Composer part of WASO project

David Salvaire, GERALDTON GUARDIANGeraldton Guardian

A budding Geraldton composer will have his work played by some of the nation’s best classical musicians after being selected for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s prestigious Composition Project.

Jordan Moore was one of four music students in WA accepted into the project, which gives young composers a chance to develop their orchestral writing skills.

Over four months, students will compose an original work for a 14-piece ensemble to be performed by the WASO chamber orchestra in front of a live studio audience.

“It’s a group of strangers who are all professional musicians so it’s a little daunting knowing they’ll be critiquing my work,” Moore said.

“I know everything I write will be played to precision, so it puts a lot of pressure on the writers because there are no excuses if it sounds bad.”

The 21-year-old pianist is in his fourth year of study at the University of Western Australia and will now have to balance his current workload with the new project.

Teachers at Nagle Catholic College encouraged Moore to pursue a career in music and, after completing his exams in 2011, he moved to Perth to study music composition at UWA.

The young composer said he understood classical music had become a niche genre in recent years.

Instead of writing for performing orchestras, Moore said he hoped to use his training to forge a career in composing music for the screen.

“I’d listen to film scores more than I’d listen to AC/DC when I was growing up,” he said.

“Music shapes time and space in cinema and it evokes an instinctive emotional response, so I really want to learn how to create something like that. I’d like to study overseas next, preferably at the Royal College of Music in London, because they have a Masters course in film composition, which is what I really want to do.”

WASO Composition Project director James Ledger was impressed with the way Moore’s work had developed in his short time at UWA.

“I’m not surprised he’s been accepted because he’s been showing real imagination with his scores recently,” he said.

“This is an amazing opportunity for him because it’s the first time he’ll hear his work played by professionals, which is the best lesson in composition you can get.

“I’ve been running this project for nearly 10 years now and I’ve seen students go on to study at places like Harvard and build amazing careers.

“Jordan really has hit his straps in the past couple of years and he’s started to find his own voice in his work.”

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