hear all those notes on the score come to magical life through those super-skilled singers and musicians. TTFO is epic!!!

  3. petawilliams says:

    Thank you, Catherine and Sarah, for your beautiful words. They touch my heart. I had such a wonderful time working with you all, and hearing my music come to life. It was a real privilege to be with you last week. Thank you. Peta W.

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TTFO, Things That Fall Over, concerning the creative development of an (anti-) musical of a novel inside a reading of a play, with footnotes, and oratorio-as-coda.

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