Raymond Hanson Centenary Symposium and Concert

Raymond Hanson

Raymond Hanson


Convenors: A/Prof Kathleen Nelson and Dr Joanna Drimatis (SCM Musicology Unit)

This event celebrates the centenary of the birth of Australian composer Raymond Hanson (b. Sydney 23 November 1913, d. 1976). Almost completely self-taught, Hanson developed a quietly original voice which at times came close to those of composers such as Hindemith and Bartok, and his work shares something of the richness and depth of their music. Hanson’s music has always had its passionate advocates, and the last few years have seen increasing interest. He was a long-standing member of staff at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music teaching composition, harmony and ear training, and his pupils included Nigel Butterley, Barry Conyngham, Richard Meale, Larry Sitsky and others. This symposium will celebrate and consider Hanson’s compositional work and examine its broader context. Following the symposium, we are excited and delighted to present a full concert of Hanson’s music, which will include some pieces receiving first performances, and others heard for the first time in many years.

Enquiries and entry

Entry is free. RSVP is appreciated.

RSVP and Enquiries:
T +61 2 9351 1451
E con.rsvp@sydney.edu.au

Draft Program

9.30–2.30, Music Workshop

Time Activity
9.30am Graeme Skinner

Musical “Sydney moderns” between the two world wars?

10.00am Sandra Ridgewell

“The Experience of Modernity”: the Sydney Composer Raymond Hanson (1913-1976)

10.30 – 11am Morning Tea
11.00am Joanna Drimatis and Neil McEwan

The Immortal Touch Part 2

11.15am Anthony Linden Jones


11.30am Rhoderick McNeill

Raymond Hanson’s Symphony Op.28 and Australian symphonies in one-movement of the 1940s and 50s

12.00pm Grahame Dudley
12.15pm Discussion
12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Larry Sitsky

On recollections of Ray and his importance in the Australian stream

1.50 – 2.30pm Panel discussion led by Richard Toop

Concert of Music by Raymond Hanson

3.30 – 5pm, Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Performers Work
Stephanie McCallum (piano) “The Garden Seat”

‘Balmoral Beach’


Members of the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Staff:

Sue Newsome (clarinet), Michael Duke (sax), Aldo Baerten (flute), Andrew Barnes (bassoon), Alexandre Oguey (oboe)

Divertimento for Wind Quintet- for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in B flat, Saxophone in E flat and Bassoon
Susan Collins (violin) / David Miller (piano) An Etching – 1969

Seascape – 1953

Conservatorium Brass Ensemble: Cond. Joanna Drimatis / (Dir) Andrew Evans Van Diemen’s Land
Michael Halliwell (baritone) / David Miller (piano) Songs by Hanson

  1. Three Songs Op.4

    i. In Fairyland

    ii. Shades of night

    iii. The wide world

  2. War Op.13
  3. Landing barge – off shore
Michael Kieran Harvey (piano) Piano Sonata Op.12