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Dr Thomas Fitzgerald
Channel 7 Christmas Concert
One Earth Orchestra
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Thomas Fitzgerald, Chika Sydney 2008
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Thomas Fitzgerald, Peggy Glanville-Hicks Salons
Chika Soundtrack
Tom Fitzgerald and Martin Hayes
Tom Fitzgerald has composed a diverse range of music for Film and Television projects, as well as for Live Concert and Musical Theatre Events. These include productions with Patrick White for the A.B.C., and award winning scores for ABC Television Natural History Film Unit. He has scored for Feature Films and Multi Media projects, including "Snapshot", "Stanley" and "The Good Cook" and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1999 for his film score in "Turtle World".
Tom's concert performances include working with well-known artists such as Elton John, Dionne Warwick, Sting, James Taylor, Nancy Wilson, and Sammy Davis Jnr., as well as Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras and contemporary ensembles on violin. Tom has worked extensively in New York City, on Broadway for musicals, such as "Evita", in recording studios, and in contemporary music Concerts.
As a Musical Director, Tom has conducted Symphony Orchestras and directed productions for The State Orchestra of Victoria, for The ABC Queensland Symphony Orchestra, as well as Chamber Orchestra Ensembles in Australia and the United States. Also directing and or conducting several major television broadcast, live Concert Events for Melbourne International Arts Festival, Channel 7 Christmas Concert & Moomba. Musical Theatre Production credits include "Les Miserables" in Australia, as Conductor/assistant Musical Director/Orchestra Leader, and "The Phantom of the Opera" as musical consultant.
Recent Australian projects include Composer and Musical Director for "The Opening Ceremony", Melbourne International Festival of Arts, and creating music and sound design for major Television Advertising Commercials.
As director of One Earth Orchestra, Tom has brought together an exciting new Australian music ensemble of eighteen (plus) musicians, that workshop and perform the new works of International and Australian composers, such as Steve Reich, Stephen Ingham, David Baker, Keith Humble, Peter Sculthorpe and Tom Fitzgerald. The group comprises electric bass, drums, percussion, flute, string section, keyboard, opera soloists and vocalists. The "wild" expressive style blends contemporary electric sounds, orchestral and tribal textures, frequently incorporating improvisation within scored sections of material, spoken word and collaborating with multimedia artists.
Tom composed the music for “Chika”, a documentary performance created by Mayu Kanamori. The ABC Radio National program of “Chika” was a finalist in the Radio Feature, Documentary or Broadcast Special category of the 2004 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
Tom completed his Doctoral Thesis in Composition at University of Wollongong University in 2005. He also holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music (Hons) from Melbourne University and was a graduate student in the USA at Indiana University and New York City. Educational appointments have included sessional lecturer at Melbourne University, Scotch College, Melbourne Grammar, M.L.C. Kew and Wesley College.
In 2004, Tom was awarded the ABC Radio Arts/Australia Council New Media Artist-in-Residence for 2005 and a Peggy Glanville Hicks Composer Fellowship. In 2007, he was appointed a trustee of The Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers' House, the house was the residence of leading composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks and was her gift to the future of Australian music upon her death in 1990.
Shower Songs - Canaries in the Mineshafts, a radiophonic musical composition created during the composer's residency premiered on ABC Radio National networks on December, 2005.
And the Music Caught Fire: The Rebirth of Irish Music - 'The Awakening' and 'The Roaring Tiger', two programs exploring the renaissance of Irish Music presented by Thomas Fitzgerald and Siobhan McHugh. Broadcast in March 2007 on ABC Radio National.
The Martin Hayes/Dennis Cahill 2008 Australian tour - Thomas co-ordinated the presentation of concerts at Melba Hall, Melbourne and the Sydney Opera House, and masterclasses in both cities. During this time he interviewed the Irish fiddle virtuoso for a documentary currently in the making and also as part of the Peace Song Tapestries Great Music Masters series. Click the flash play button on the right to listen to the Peace Song Tapestries interview.
Peace Song Tapestries is the concept of Thomas Fitzgerald and invites young people to discover new ways for peace through the power of music. Contributed works form part of a SBS Radio Broadcast, and were woven by musical director 'Dr Tom' into a music and soundscape Tapestry which showcased the songs of peace in concert during the Sydney Harmony Day 2008 celebrations. Visit the Peace Songs website to learn more about this project.
The CD recording of the 'CHIKA' soundtrack was released at the Sydney season of "CHIKA" A Documentary Performance at Carriageworks in March 2008.

Grants & Awards

Pa Best Original Music Award, 2002 Sienna International Festival. Best short film at Venice Film Festival 2002
Midsummer Nights Dream  Melbourne Theatre Critics Award for Best Musical Composition & Direction. 1998
Turtle World Film score nominated for an Academy Award in 1999
Chika The ABC Radio National program of “Chika” was a finalist in the Radio Feature, Documentary or Broadcast Special category of the 2004 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
ABC Radio Arts/Australia Council New Media Artist-in-Residence for 2005
Peggy Glanville Hicks Composer Fellowship 2005

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