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The WASO Song Book

WASO's Commissioning Program

Inspired by former Principal Conductor Paul Daniel and founded by WASO Chair Janet Holmes à Court AC, The WASO Song Book is an opportunity for you to become part of WASO’s history.

A matter very close to the heart of everyone at WASO is the commissioning of new works. Each year our aim is to perform new works for our audiences, providing opportunities to nurture musical careers and create new music that may become the classics of tomorrow.

These works form The WASO Song Book – new works commissioned for WASO, by WASO. It is a truly unique project and we are inviting you to join us and be a part of this exciting, extremely rewarding, creation.

For centuries composers have had enlightened benefactors to enable them to bring their musical ideas to life - Claudio Monteverdi had the Doges of Venice to support him, J.S. Bach had the Archbishop of Salzburg and Haydn had the Esterhazy family just to name a few. At WASO we are proud to acknowledge our very own benefactors.

Donations to The WASO Song Book have produced the following works:

Sir John Tavener – Little Ceremonial (supported by Janet Holmes à Court AC – co-commission with Norfolk and Norwich Festival).
Ross Edwards – Elegies and Epiphanies (supported by Peter R. Dawson).

Ross Edwards – Spirit Ground (supported by Geoff Stearn).

James Ledger – Golden Years Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (supported by Geoff Stearn).
Jared Yapp – The Ecstatic (supported by an anonymous Patron).

Carl Vine – Concert for Orchestra (supported by Geoff Stearn).

Mark-Anthony Turnage – Håkan (supported by Janet Holmes à Court AC and WASO’s Making Music Together Patrons as part of a co-commission with KölnMusik - Kölner Philharmonie, London Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonie Luxembourg and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg).

Commissioning new work is an extremely rewarding experience. You are credited on the score - forever - as the commissioner of the work. Your name will be mentioned in program notes and all other publications where the work is discussed. Where possible, you will have the opportunity to meet the composer and perhaps most importantly, you will get the pleasure of knowing you are supporting the creative minds of contemporary Australia and that you have enabled the composing of a new work of art that would otherwise not have been able to be created.

As Janet Holmes à Court AC said, 'commissions can be supported in many different ways for many different reasons. Ten friends can get together to commission a new work for the eleventh friend’s birthday. A commission can celebrate an anniversary, the birth of a grandchild, the memory of a loved one or it can be for the simple pleasure of leaving a legacy to your love of music.'

We invite you to be a part of The WASO Song Book by supporting a new work for WASO. In doing so, you will join a special community of WASO supporters, dedicated to building the music of tomorrow.

To learn more, please contact Alecia Benzie, Executive Manager, Philanthropy on 9326 0020 or