Edward Primrose

After a formal education in Australia (Canberra School of Music, ANU) under the composers Larry Sitsky, Donal Hollier and Don Banks, Edward conducted with the then Canberra Opera. He was awarded the ASME Young Composers award for the work French Suite for voice and chamber ensemble with a text from the Dadaist poet Tristan Tzara. This was premiered in Sydney where he conducted the Seymour Group in the Three Generations concert.

Edward spent several years in the UK and France as composer for theatre, dance, video, and film. After returning to Australia he was a regular orchestral recording conductor specialising in recording to image. 

Edward was the founding Artistic Director of Camera Camerata (orchestral music for film recording project) in 1998 with the Australian Youth Orchestra and incorporating teams of filmmakers and composers.

He has taught composition at the University of Western Sydney, the Australian Institute of Music (as head of Composition & Music Theory 1993-4), the American University in Paris, the University of Sydney, the Centre for Continuing Education, Sydney Film School, Macquarie University, the International Film School of Sydney, Newcastle Conservatorium, Box Hill Institute, Australian Catholic University and the Academy of Film, Theatre & Television. He was Composer in Residence at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) 1995-97. He was then the first to be appointed Lecturer in Screen Composition at AFTRS 1999-2000 and again in 2007-13. He has also lectured at the Queensland Conservatorium and the Griffith University Film School.

His compositions range from chamber, choral, vocal and orchestral works (including two symphonies and a concerto) to theatre, film, radio drama, dance, fusion albums plus cine-music-theatre works.

Works include:
Orchestral: Symphony No 2 – In memoriam Don Banks, Cinema Music, Resurrection, I Can’t See You But I Know You’re Here; Neikos; Acragas

Chamber Music: Five Movements for Nine Solo Strings; Otto Tango (versions for string quartet and piano 4 hands); Lignes de faille; Psychotic Osmosis; Bach Inverted (a re-imagining of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier).

Vocal: The opera Hedda; Agon for SATB & ensemble;

Works for the Theatre: Kamera Obskura, Kill Only This One Medea, Aria de mezzo carattere, Misteryaki, The Rood Screen, Liaisons Dangereuses, An Unexpected Execution;

Film: Révérence, Humanimation, the dancer from the dance (all nominated for the AGSC/APRA/AMCOS Best music for documentary in 2000, 2002 and 2014).

cine-music-theatre: DIE: a pedagogical fiction; The Wife of Empedocles; The Art of Lies and Obfuscation;

He wrote, directed and composed the film Kill Only This One; plus incidental music for the radio dramas Ghost Words and Brother Boy for ABC Radio National. In 2014, his radio play Ray and Ponce was broadcast on Soundproof, ABC RN. Recent works include Entre les lignes (String orchestra), Lignes de faille (Contrabass sax & 6 trombones), the electroacoustic work One Hour Above Earth, music for the short films Little Heart and The Assistant.

As Artistic Director of SphereSonores, Edward has initiated another production vehicle referred to as ‘cine-music-theatre’ – extending the concept of hybrid forms. From this idea has been produced the works Die: a pedagogical fiction, Ray and Ponce, The Wife of Empedocles, and most recently The Art of Lies and Obfuscation