Ngarra-burria: First Peoples Composers program, an Indigenous-led composers development program, has won a major international award at the Classical:NEXT festival in Hannover, Germany.

Classical:NEXT is the largest industry conference in the classical and art music world, gathering together 1,000 artists and industry professionals from more than 45 countries. The Innovation Awardseeks to raise awareness of “forward-thinking projects taking place around the world”. with a shortlistthat included projects from Colombia, Italy, Lithuania, USA, UK and Chile, including Australia’s Big hART for their Secret Life of Shedsproject.

Ngarra-burria participating composers with industry partners

Established by composer Christopher Sainsbury in 2015/16, the Ngarra-burria program is a partnership between the ANU School of Music, Moogahlin Performing Arts, the Australian Music Centre and Ensemble Offspring, which aims to connect Indigenous composers with established classical composers and ensembles, and to more fully integrate Indigenous music into the classical repertoire. The composers featured over the...