2012 Award for Excellence by an Organisation or Individual

Arcko Symphonic Project – 2011 Concert Series

What distinguishes this ensemble is its primary dedication to the performance of Australian music, balancing new works with existing and often neglected repertoire. With limited resources, the Arcko Symphonic Project is steadily attracting larger audiences and a regular following through their choice of interesting repertoire and excellent quality of playing. Their stimulating, well-played concerts are clearly filling a need, and people are going out of their way to attend them.

Claire Edwardes – Flash: Marimba Miniatures recording project

Claire has been commissioning and championing Australian music for many years now and has been a wonderful advocate for Australian classical contemporary music. The CD, Flash, brings together some of those collaborations in a solo marimba showcase. These excellent recordings of works by 7 diverse Australian composers are a worthy addition to the exceptional contribution Claire has made towards the performance and recording of new Australian music. Claire Edwardes is an exceptionally talented soloist and her work covers an extraordinary range and breadth of material always performed at the highest standard.

Graeme Morton - Services to Australian Music

Through his life time of work of over 30 years, Graeme has made an incredible contribution to Australian music, influencing generations of choristers and composers. His efforts have changed the way people listen to choral work by Australian composers. One of Australia's most versatile musicians: composer, conductor, organist, educator and publisher, Morton is a passionate advocate for Australian music.

Speak Percussion - 2011 Annual Program

In 2011, Speak Percussion celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a full performance program of diverse Australian music  incorporating large and small scale chamber music programs.
During the year the ensemble presented 29 works by Australian composers with 13 world premieres
and 5 Australian premieres. Speak Percussion opened the 2011 MONA FOMA Festival in Hobart and attracted a total audience of over 7000 people receiving 3 standing ovations.